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Hey all! I'm not building a rig right now but just soaking up some knowledge for future.

I'm kinda new with water cooling so I wanna know what's the word out there. I'm starting my research with the "radiator" as that is arguably the most vital component of the water cooling kit (as I understand it). So what do you think is the best out there? My initial research led me to this -

http://www.pureoverclock.com/Review-detail/aquacomputer-airplex-modularity-system/

Does this come close? I know this is a 2 year old product and something might already have surpassed it.

I was also interested to learn about thermoelectric cooling (TEC) so if someone could give a quick tip regarding that and how does it compare to conventional water cooling performance wise.

I'm basically looking for the highest performance cooling solution (price no bar) which is NOT as unconventional as liquid nitrogen/dry ice and feasible for a regular user. Thank you for standing my ignorance!
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I think a TEC is somewhere between conventionality of DICE and water.

TEC will degrade over time.

as far as best rad goes, airplex are versatile, but not the best.

You might want to hop on over to Martinsliquidlab and see what configurations will suit.
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Bundymania has an awesome comparison of pretty much every rad out there at the moment. I may be wrong but I think he's been updating it with new radiators as they come out.
link

Phase change systems might be up your alley, but they're rather expensive.
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Best radiator depends on the fan speed you intend to run at. Take a look at Martin's radiator shootout for a good comparison of some of the rads on the market.

TEC's can offer good performance at the cost of a fair bit of power, however they require a good deal of research first. Sizing them wrong can actually lead to worse performance. Have a read of the TEC sub-forum for more info.

"Best" cooling method feasible for 24/7 is probably phase change - it can be noisy and power hungry but can also hold your CPU below 0°C at load. Again, have a look at the Phase Change sub-forum.

You might also want to look at bong coolers, they can cool the water down to a few degrees below ambient using evaporative cooling. Here is an example
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Best rad out there is the Alphacool lineup.
Get the thickest one you can fit,while preserving room for push/pull.
An 80mm thick in push/pull with AP-30 fans would be my goto rad.
A CW611 can slow them down below 1000 rpm for silence, yet lots of performance to be had when pushing fans full speed.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PepeLapiu View Post

Best rad out there is the Alphacool lineup.
Get the thickest one you can fit,while preserving room for push/pull.
An 80mm thick in push/pull with AO-30 fans would be my goto rad.

I will second the Alphacool NexXxos lineup with fans of 2.5+ MM H2O

,however there are a lot of variables so I am speaking generally.

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All rads perform within 1.5/2c. Choose the one that has the best build quality and is in your budget.
I have run rads from every manufacturer (except Phobya,never give them money...),they are all much of a muchness.
I run the AMS rads currently,they are exceptional for build quality and are very good for low speed fans.

The HWL rads where/are my favorite,clean,well made and great performers.
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Bundymania has an awesome comparison of pretty much every rad out there at the moment. I may be wrong but I think he's been updating it with new radiators as they come out.
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Phase change systems might be up your alley, but they're rather expensive.

Yep, here's the Bundymania review, updated just last month to add 3 more 360mm radiators.

As a first-timer I spent way too many hours researching rads, the one that seemed to be on top of the reviews at low fan rpms most of the time was the XSPC RX360 version 2, so when the brand new version 3 split-fin was announced I got one first day they became available in the US, last week in January 2014, even though I didn't plan on building the loop for a few months.

Since then I've found many reviews that say it was the right decision, check out Bundy's charts at 600, 800, 1200, and 1500rpm, the XSPC RX360v3 is either rated #1 or #2, not bad...smile.gif

http://www.overclock.net/t/1309645/bundymania-user-review-triple-radiator-360-roundup-with-22-rads

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Alphacool Monsta, xspc RX v3 and, probably ( no reviews again) Hw labs Gtx nemesis.
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for me it 's the biggest one , because price don't scale with size , a single 360 80mm is nearly as expensive as a 1080 40mm , you can get the 1260 supernova for less then the price of 2 x60mm 360 rad,....
Otherwise you can get one of these supposed high quality rad like the feser admiral (http://www.specialtechforums.co.uk/showthread.php?4252-The-feser-company-%28tfc%29-360-admiral-radiator) but again i think the perf/price scale very badly , this rad would be 4-5 time the price of an equivalent magicool rad and will certainly never give you more then one or two °C less in water temp (which don't even mean lower temp on component anywayy)
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