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So after my case mod I think Im wanting to do something with my h50. My thoughts are this:
Buy a new 120 rad and replace the stock.
Buy a 240 and in the future when i get a real loop, integrate the 240 along with a 360.

My question- if someone may know, would it be more profitable to buy a 3 pass 120, a 240 or not buy one?

Just not sure how the pump would hold up with a 240 or even a XSPC RX120. If I bought a 240, what would be best for the h50 pump? Or the best rad that I could use in this setup and then transfer to a real loop later on? Would temps be much different, or would the flow rate limit the temps?

Just wanting to bounce ideas off you guys and get your input.
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Personally, I would not mess around with replacing a rad on a h50. If money is an issue, save up until you can afford to completely replace the h50 with this (better temps than a H50), this (even better temps), or this (best temps and bang for your buck).
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I'm not worried about fooling with the h50. I've already modded it with a Res and replaced the tubing- lapped the h50 block.
I don't want to get a kit. But rather build a good loop
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I believe the H50 should be left as it is.. if you looking for something better, then just save up for a custom loop
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The pump will hold up fine with a 240. Get a single pass 240 and watch your temps drop 5 to 10C .
    
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Could you link a single pass 240??

Well the reason I want to do this is because Im currently in the middle of modding a new Lian Li PC-A70f and spent about $300. So a full loop will have to be later on in the year or next year
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You're going to want something with pretty low resistance for an h50 mod. Not necessarily because you risk burning up the pump (I wouldn't worry about that), but moreso because the h50 pump already pushes so little water. You don't want to bring the flow rate down even further with a high resistance radiator.

My recommendation, because it's fairly low resistance and it's cheap, is the XSPC RS240.


Anybody familiar enough with 240 radiators to recommend a better one? If you can find one with low resistance that's optimized for higher speed fans (let's say GT-AP15s), you will maximize the cooling of your h50.
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post #8 of 15
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I'm not worried about fooling with the h50. I've already modded it with a Res and replaced the tubing- lapped the h50 block.
I don't want to get a kit. But rather build a good loop
those kits from xspc are not like h50. those are just combined products for custom loops. buy rx360 so you will be set with rad for mutli graphics even. and get rid of that h50... its loosing in performance with some air coolers lol
post #9 of 15
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The RS240 is a 2 pass rad, is it not? Are 1 pass 240s have opposite end barbs? I do remember that the h50 pump may burn out if a restrictive radiator is used.. That is also why I brought up 120 3 pass rad, the XSPC one.

The h50 can compete against air coolers, a year ago when I bought mine I was torn before the TRUE and h50. I decided the h50 cause its different and it was cheaper. But now im in between of getting a full loop and where Im at. So I figured spending $40 on a better rad will hold me over for another year till I get a full loop. Because of my rig, i have a 5970 and 5870, so I was planning for a full loop to have a 360 and a 240.

Thanks Cmeeks for the help so far Again if someone can recommend another radiator optimal for the situation, please do
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I've yet to see a single confirmed report of anybody burning up an h50 pump due to too much restriction. If you're planning on going custom water cooling in the future, just get whatever you would want for that and don't run the stock h50 radiator in the loop.
    
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