Originally Posted by jamesaevans
Hi Mr Armageddon,
Wow, really impressed by your build, both the kit and attention to detail.
I'm planning my first PC build in the next couple of months, probably based on the Sandy Bridge 2600K, EVGA GeForce GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2, Corsair AX series PSU, Dell 30" monitor and if I can stretch the budget the Lian Li PC-V2120 case.
As I'm building my first watercooled PC (well first PC ever), I like the idea of the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2 card with the water block pre-installed and 10 year warranty. I have not seen any reviews on the major sites yet, but all of the posts from owners like yourself have been very positive, so I feel the premium over buying a separte card and waterblock is worth it for me.
In terms of your build I have a couple of questions I hope you can help me with:
1) Would a single GTX 580 be capable of running the 30" monitor at the native 2560 x 1600 resolution?
2) Would a single 360 raditor (I'm looking at the XSPC RX360) be capable of cooling a single GTX 580 and Sandy Bridge CPU?
3) What is the best place to fit the quick disconnects in the loop?
4) From what I've read I though that 90 degree fittings might impact the flow rate when compred to 45 degree or straight though fittings, however they do make the tubing a lot neater. How are you finding the 90 degree fittings on the GTX 580?
Sorry for asking so many questions, just very impressed with your build which is also close to the build that I am currently planning.
1) A single GTX 580 is very capable of running the 30" monitor at the native 2560 x 1600 resolution. You may not be able to max out the settings of some games at that res, but it will still look great.
2) A single 360 radiator should be capable of cooling a single GTX 580 and Sandy Bridge CPU. If you are not going to add a second gpu or chipset blocks, a single 360 will work fine.
3) There really isn't a "best place" for the disconnects. I put them where they are because I though it looked better. There may be other location that are more functional, but again, I wanted a combination of looks and functionality.
4) I haven't seen any reduction in flow using 90 degree fittings. There may be some, but I haven't been able to tell. Temps are great in my setup.