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With the case mod competition underway I'm considering going liquid. I figured I go for a CPU-only loop to keep it simple from the start.
I have a few questions
  1. about layout
    Based on the theme I need to layout components as such

    The Rad and Res would actually be enclosed in "stuff" ( I don't want to give away the mod idea ). So basically the res will be in another container, and the rad would be in a custom grill/housing shaped as I need.
    The rad and HDDs can be moved up/down as I need so that part of the diagram is variable.
    I'll likely be using my sig rig parts (minus case). The case is a old gateway tower -- I'll post pics when I get home of the case torn up.
    I don't think I've ever seen a rad in front and wanted to know if there's any reason (other than aesthetics) not to.
  2. about what happens when there's less airflow to cool ram/nb/etc
    Will I need to add addition fans front and back to keep the case air flow reasonable? I certainly can't afford to cool all of ram/nb/mosfets/gpu.
  3. about parts
    Here's what I've chosen from petra's based on threads and builds here. Does this setup seem reasonable?


more when I think of it or when you need it.
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Would you consider a 220 radiator?

Then you could have the aiflow from the lower fan flow over the HDD's, and the airflow from the upper fan hitting the RAM.

Take a look at the Liquid Chameleon mod in my sig. It has a 120mm rad up-front that cools the loop prior to it hitting the GPU. With some work and effort the rad can be integrated into the front cleanly.

Good luck!

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I really need it to be "mostly" square. Do you think the 120 rad would be enough?
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hey dude, make sure you leave room for a couple of fans. you should consider an intake and exhaust. since your putting your rad up front you dont want to intake there. maybe you could mod some intake fans on the bottom and put an exhaust on top.
    
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hey dude, make sure you leave room for a couple of fans. you should consider an intake and exhaust. since your putting your rad up front you dont want to intake there. maybe you could mod some intake fans on the bottom and put an exhaust on top.
that's a great idea.. I'll definitely have exhaust on top and I could make a stand for airflow from the bottom.
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I really need it to be "mostly" square. Do you think the 120 rad would be enough?
Imho it will be "sufficient", but if you can a 220 will make you happier and be able to support higher performance than the 120.

Perhaps you could use 2 x 120 rads? One mounted in front, and one mounted elsewhere... not sure about how that would affect the flow-rate.
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Anyone make cylindrical radiators? That'd work for me too.
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Anyone make cylindrical radiators? That'd work for me too.
Yes. EK makes a multi-res in 3 versions (I think it is 3).
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Why don't you get the PA 160? Its bigger than a 120 rad, but still square-ish.

And yes, EK makes at least 3 sizes of cylindrical reservoirs.
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I think that he means a rad, not a res. I dont know of any cylindrical radiators. Sorry
    
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