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My first loop...planning stages.

post #1 of 5
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Hi all,


Ok so I'm putting together my second real build in the next few months so I am in the preliminary stages, planning, drooling, dreaming.

I was all set on air, but have been thinking more and more about just trying a loop on my cpu and possibly chipset for starters. GPU's will be on air in the meantime. I'd love some advice/imput and see what people think about the direction I'm taking.

The Parts:

I have the case--Lian Li PC-A77F (pic below) full tower and a corsair 850HX PSU. Everything else will be new; the parts are undecided but probably a gigabyte 890fx ud5 with a 1090T.



Anyway, here goes..

1)From what I've seen, one rad (either 360 or 420) should provide enough cooling for a 1090T and possibly the chipset, true?

2)Whats the general feeling on rad placement: on top exhausting or intaking in the front?

I want to keep things internal for now. My Lian Li can take a 280 rad on top OR I can put a 360 rad up front by removing all of the HDD cages. Alternatively I can mod the top and get a 420 rad up there. If my rad is above my mobo then I'm wont be able to use a really fat rad as space is limited up there, and I'd want to use push/pull with my fans.

My inclination is to rip out the HDD cages and mount a 360 rad in the front. That way it gets the cool air coming in.

3) With the rad up front, what do people typically do with their HDD's?

I'm likely going 1-2 SSD's for OS/games and a big HDD for storage and if I go this route, I'll only have 3 5.25 bays to play with. External DVD player may free up one bay for a res and the others for HDD's. My only concern is then warm air from the rad will be cooling the GPUs. Very tempted to mod the side to get a window/intake fan but we will see..

4) If the rad up top is preferred, why's that?

My thinking is that having warm air from the GPUs going through it is worse, but I'm curious to know what those of you with more experience think.

Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks in advance^^
post #2 of 5
1) A 360 is enough to cool a 1090T, MB and a GPU.

2) Both should work fine but you will want to be intaking either way.

3) I don't own the case so can't say for sure but it shouldn't be too hard to find somewhere for the drives.

4) You should still be intaking air if it's mounted up top.
post #3 of 5
I wouldn't intake if it was on top, I used it as exhaust (purely because I couldn't put it anywhere else) and it worked great.

Also, you should get a window anyways to show off that sick water cooling system.
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Thanks for the imput. I guess the main reason I was thinking about keeping the top as an exhaust is that it would be in keeping with the natural flow of the air/heat--up and out.

Anyway, I'm leaning toward a nice big 360 in the front. Just thinking about where HDD's, optical drive, res, etc might fit best.

Again, thanks for the thoughts and I'll definitely put up a build log when things get rolling.
post #5 of 5
Sounds like a good starting point. Read, read and read some more. Ask questions. Look at Martin Labs for radiator and block comparisons. Think about Restriction and if you want a more silent system etc.Have fun.
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