I am getting ready to start my new build soon. I am wondering what would be the BEST loop(s) possible in my build. I will be using a Lian Li PC-S80 case in this build. I have been modding it for a while now. I am hoping to get this case on the front cover of PSU magazine. Anyways I need some input on my loop process. I will be using on the top of the case a BlackIce GTS360 and in the front of the case standing upright a BlackIce GTX240. And I can add a third radiator a GTX120 to the back of the case if I have too.
Will a BI GTX240 be enough to cool or will it produce allot of heat on the i7-920 1.35v on a Swiftech GTZ? Reason why I ask this will be my intake fans on the GTX240 with a push/pull 78CFM blowing into the rest of my case from the front. If it does produce allot of heat I was thinking of going to the last configuration at the bottom. I am thinking I need to push the heat loads out of my case as much as I can specially from the eK 4870-X2 block. What do you think?
Loop #1 BI 240GTX - Swiftech GTZ - 355/XSPC Acrylic Reservoir (Note heat from i7-920 will be push back into case)
Loop #2 BI 360GTS - eK4870 X2 - 355/XSPC Acrylic Reservoir (4870X2 heat will be push out of top of case)
Or ---> BI 240GTX - Swiftech GTZ - BI 120GTX - eK4870 X2 -355/XSPC Acrylic Top - BI 360GTS - 355/XSPC Acrylic Reservoir
(This last one will blow all of HEAT LOADS out of the case with this last configuration)
So, I'd have the 240 in front pulling in rather then on the floor pushing out. If you have one on the bottom pushing case air out you will have a little higher temp's, you want the cooler room ambient air going through your rad if at all possible.
The 240 GTX should be fine with those 78cfm fans for just a CPU, NP. If you can fit them and it wouldn't hurt your theme or whatever I'd use some decent cfm Pana, I never would go smaller then these on a rad..86cfm Pana .These are what I use..Pana 115
A shroud will always help to, old gutted 120x38mm case fans are the easiest to make and use. If its a question of room I think I would use those 78cfm with shrouds rather then the 120x38mm Pana without shrouds, maybe.....Even 120x25mm gutted fans as shrouds are a lot better then no shroud.
The GPU loop will produce a lot of heat, for it I'd do what you were thinking about with it on the top pulling out of the case. A C or two isn't going to matter with a GPU like it will with a CPU. A CPU is a lot less tolerent of heat for OC'ing.
Why the 360 GTS rad? Is it since its thin? The GTS is a fairly restrictive rad both for water flow and air flow, it has 30 fins per inch. So its going to need good fans on it and be prepared to sdust it out more often then a more normal FPI rad. Since you will be pulling the case air through it that will knock a lot of the dust problem off right there..
Its a good heat disapating rad other then that, the fin struture on it and the GTX is pretty unique, they make a lot more contact with the rad tubes the way they are soldered on, pretty trick really...GTS Review
But I would do two loops for sure, at least if your wanting it to perform as optimally as possible.
I don't remember if I ever gave you my cleaning and set-up PDF, so here it is......Its just basic set-up and cleaning, just how I do it, my coolant recipe is in it to.
Link us to your build log if you do one I'd like to see it...