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What is the best water loop configuration?

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  • 80% (60)
    Reservoir => Pump => Radiator => CPU => Reservoir
  • 10% (8)
    Reservoir => Pump => CPU => Radiator => Reservoir
  • 9% (7)
    Other Please comment
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post #1 of 15
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What is the best water loop configuration?

Reservoir => Pump => Radiator => CPU => Reservoir
Reservoir => Pump => CPU => Radiator => Reservoir

I was wondering because the first configuration seems the best. I think any way will work as long as the radiator has proper cooling
post #2 of 15
1st one... because the pump heatdump is lost in the radiator.
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post #3 of 15
I voted "other" because there are other considerations besides loop order that have a greater impact on your final temp. In most loops with good flow (over 1-1.5GPM) order has minimal impact on cooling of components.

While squeezing another fraction of a degree out by changing loop order can't hurt, it's not as important as minimizing restrictions and rad considerations.
Edited by TonyL222 - 8/11/08 at 3:31pm
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post #4 of 15
I always run mine res-pump-rad-cpu-any other blocks...That way the coolest possible water will hit the CPU first...If you would need to run a lot of extra tubing to do that order just run it however...The extra tubing would just add more restriction and defeat the purpose anyway...

I always put the res right before the pump or it can starve it for water, makes it easier to fill and bleed to...I'd put a t-line right before it also to make it easier to fill and bleed...

I like keeping my pump in the bottom of the loop with the res a little above it, that way the pump is always gravity fed, less chance of having any dry starts that way..
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post #5 of 15
Thanks for the thread! Great clarification here!
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thanx for the info guys, was just wondering how to do mine after some cleaning
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post #7 of 15
Reservoir => Pump => Radiator => CPU => Reservoir
That's what i use and works great (heatkiller 3.0 here to )
post #8 of 15
ye, im was using the same config, but wasnt really sure if its the best.
I had to change some barbs, so thought i'd check out what's the best setup. I was already using this, so didnt have to change anything

btw, im using the HK 3.0 too
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post #9 of 15
ive tried both and i never have saw a difference, so i just did my loop for best cable management
pump - rez -radi - cpu
Edited by finalturismo - 1/11/10 at 10:29am
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post #10 of 15
ive used
pump cpu gpu rad
pump rad cpu gpu

and not had much diff in temps,if any

p.s i dont use a res. T-line fits my needs better
i voted pump cpu rad,as thats the configuration im currently using
Edited by tat2monsta - 1/11/10 at 10:51am
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