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I currently have a Black Ice Pro X-Flow 120mm radiator (mounted internally, push/pull configuration) with an Apogee GT and Danger Den DD-CPX1 (same as D'Tek DB-1). I'm currently only cooling my E8400, and temps aren't too bad, probably about the same as a TRUE. I'm now wanting to add my two 8800GT's to my loop. The stock HSF won't allow hardly any overclocking, and I know with some good cooling and heavy overclocking (1.1V mod) these cards will last me a good while longer. I know I could get by with some cheap Duorbs or something, but where's the fun in that? My budget isn't huge. I'm not looking to get a D5, GTZ, and 480GTX here.

Ok my first question is with the rad. I was thinking either getting a cheap MCR220-QP and running it with my 120 in series. You think this is a good idea, or should I probably go with a single MCR320-QP, or even the 320 + 120?

Next, the pump(s). I was thinking about getting another DD-CPX1 and running two of them in series. Would this outflow a D4? The DD-CPX1 is like $45 at either Petras or Microcenter, or I could get a D4 for $35 at Petras. If the two pumps will outflow the one for like an extra $10, then cool. If not, then I'll just get the cheaper D4 and have a single pump.

Last question, I was looking at getting the Swiftech MCW60-R or R2. I can get the MCW60-R at my local Microcenter for $40 each, or I can get the R2 for like $7 more at Petras. Would the R2 be worth the extra money? What's the difference between the two?

And lastly, what heatsinks would everyone recommend for the memory/PWM/mosfets? I see those I&H heatsink kits at Petras, but I think they're out of stock. I could probably pick up some Zalman ram sinks at the local Microcenter. Will these do?

Thanks for any help, and sorry for the long post!
     
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BUMP. No suggestions?
     
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I currently have a Black Ice Pro X-Flow 120mm radiator (mounted internally, push/pull configuration) with an Apogee GT and Danger Den DD-CPX1 (same as D'Tek DB-1). I'm currently only cooling my E8400, and temps aren't too bad, probably about the same as a TRUE. I'm now wanting to add my two 8800GT's to my loop. The stock HSF won't allow hardly any overclocking, and I know with some good cooling and heavy overclocking (1.1V mod) these cards will last me a good while longer. I know I could get by with some cheap Duorbs or something, but where's the fun in that? My budget isn't huge. I'm not looking to get a D5, GTZ, and 480GTX here.

Ok my first question is with the rad. I was thinking either getting a cheap MCR220-QP and running it with my 120 in series. You think this is a good idea, or should I probably go with a single MCR320-QP, or even the 320 + 120?

Next, the pump(s). I was thinking about getting another DD-CPX1 and running two of them in series. Would this outflow a D4? The DD-CPX1 is like $45 at either Petras or Microcenter, or I could get a D4 for $35 at Petras. If the two pumps will outflow the one for like an extra $10, then cool. If not, then I'll just get the cheaper D4 and have a single pump.

Last question, I was looking at getting the Swiftech MCW60-R or R2. I can get the MCW60-R at my local Microcenter for $40 each, or I can get the R2 for like $7 more at Petras. Would the R2 be worth the extra money? What's the difference between the two?

And lastly, what heatsinks would everyone recommend for the memory/PWM/mosfets? I see those I&H heatsink kits at Petras, but I think they're out of stock. I could probably pick up some Zalman ram sinks at the local Microcenter. Will these do?

Thanks for any help, and sorry for the long post!
Get the 320 rad from Swiftech since you'll be cooling CPU and two GPUs in the loop.

I say just grab a D4. It should be enough to run that loop. Having two pumps seems like a hassle. You would have to find space for two pumps then do the tubing etc.

The R2, from the sounds of it, is a revision or upgrade to the original GPU block. Search for info on the blocks as I'm not too sure about GPU blocks. I hear the D-tek GFX 2 is also good.

Most RAMsinks will do the job. The Zalman RAMsinks should do fine.
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