Originally Posted by MrDeodorant
But your overkill assessment won't even work. Maybe if he were running the tubes in parallel from a huge multi-splitter, but that would be... overkill?
The idea was for multiple systems on the same loop with spaced out small rads on a multi pump system. Each rad can only dissipate a certain amount of heat. Let's say each rad has two 40 CFM low speed fans and it will allow the rad to dissipate 200 watts of heat.
Now lets say 2-3 systems are on that loop with 2-3 rads and 3 pumps. The amount of heat transferred in the rads could be distributed somewhat evenly if it were setup like Sys1 - pump > rad > pump > rad > sys2 > pump > rad >> Sys1
Each pump also adds roughly 15-20 watts of heat on its own.
But like I said, that was my overkill assessment but it would work.
And the reason watercooling would be better than air cooling is because where does aircooling direct the flow of heat? Are you going to turn your media center around backward so your silent 4870 fan at 50%+ can blow towards the center of the room?
Anyone with a 4870 knows that they get quieter as you turn up the fan speed too, try to sleep with that blower on high
Watercool it, mount the rad pointing to a central area of the room, and toss some relatively quiet fans on it. That's seriously about it - run furmark to heat up the area quickly and watch a movie to relax and bask in the ATI love.