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EK vs XSPC Loop for OCed CPU and GPU

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I have finally started planning a loop for my system after I just picked up the case I wanted(Corsair 540). Currently the CPU is cooled by a H60 in push/pull and the gpu is on the stock cooler. I plan to cool both the GPU and CPU with the loop and I do not plan to do cfx unless I stumble upon the GPU at a low price. I was thinking of putting a 280 rad and a 360 rad on the top and front of the case respectively both in a pull setup. I was also in between ordering individual pieces and/or ordering a Kit plus the additional items needed to fill the voids of the kit. I am using EK or XSPC in the parts below due mainly to those being the ones I read/hear about the most but I would not shy away from a different brand that would represent a higher quality product.

Please let me know what you think and if i missed anything crutiall on the parts list.

Proposed Loop
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post #2 of 3
A 280 and 360 can be done, but it is difficult as far as selection goes for fitment issues. I'd suggest coming over to the Air 540's owner's club and ask over there. I run UT60 240mm and UT60 360mm rad. I run the fans on the outside of the case between the mesh cover and the case itself. I would suggest you do this to have a bit more room to work inside of the case. I had to drill new holes for the top of the case for the UT60 240 up top though because of my motherboard's VRM heatsink.

IIRC the EK Coolsteam PE's are 40mm thick, so it will definitely fit in the front, heck depending, you might even be able to run P/P on the front. I'll measure when I get off work tonight and let you know if the 280 and 360 will work with a 40mm rad, but like I said, you might want to go ask over at the owner's club just in case someone has done it before.
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Thanks for the reply. Ill bring the question over to the 540 thread to see if anyone has a similar scenario and join the club biggrin.gif
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3.4Ghz i5 3570K [OC 4.5Ghz] ASUS P8Z77-V Pro Gigabyte 980 Ti G1 Gaming  G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB 2133 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 830 SSD  WB Black 2TB H100  Windows 7 Home Premium  
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 27MP33HQ 27" RAZER BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W Power Supply In Win 303 
Mouse
RAZER Copperhead 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Xeon X5460 EVGA i780 SLi Sapphire 7870 Ghz OC Sapphire 7870 Ghz OC 
RAMHard DriveCoolingOS
Kingston HyperX DDR2 [4x2GB] Kingston SSDNow V300 120gb H100i Windows 7 64bit 
PowerCaseMouse
Thermaltake Toughpower 850W  Corsair 200R Razer Copperhead  
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3.4Ghz i5 3570K [OC 4.5Ghz] ASUS P8Z77-V Pro Gigabyte 980 Ti G1 Gaming  G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB 2133 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 830 SSD  WB Black 2TB H100  Windows 7 Home Premium  
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 27MP33HQ 27" RAZER BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W Power Supply In Win 303 
Mouse
RAZER Copperhead 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Xeon X5460 EVGA i780 SLi Sapphire 7870 Ghz OC Sapphire 7870 Ghz OC 
RAMHard DriveCoolingOS
Kingston HyperX DDR2 [4x2GB] Kingston SSDNow V300 120gb H100i Windows 7 64bit 
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Thermaltake Toughpower 850W  Corsair 200R Razer Copperhead  
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