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are single 120 mm rads effective at cooling just a cpu in a standard wc loop?
Would it be barely better than air? or still significantly better?

how much better would a 240mm rad be in terms of a 120mm rad?
    
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I would just get a rasa rx360 since youll most likely add more to it later. Getting a 120rad is not a smart first time wc buy. However a water loop on a 120 will cool your cpu fine.
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Look at the H50. That's great cooling for your cpu, and that's a 120 rad. If you build your own watercooling with a 120 rad it'll no doubt be better than the H50/H70, and therefore better than aircooling.

Throw some gentle typhoon ap-15/ap-14 fans on a thick 120mm rad, get a decent block, and you're good to go.
EDIT as ckybam3 states, you should get a XSPC rasa kit instead, since you're most likely to expand the loop some time.
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post #4 of 6
In my experience 120mm rads are definitely better than air cooling although they obviously aren't as amazing as a 480mm or anything like that. I would go with a 120 if you're looking for identical temps as air but want it incredibly quieter. You can of course get better temps but if you're going to end up shrouding the rad and push/pull 38mm fans then you should just start looking at 240mm+ loops.
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Effective depends on the fans used. A typical 120mm space at max can dissipate around 300 watts. As I sad, get the right fans and you will be fine. If doing custom get a dual as getting a single will set you for failure down the line.
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ACCURATE! I am with this..
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Look at the H50. That's great cooling for your cpu, and that's a 120 rad. If you build your own watercooling with a 120 rad it'll no doubt be better than the H50/H70, and therefore better than aircooling.
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