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Series or Parallel loops?

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The stuff (so far):

ThermalTake VE1000 case
ThermalTake Aquabay (2U)
NZXT 5 channel fan controller
Hiper Type R II 680W PSU
BlackIce Extreme 120 X 240 Radiators (2) - mounted inside case at the top in horizontal configuration
Enermax ENLOBAL 120mm Fans (4) - mounted on rads in push position
Swiftech MCP-655 (with speed controller) water pump

This gear will be cooling an Intel Core2Duo E8500 (overclocked to some degree but as yet havent decided which waterblock I want) with an 880GTX (isnt the best but I am not a hardcore gamer) which will also be using some type of waterblock (to be determined). The NB and ram will also be watercooled. (again no decision yet on the waterblocks).

Thats what I have so far.. hopefully you peeps can recommend waterblocks.
Anyway, here is the question:
Why wouldnt I want to use a single supply manifold with separate lines for cooling each component, with the discharge from each component coming back to a single return manifold and then to the rads (rads are in series)?
Is it because the pump may not be able to provide enough flow? I can throttle the return flow from each loop using a valve that can be set for the demand (max) for each loop thus increasing flow to the higher demand components.
I intend to create the manifolds using 1" pipe with 1/4 fittings (ram and NB) and 3/8 fittings (CPU and GPU) for the supplies to the components.
Now, I am not a flow engineer or a plumber but in my mind it seems that providing the same temperature water to each component (parallel loops) is preferable to the last component getting warm water in a series connection.

Or is this idea seriously whacked out and improbable to balance/plumb?

Before I begin purchasing the final plumbing components (waterblocks, fittings, etc..) it would be preferable to have some idea of the viability of the project. Any help/suggestions are welcome.

Thanks in advance for your help..
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It may be easier to help you out if you fill in your system specs in your User CP. Welcome to OCN.
post #3 of 7
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My question was about series or parallel loops and the advantage/disadvantage of using parallel. Since this isnt even a working computer yet, and I wasnt aware the cpu, motherboard would have any effect on flow performance series vs parallel.. feel free to delete/close this thread.. I found my answer on another forum.

Thanks
post #4 of 7
parallel gets my votes, you can keep the heat away from each component.

loop for CPU.
loop for gfx.

my personal opinion
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parallel ftw. just cause u still have a g80 core like me. they get hawt and it won't be a good thing with a cpu. unless u have a big rad like a 480.
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That reservoir is made of anodized aluminium. You should consider using a different one.
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That reservoir is made of anodized aluminium. You should consider using a different one.
Agreed, if you are going to invest this much go full copper.
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