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Hi Guys and Gals,

I have ARC XL case and I want to watercool my pc [cpu i5-4670k and gpu gtx 770 lightning]
I will OC my cpu, but not gpu and I want to get away with one radiator.
I can mount fat 280 in front or slim 360 on top side. Drive cages are already removed : P
Which will give more cooling power?
Also, any advices on specific radiator? I heard that Phobya G-Changer 280 is quite good - is it true?

Cheers : )
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Alphacool XT45 or ST30, depending on how much room you have. I'd also recommend push+pull fans. If the XT45 is too thick to use push+pull, then go with the ST30. You'll probably get more performance out of a slim 360 with push+pull than you will with a thick 280 radiator with push+pull
Edited by morencyam - 4/10/14 at 7:16am
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Surface area usually is what matters most to cooling performance, so the thin 360 should offer better cooling for what you want than a "fat 280", but not necessarily so. If you are limited with the 360 to a very thin rad (~30mm) in push or pull only (fans on one side only) but have room for an 85mm thick monsta 280 in push-pull (fans on both sides) then the cooling performance could be pretty close either way.

You could edge out the monsta by using a high fin count / high airflow restriction 360 rad, something like a HardwareLabs GT Stealth 360, but you'll need good high static pressure / high cfm fans run at higher rpms to take advantage of it so will be sacrificing some in noise.
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The new Nemesis Stealth or whatever the new series is called doesn't have high FPI.


I personally would go w/ a 30 to 45mm 2x140mm radiator. Similar surface area w/ less noise.]
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Thanks a lot for replies!
Indeed, I would prefer less noise. Also, I have 4 140mm fans and not really enough 120mm fans ; P
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Alphacool XT45 or ST30, depending on how much room you have. I'd also recommend push+pull fans. If the XT45 is too thick to use push+pull, then go with the ST30. You'll probably get more performance out of a slim 360 with push+pull than you will with a thick 280 radiator with push+pull
Thing is, I might not be able to mount slim with push+pull as there is not enough space. So it's 280 with push+pull vs 360 slim with push or pull.
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Then I would go with a thick 280 with push+pull. Performance would probably be similar with either choice though.
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Alphacool XT45 or ST30, depending on how much room you have. I'd also recommend push+pull fans. If the XT45 is too thick to use push+pull, then go with the ST30. You'll probably get more performance out of a slim 360 with push+pull than you will with a thick 280 radiator with push+pull

^^^ What the man said ^^^

XT45, or ST30, prefetably a 360 over a 280.
And push/pull FTW, but push/pull is not that crucial with thinner rads like the XT and ST.
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Thanks a lot for replies!
Indeed, I would prefer less noise. Also, I have 4 140mm fans and not really enough 120mm fans ; P
Thing is, I might not be able to mount slim with push+pull as there is not enough space. So it's 280 with push+pull vs 360 slim with push or pull.
The 280 in p/p has my vote.
Thickest you can fit in p/p.
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Then I would go with a thick 280 with push+pull. Performance would probably be similar with either choice though.
Alright. One more question - you recommended Alphacool ST30 and XT45. What about UT60? Is it good as well? : )
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Yup, the UT60 is great too. Only reason I didn't mention it is because you were looking for a thin radiator for the top or a Monsta for the front. According to Martin, the UT60 the top performers at fan speeds over 1000RPM, but still holds it's own at speeds under 1000RPM.
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