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I'd like to modify my loop to include my CPU (h50 just aint cutting it!)

Currently I only have my GPU's on WCing, id rather not purchase another rad... the one I bought however isn't really that great, it does my GPU's great but Im not sure if it would handle my CPU very well. Its a http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...cture=Swiftech Im regretting buying it now.

So anyways I was thinking about buying a http://www.dangerden.com/store/black...0-stealth.html Due to clearance issues with my MB its thin, and cheap. But of course, will it cool the loop down enough to not heat up my GPU's too much

Heres my plan



Please offer any suggestions to improving my loop. Oh, and another thing I dont like loud. Thats the primary reason I dont have the stock cooling on my gpu's and the reason I use an h50, so please dont say "it'll work out great, just add a jet engine to your rad it'll cool it fine!"

I dont need record temps, just better than my h50.

Thanks!
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I would say buy a really decent 3x120mm rad and do your GPU's and CPU. Get an XSPC 360 and run all three off that and sell that rad you have on here. Make some of your money back, improve your loop and give another fellow OCN'er a deal.
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You're using an MCR320 to cool 2x 5870s? How's that working out?

You'd need a decent upgrade to your 360 rad to handle both, and given you want to mount internally and will run into clearance issues internally like you mentioned, it's probably not viable to run both your CPU and GPUs from one 360 (especially since you want to keep it low profile).

I ran into the same scenario -- I wanted to keep everything in my case for my loop; because of that, I passed on the gpu cooling (I had the dang 5850/5870 block in my hand at Microcenter, I was shocked they had one) but I could only fit a 240 rad internally and there was no way a single 240 was going to do this.

What you're wanting to do is probably the most viable option at this point, but take some exact measurements and see exactly how much clearance you have. In order to even have a SHOT at making things work with one 360, you'd need to go with something like a Feser Xchanger 360, which is like 60mm thick by itself (which is probably about the size of your 320 + fans). You could probably ballpark it by attaching another fan below to see if it makes it -- I had to go as far as to install my rad, install my ram, then install the fans, because it came so close to the locks for my ram (and that's with a MCR220)..
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On lower-speed fans the MCR320 is one of the better rads despite the deceivingly low price compared to others. I cooled a 780i, GTX285 and Q9550 just fine with mine, and bought another for use on a GTX470/i7930. Buying a different rad wouldn't change your temps by anything worth the trouble. I'd install a whole new (240) rad.

Edit: I was wondering why your image looked a lot like my mental plans lol. Corsair 800D rocks!
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On lower-speed fans the MCR320 is one of the better rads despite the deceivingly low price compared to others. I cooled a 780i, GTX285 and Q9550 just fine with mine, and bought another for use on a GTX470/i7930. Buying a different rad wouldn't change your temps by anything worth the trouble. I'd install a whole new (240) rad.

Edit: I was wondering why your image looked a lot like my mental plans lol. Corsair 800D rocks!
I'm actually pretty happy with mine (even though it's only the MCR220). Hate to thread jack here, but I have a question for ya Adrien -- I'm using 2x 1850 GTs at the moment. I'm assuming because of higher cfm & rpms that they would do better than the 1450 GTs I have -- is this wrong? I'm only cooling my 920 at the moment.. but being a low-density rad, I could be wrong..
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I'm actually pretty happy with mine (even though it's only the MCR220). Hate to thread jack here, but I have a question for ya Adrien -- I'm using 2x 1850 GTs at the moment. I'm assuming because of higher cfm & rpms that they would do better than the 1450 GTs I have -- is this wrong? I'm only cooling my 920 at the moment.. but being a low-density rad, I could be wrong..
Good choice, I will be receiving 3 of those within the next 4 hours

Yes, they will perform better. More CFM and pressure is always good, while a low-density rad gets a bonus with slower amounts and high-density gets a bonus with higher amounts. But regardless of what the rad is good with, more cfm and pressure is always better.
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my build is nothing like what you had planned but this might help...

i use a 480mm xspc radiator, im not a fan of xspc but it was cheap and it works fine and looks good. most radiators are the same in quality its just the size that matters most.
if i had the money i would have gone for the new ek radiators, very well made products.

as for fans i used 4 high power yateloon fans with a fan controller. just to warn you i get now temperature change with the fans on full speed and minimum speed. it might just be my radiator was made for slow air flow.

pump on full speed helps abit too, squeezes out air bubbles.

hope those tips help!
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You're using an MCR320 to cool 2x 5870s? How's that working out?

You'd need a decent upgrade to your 360 rad to handle both, and given you want to mount internally and will run into clearance issues internally like you mentioned, it's probably not viable to run both your CPU and GPUs from one 360 (especially since you want to keep it low profile).

I ran into the same scenario -- I wanted to keep everything in my case for my loop; because of that, I passed on the gpu cooling (I had the dang 5850/5870 block in my hand at Microcenter, I was shocked they had one) but I could only fit a 240 rad internally and there was no way a single 240 was going to do this.

What you're wanting to do is probably the most viable option at this point, but take some exact measurements and see exactly how much clearance you have. In order to even have a SHOT at making things work with one 360, you'd need to go with something like a Feser Xchanger 360, which is like 60mm thick by itself (which is probably about the size of your 320 + fans). You could probably ballpark it by attaching another fan below to see if it makes it -- I had to go as far as to install my rad, install my ram, then install the fans, because it came so close to the locks for my ram (and that's with a MCR220)..

Its working out way better than i expected tbh, 43 degrees with the furmark burn test.

I could buy a really massive 360 rad for up top, its just if i wanted to put in a 120mm rad where the rear intake/exhaust fan i would have clearance issues due to my mobo heatsink.

So a really high quality 360 rad would cool my cpu to 4 - 4.2ghz as well as my gpus? is that futureproof (2 years or so) though? I dont really want to upgrade my cooling equipment every time I upgrade gpu's
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