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post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by KaptainK View Post

Sure, I probably do things wrong, this is my first loop. My knowledge only comes from reading threads here and there.
I'm here to gather advice thumb.gif

I have three postulates for the choices I made :
- 390x can run hot
- I want silence and so fans that rotate slowly (under 1000rpm)
- I want to have the possibility of overclocking a,d some times benching

With that, I was thinking that only 4x120 (or 2x240) was not enough to go cold and quiet in normal usage (max load will be games at 2560x1080).

Maybe I should go with Core X2 instead of Core V21 (I can return it). And so have some more room to work in and go with 45mm thick rads.

What would you do ?

It sounds like the performance of the loop is more important you than the case, so your doing the right thing now by figuring out what components you need and then buying a case to fit that.

So if it was me I would change the case. The X2 will give you a lot more versatility and room to work with.
 
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post #12 of 16
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Well, CPU block change is planned, raystorm pro isn't the same price as EK MX here in france, but EK MX is nice thumb.gif

Based on Core X2, what is the optimal choice to cool silently the CPU and the GPU?
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by KaptainK View Post

Well, CPU block change is planned, raystorm pro isn't the same price as EK MX here in france, but EK MX is nice thumb.gif

Based on Core X2, what is the optimal choice to cool silently the CPU and the GPU?

I really answered that already:
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Originally Posted by ciarlatano View Post

If you do a Core X2 with a pair of Nemesis 360GTS, you wold be closer to your want list. The GTS is actually a slightly better performer than the GTX in low noise applications, and will give you some breathing room in the case. Make sure you appropriate fans that aren't noise prone (GTs, Vardars, eLoops, Phanteks F120MP, Corsair ML120 - though there seems to be issues sprouting up with the ML120 in that thread).

Also, the EK MX that @Radnad mentioned is a nice economical choice, as is the XSPC Raystorm Pro. Personally, I really prefer the Raystorm Pro between those two, performance of the Raystorm is a touch better in most tests (really too small to matter), but the mounting kit is far easier to work with. That Alphacool CPU block you are looking at is really not a good choice. As I stated earlier, the GPU block is not ideal, but is certainly ok.

Using a D5/res combo would also simplify your life a bit - like the XSPC Photon D5 or EK X-Res Revo D5. The Photons are glass and are pretty incredible looking in person. Photos don't show it, buy side by side with acrylic reservoirs the difference is very noticeable.

Last thing, if it is your first loop, as advised, keep it small and simple. Soft tubing is far, far easier to use for a first build and will acquaint you with the concept and the procedures. 3/8" x 5/8" is the most popular tubing for a couple of reasons - it is substantial enough to provide proper flow and look right in the case, and the tubing wall is thick enough to make tighter bends without kinking. Most use Primochill Advanced LRT, and it is hard to dispute that it is one of the best.

Finally, draw out your loop before you purchase parts. Make sure you order enough fittings and proper angles where necessary.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Wow, I haven't seen your post at the bottom of the previous page, thks
My want list is a thing, but maybe there is a best choice. Core X2 can fit medium rad as Alphacool XT45

For tubing I planned 16/10 soft and full black but haven't look at this for now. That primochill isn't sold in France mad.gif

The fan that you indicate are low/no noise fan, isn't it ? eloop and vardar was the two shortlisted rolleyes.gif
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by KaptainK View Post

Wow, I haven't seen your post at the bottom of the previous page, thks
My want list is a thing, but maybe there is a best choice. Core X2 can fit medium rad as Alphacool XT45

For tubing I planned 16/10 soft and full black but haven't look at this for now. That primochill isn't sold in France mad.gif

The fan that you indicate are low/no noise fan, isn't it ? eloop and vardar was the two shortlisted rolleyes.gif

Bigger is not always better. The Nemesis 360 GTS outperforms the XT45 at low and moderate fans speeds, and they are almost dead even at high fans speeds:




Also, the HWL radiators are far higher quality in terms of construction and finish, and they have better factory prep. Alphacools are notorious for being filled with garbage out of the box and requiring extensive cleaning. Having owned several rads from both mfg, not a chance I would buy an Alphacool again.
post #16 of 16
Yes don't worry about rad thickness so much as more coverage. More total rad space is always better than tbicker rads.
 
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