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Hey guys, currently I have a BI Stealth 240 and want to upgrade to a BI GTX 480. Do you guys think it is worth it? So far my loop is CPU only, but I want to extend it to the GPU and maybe the north bridge. What do you guys think?

Also, how much difference will I get if i upgrade it to a GTX 480. Oh ya, the fans I am using are 120x38 panaflos push/pull, so with the GTX 480... I will have 8 fans lol... That is crazy -_-

Also, have any of you ever seen/done a external GTX 480, as it won't fit on my case or be mounted via the radbox. Thanks in advance!
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Maybe you could build yourself a custom stand or case of somesort to put the radiator in
    
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My 480GTX is resting on the top of my case. See:



With just the cpu, you will notice a few-degree drop in temps and it will take much longer for the loop to heat up. However, once you add a gpu and the NB to the loop, the 480GTX would be very nice to have. I put on the top because the rad box was going to die under the weight.

Also, you may want a fan controller or two for all those fans. I've got 8 Panaflos too, and I only run the push ones when I'm benching. The top ones are on a fan controller.

Then again, with just the cpu and gpu, you should be fine with the 360GTX.
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Keep in mind guys.. I have an antec 900, looks great and has great flow, but hardly has any space lol.
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Originally Posted by puzzledazn View Post
Keep in mind guys.. I have an antec 900, looks great and has great flow, but hardly has any space lol.
Oh, right.

Perhaps you could do what Ira-k has done, and make a stand for the rad. His looks like this:


An external setup like this might even allow you to put the pump outside of the case as well.
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post #7 of 23
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Oh, right.

Perhaps you could do what Ira-k has done, and make a stand for the rad. His looks like this:
Wow... now that's great! Maybe I should do that...

Now I can put the rad anywhere with enough tubing.
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Originally Posted by puzzledazn View Post
Wow... now that's great! Maybe I should do that...
And the great thing about it is that if you don't do the shrouds, its really not hard to make at all.
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And how is it in terms of performance with the shrouds?
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I don't know the actually difference, but it helps since instead of having a dead spot on the RAD from the fan being so close, it is able to get the whole area with shrouds.
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