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Which rad is the best, i need a rad under or up to $100, im kind of a cheap skate. Which one?

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Are there any rads on sale?
post #2 of 28
What size are you looking for?

Two that come to mind at about that price range are the GTX and PA.

$100 is high end (just about), but a $50 rad would work nearly as well, especially with the right fans.
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Radiators have actually come along way and you wont find more than a few degrees celsius difference between radiators of comparable sizes. In all honesty now, between a Black Ice GTX 360, Thermochill PA120.3, Swiftech MCR-320-QP, ect, there is not much difference to brag about. Basically here are the differences:

Black Ice GTX 360
Pro: When provided with a good amount of airflow, it is better than the Thermochill PA120.3
Con: Unfortunately, it is also considerably louder and more restrictive than the other radiators.

Thermochill PA120.3
Pro: This guy provides optimal heat transfer achieved on low airflow with the least amount of restriction allowing users to run multiple blocks without much consequence
Con: Bigger than the other radiators as well as thicker so may not be ideal for some cases. Very expensive as it is imported from UK

Swiftech MCR-320-PQ
Pro: It is not restrictive and achieves optimal heat transfer with low airflow. Is also considerably cheaper
Con: One of the lesser performers heat wise but again, difference is a just a few C's and therefore negligible

Coolingworks 32-T
Pro: The some what suped up version of the 320-QP when the creator left Swiftech. It has better due to being double row of fins versus the single row of the Swiftech
Con: Needs higher airflow than the Swiftech and is a bit more restrictive as well

There are other radiators, namely the Black Ice GTS, Magicool, ect but for performance/price ratio, they are hardly worth going into.
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I am selling a Swiftech MCR 320-QP btw
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post #5 of 28
can't go wrong with swifty's either mcr320 or 220. i have both and they perform flawlessly. yeah the paint does come off easy but u hide the rad in the 1st place. plus u won't need anything over 86cfm cause of the wide gap in the fins. there cheap too...XD
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I'll vote for the Swiftech MCR-320-PQ. The two Swifty rads I do own work great without impinging the flow from the pumps.

I once own a BlackIce a few years back. There was very little difference to the Swifty rad to mention. Knowning that and how some people felt about the BlackIce being superior, I was able to sell the BlackIce rad for more than what I paid for. Go figure that out. I'm happy with the Swifty rads.
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post #7 of 28
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Which fans would i run with it?
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Black Ice GTX 360
Pro: When provided with a good amount of airflow, it is better than the Thermochill PA120.3
Con: Unfortunately, it is also considerably louder and more restrictive than the other radiators.
If you call 47cfm Yate Loons high cfm..360 GTX Beats PA.3 Using 47cfm YL Fans.......Its not much more restrictive flow wise then a PA either..

The GTS is restrictive not the GTX...A GTS on a CPU only loop with a good pump is a good bang for buck rad, it beats out the BIX and BIP...."Masters of Cooling" GTS Review....


Something like these would be good on a Swifty....86cfm Pana..They would be even better on a BIX, the PA will only beat a BIX by a couple of C with higher cfm fans..BIX 360..
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lol i was lookin around for that first link ira......i figured you would show up eventually with it
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The GTS240 is rather good and cheap. I have one cooling off both my CPU and GPU (both overvolted and overclocked) with a pair of medium speed Panaflos running at 7V; the GPU does not break 65*C and the CPU stays below 60*C, and that's with my room being a warm 30*C.
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