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I support the idea of one loop. I was in a similar situation deciding if i wanted one loop or two, and I went with one. I have...
3 - AMD 7970 cards (parallel)
1 - 2011 cpu
8 - sticks of RAM (parallel)
1 - 360 x45mm rad
1 - 240 x60mm rad

all in my one loop with two D5 pumps... the flow rate isnt amazing, but it meets my needs... so for sure stick with one loop

as far as adding a second rad, im not familiar with those cards your referencing, but id say if your not planning on overclocking, your fine. As the previous post says, your temps arent going to be amazing.

Without knowing your space requirements or pictures its hard to strait up advice you on what to do here, maybe it would be best to just replace the rad you currently have with a thicker one, instead of installing two? or I know they make some sweet add on exterior rads that snap on the top/ back of a case which might be a better option then having a janky set up...
post #12 of 16
Do full coverage waterblocks fit the twin frost 290xs?

Anyways, there's nothing wrong with running both loops to a single reservoir. Since the two loops coolants mix in the res the radiators would more or less all benefit a single loop, since they're intaking coolant from both the res which has the coolant from both loops. The only issue is pumps, you'd be better off plumbing it as a really long single loop. The only way I think you could justify running two loops to a single reservoir is if you had an extremely restrictive block or set of blocks, and wanted to isolate that one's flowrates from the rest of the loop.
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I am planning on oc'ing these cards when I get them under water, they are quite hot as is. To answer the question of a full cover block, EK says they have one coming soon, I guess the capacitors on these cards are a bit larger than standard.
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I support the idea of one loop. I was in a similar situation deciding if i wanted one loop or two, and I went with one. I have...
3 - AMD 7970 cards (parallel)
1 - 2011 cpu
8 - sticks of RAM (parallel)
1 - 360 x45mm rad
1 - 240 x60mm rad

all in my one loop with two D5 pumps... the flow rate isnt amazing, but it meets my needs... so for sure stick with one loop

as far as adding a second rad, im not familiar with those cards your referencing, but id say if your not planning on overclocking, your fine. As the previous post says, your temps arent going to be amazing.

Without knowing your space requirements or pictures its hard to strait up advice you on what to do here, maybe it would be best to just replace the rad you currently have with a thicker one, instead of installing two? or I know they make some sweet add on exterior rads that snap on the top/ back of a case which might be a better option then having a janky set up...

I am using a corsair carbide air 540 case, so the space is pretty limited, fx9370, cpu block is ek supremacy nickel/green plexi, crosshair v formula z board, and 2 msi 290x gpus. I don't think that when I get my basement finished it will look too bad, I do a lot of fabrication at work so I am an old hand at building things from scratch, I just should have used a larger case to start with. It just looks all jankity right now because the res is on top of the case and my lines are really long so I can have some room to work with later when I do finish things up. I think I will take everyones advice and use some thicker radiators because I will have plenty of room in this add on basement to house those as well. Heres some pics of what it looks like now

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/8307682/width/200/height/200/flags/ZC http://cdn.overclock.net/3/36/200x200px-ZC-36af6813_2014-03-22_23-01-32_480.jpeg

If the links don't work I have these pictures in a gallery on my profile here.
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post #15 of 16
Looking at some pics online of the case with watercooling parts installed its certainly not idea for water cooling hence why its in the air series and not the obsidian series but there are a few good looking builds ive ran across, that said they are running 2 slim line 240mm's with push/pull and a single gpu with a regular heat producing processor. 290x makes alot of heat, fx9370 makes a huge amount of heat, if you add another 240mm rad on the top you might get "ok" temperatures with this case and parts though they will be nothing amazing.

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I posted a link above to a rig on OCN that has a 240 and a 360 radiator along with dual GPU an acrylic tubing
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