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Hey guys, need some input. If I only plan to water cool my cpu will a single 120mm radiator be sufficient or should I go for a dual? Single would be nice because then I could keep everything within the case. What do you think?
    
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I agree with you on the single, but in regards to expandability and upgradeability, a dual would make more sense from that angle.

I had a single 120 for my XP-M, which clocked up to almost 2.8 with still incredibly low temps...I'm worried about your processor though, it may produce too much heat for a single (unless you put some high flow fans on it)
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post #3 of 12
Duals are always better but if it won’t fit there is nothing wrong with a single radiator. Especially if it’s just going to be the CPU you are cooling.
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I was planning on using the Delta 120mm fan, which I believe is 120+ cfm. Think that will be sufficient?

I have to say though it's nice to hear I may be able to get away with a single 120 radiator. That would solve a lot of issues. As for temps right now, at
4.5ghz I'm at 44C/56C. So if I can get it down to 30C/40C I'd be more than happy.
    
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if you're only cooling your cpu then you'll probably be alright with a single 120mm rad. or, you might want to look at a single heater core. the 84 chevette would be a good choice (I think that's the one)
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Well I went ahead and bought all the components for my setup, I'd love to hear some opinions as this is my first WC setup.

Pump: Hydor L35

CPU Block: Apogee

Reservoir: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...oducts_id=3615

Radiator: http://www.dangerdenstore.com/produc...&cat=72&page=1

And my favorite part.... the fan:
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/de12tfexhisp.html


I'm hoping the single 120 radiator with that Delta fan will be sufficient. So much for my water cooling setup being quiet though
    
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looks good. I'm going to be putting together a setup shortly. (most of the parts ordered)

where did you get your apogee block from? and how much was it shipped? I think I'd like to get one.

and what are you going to use for fluid?
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post #8 of 12
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I got the Apogee block from Heat Sink Factory, everyone else was out of stock. Shipped I think it was $55.

As for coolant, I may just go with an off the shelf rather than water. I really like Fluid XP+ Extreme or Primo Chill ICE, but I haven't decided on that yet.
    
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I ordered an apogee last night from jab-tech. by itself it would have been 45 shipped, but I also ordered an Evercool VC-RE to cool my chipset and 12' of Masterkleer tubing. So I had to pay $9. shipping. but still not a bad price.

I got some MCT40, but then realized that it's green and that a single bottle won't be enough so I guess I'll have a bottle of MCT40 sitting around.

I'm thinking about doing a distilled water/zerox/ blue uv die mix.
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post #10 of 12
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I may still go the water, red line, uv dye route too.

Make sure you use de-ionized water though, not distilled. Distilled is still conductive.
    
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