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Cooling questions for my Vengeance

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Guys, I haven't even bought the parts yet because I'm still researching everything. The system I want has the following main parts: Coffee Lake 8700K; ROG STRIX GAMING Z370F or MSI Gaming Pro Carbon; ROG STRIX GTX 1080tiOC or MSI Lightning (or perhaps the Sea Hawk?). 500 GB M.2 SSD mounted on the mobo. 3TB Seagate HDD, which I could put in an optical drive bay. 850 W PSU.

My cooling questions: Should I use air or AIO liquid? If air, can you recommend a model and tell me which direction to have it blowing in? If AIO, can you recommend a model and tell me where to mount it, should it be push or pull or push/pull and intake or exhaust?

What about the other fans? Front, bottom, rear and top. Which type and size, intake or exhaust? Corsair puts air filters where it thinks the air should come in, so not at the top on the C-70 but I've seen top fans used as intakes.

Possible scenario: 120mm rad venting from the back with two 140mm fans on the roof (exhaust or intake?)
Possible scenario: 240 rad venting from the roof with one 120mm fan at the back (exhaust or intake?)

Will the GPU be blowing hot air over the mobo?

I'm worried about AIO because the only mounting areas that I can see are at the back (120mm rad) or the top (240mm rad) but surely that would mean using them as intakes because I don't want to be drawing warm case air through them as vents, or does it not matter?

So, please. What is the optimum cooling solution for my rig? Please tell me which fans to put where and please specify intake or exhaust, 120 or 140, SP or AF.

I live in Turkey and some brands just can't be found here. I'm pretty much stuck with Cooler Master, Corsair. Thermal Take, Xigmatek and Zalman.

Damn, I never thought cooling would be so complicated!

Thanks in advance.

Iain
post #2 of 5
Just go air in that case, it looks a bit tight for AIO or customer water cooling.
Then just put fans where they show in the pic
https://images10.newegg.com/ProductImageCompressAll1280/11-139-013-09.jpg

2 at the front, intakes, one at the back, exhaust.

Set your cpu cooler to blow air in the same direction as the rear exhaust. done.
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Lite-On DVD-RW Noctua DH-14 CPU Cooler Windows 7 Pro x64 Samsung 24" LED 1080p 5ms DVI (S23A300B) 
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Thanks for the advice. I've been doing a lot more online research and asking local computer stores so I now have a good idea of airflow and radiator configurations and things to look for when buying a case such as clearance for radiators of various sizes.

Still looking at buying a Vengeance for my i7 8700K build.

So, here's a question. Can I fit a 280mm rad in the top of a Vengeance? LinusTechTips did but I haven't seen any more builds like that. If I did this, could I then add two extra fans to the roof of the case, on the outside? (In to out - fan, rad, case, fan.) In exhaust configuration of course. It might look ugly but the case itself just begs to be modded further so it is possible to hide the fans if I did that.

Isn't the C-70 just a huge radiator anyway? The whole case is made of steel.
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If your heart set on water cooling i would think hard on a bigger case or one with more air flow for the rads.If you want a military looking case have you looked at the cougar panzers there is 3 of them they look kinda military ish.Or pick a different case and paint it army green or something like that.
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Good points. Thanks. I'm starting to think that AIO is the way to go for an 8700K. Air coolers might not cut it. So that would mean abandoning the C-70 in favor of a larger case. I do like the 760T. It's like a C-70 on steroids and I could mod it a bit to have that military feel.
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