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So I had a rant thread, outline a friend who purchased a 540 air instead of the case that met the guidelines he requested.

Now we are planning the loop, going to be somewhat simple for him to maintain, but hes a stones throw away and I know my hands will be all up in it all the time.

We have a mATX board of decent quality and a evga GTX780 classified.

Now its time to block it up.

Things we have:

-6x Corsair AF140's some came with the case, 3 were purchased separately.

-2x SP120L ( will probably be set aside )

-an air 540 with a z87 matx gigabyte board inside

Things in the shopping carts.

-alphacool monsta 280mm ( going in the bottom with push pull af140's )

-alphacool ST30 280mm ( going in the top with push AF140's, moving to a higher static pressure fan later on. as the other AF140's were purchased before my consent, we are going to wait for a defacto high pressure fan before making a change )

-EVGA hydrocopper classy block with backplate ( trying to reserve our spot with a member of OCN. )

-EK supremacy CSQ clean

-D5 photon pump/res combo

-7/16 x 5/8" primoflex advance LRT in white, for use on 1/2" barbs. ( we have ordered the barbs plus a handful extra just in case. )

-2x Silver bullet plugs, as well as some standard plugs for the rads. ( last order of my alphacool rads came with plastic plugs, do not want. )


Just making sure I didn't miss anything critical, as this will be my first loop assembly with someone else's machine. Normally I would say no, but he wants to toss some cash into the rig and I want to have some fun while I patiently wait for my kryographics Hawaii

The overkill on radspace is expected to serve a purpose down the road for possible dualgpu cards, and other upgrades.

Using all of the available space below the bottom of the board is my Idea, I cant stand space and client agrees it looks a little wasted.
Edited by Xinoxide - 4/7/14 at 12:14am
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I really suggest not even wasting time installing the AF120s on the radiators at all. Like you said, you'll just be replacing them anyway. Why not just buy them now that way you don't have to tear everything apart again just to replace fans.

Don't forget the CPU block as well.
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I really suggest not even wasting time installing the AF120s on the radiators at all. Like you said, you'll just be replacing them anyway. Why not just buy them now that way you don't have to tear everything apart again just to replace fans.

Don't forget the CPU block as well.

Oh yesyesyes. we do want them replaced. I am just unsure of what to get.

The fans will be enough to go through the rad for the time being. They will have to be, I cant currently find enough info on which fans will work best.

The CPU block is the supremacy CSQ clean!
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I cant currently find enough info on which fans will work best.

Gentle typhoons are a fans fav around here. So is Cougars, Noise Blockers, SP120's.
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I cant currently find enough info on which fans will work best.

Gentle typhoons are a fans fav around here. So is Cougars, Noise Blockers, SP120's.


Oh I agree 100%.

The fact of the matter is we are using radiators for 140mm fans.

The rads are quite low fin density so any fan really can get some air through it. The hard part is finding fans that will do a better job without the waste of money.
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Akasa vipers seem to push the air quite well on my rads, running 8 on a Monsta 560 and 4 on a Monsta 280. Real quiet @ 1000rpm and I cannot hear them in my setup under 800rpm. At full throttle (1600rpm) get a bit of harmonic going. But that is expected with 16 fans.
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Akasa vipers seem to push the air quite well on my rads, running 8 on a Monsta 560 and 4 on a Monsta 280. Real quiet @ 1000rpm and I cannot hear them in my setup under 800rpm. At full throttle (1600rpm) get a bit of harmonic going. But that is expected with 16 fans.

Yeah, I am looking at these as well as the bitfenix spectres.

looking at the spectres because my switch from high pressure deltas to coolermaster R4's was surprising to say the least. The vipers just seem to be alot faster and will probably work better just due to pushing alot more air, but I think I am imagining the blade design on the spectres will be beneficial?

Some defacto reviews of these fans on rads would amazing.
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A test done in 2012 which includes the vipers. Not on rads but has restricted airflow measurements. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/331629-28-cooling-roundup-2012
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For 140mm radiator fans check out the phanteks. They perform pretty darn well and are quiet. Probably the only decent 140mm radiator fan out imo.

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