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post #11 of 30
If I were you, I would get a 360 if you are going to cool a GFX card and CPU. The higher temp. that the GFX card will reach will raise CPU temps if the rad isn't large enough. I would also recommend dual loops and dropping the NB and SB. It is a waste of flow and those can be cooled more than enough with air.

You may be OK with a 240 (I ran an E2140 and 2900Pro on a single 240 rad) The temps will be OK, but don't expect anything better than what you would get with decent air cooling. Water cooling won't help your set-up much unless you have a way of increasing vcore on the GFX card. The E8400's don't need good cooling and to really make use of water cooling with a GFX card, you really need to raise the voltages.



I would never use a single 120 rad. The flow restriction compared to the temp drop would not be worth it. The only time you should look at more than one rad is when you have more than one loop
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Here is my old radiator estimator. Plug in the heat in watts and experiment for yourself with the different fan combos. It's only the PAs in there, but you should see similar gains in any radiator. Not the most accurate tool, but it gives you an idea. Based on 10C c/w figures and assumes those values scale linearly away from that delta which they don't, so it has some error.
    
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Id your giving up your chiller? The great thing about a chiller is you can cool your whole mobo down with one..I still have my AC sitting here in a box......I'll get it done one day I guess....I'd go for a good triple rad for a multi-block loop, it will keep your temp's from spiking so much....A GTX if you can afford it and if 100+ cfm fans don't bother your a BIX is a good on for cheap...Cheaper ones that might handle it all with lower cfm fans would be a Swirty 320 or BIP 360...
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I would go with the triple......I mean why not? Is it really that much harder to mount? Not really IMO. I'm running a GTX480 mounted on the back and it cools like a champ.
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just save ur ducktes and get a gtx480 that should be more than plenty.
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I am running NB/SB + 2 VR blocks and CPU [coppertop GTX] off a PA120.3.. idling on the Q6600 @ 3.7ghz at ~28-30c. Only running 3x fans in a pull config..and very quiet too I might add. The PA's are very open, so they do not generate much additional noise [ie- from your fans changing pitch due to restriction, or from the air turbulence through the rad]

That said, I would not go 120.2 .. you will outgrow it too quickly. Leave room for improvement.. you will be much happier the next time you re-config your W/C loop.
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Cl what do you think of the PA compared to your old BIX?
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post #18 of 30
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Originally Posted by binormalkilla View Post
I would go with the triple......I mean why not? Is it really that much harder to mount? Not really IMO.
Ditto. If you already know you're going to add the gpu down the road, might as well get the 360 and get it mounted now if you have the option.
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PA 120.3 is not comparison to the BIX2 120.2

Much lower restriction internally and externally [for airflow].

ie- I was running 4x130CFM Beta's on my BIX2 .. running CPU only loop on my e6700, idling at ~44c @ 1.52vcore/ 3.8ghz with load temps hitting ~58c after a 2hr Orthos small FTT.

*With the 5 block loop I am running now, with Q4 @ 3.7ghz, 1.48vcore.. I am idling at or below 30c and full 4core Orthos load after 2hrs, is only ~55-58c.

Overall, I would say, I doubled my heat dump and cut my temps in half.
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Thanks......I forgot you were using a 240 BIX...Those are some very impressive temp's with the PA...I still want to get a 160PA, I've always wanted one of those, if I ever get around to putting a TEC on my GPU I think I'll get a 160 for it...
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