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I'm seriously considering trying out my hand at budget watercooling. I am satisfied with my CPU temps ( around 67C @ 1.385v, 4.8ghz ) with my Noctua NH-D14 but I am very dissatisfied with the noise and temps associated with my 6950. With that in mind, I was considering a Rasa RX360 kit and getting an EK block for the 6950. Plan is to put some GT2150's on the radiator, and I will have 4 GT2150's on the side of my HAF for intake.

Will the RX360 kit have enough cooling capability for my CPU temps to be as good, or hopefully better, than what they are now while having a mildly overclocked 6950 in the mix as well?
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Yes, easily. With my sig loop at 100% load and 1350 RPM Yate Loon fans I load at just under 60C CPU (hottest core) and 42C GPU.

I am running a 2500k at the same clock speed, but 1.43v, which is significantly more volts than your 1.385v.
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The 6950 only really gets as hot as it does because the cooler isn't as beefy as it could be, it's as big as it needs to be, like a lot of GPU heatsinks. AMD GPUs aren't going to dump much more heat into your loop than your CPU is, so a single 360 rad will be plenty, especially with the GT2150s pushing air through it.
If you make sure your CPU has the rad between it and the GPU (precise order doesn't matter vastly, just make sure the CPU has the water from the coolest part of the loop) your CPU temps will definitely drop.
Possible loop orders:
res > pump > rad > cpu > gpu > res
res > pump > cpu > gpu > rad > res
res > pump > gpu > rad > cpu > res

Pick an order that suits your case and your parts and looks good.
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If you make sure your CPU has the rad between it and the GPU (precise order doesn't matter vastly, just make sure the CPU has the water from the coolest part of the loop) your CPU temps will definitely drop.
Possible loop orders:
res > pump > rad > cpu > gpu > res
res > pump > cpu > gpu > rad > res
res > pump > gpu > rad > cpu > res

Pick an order that suits your case and your parts and looks good.
Nope. Loop order doesn't matter at all. The GPU, even when overclocked and running Furmark will only be increasing the water temperature by about 0.7C. It's better to simply use the loop order that provides the shortest length of tubing and best looks.
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My plan was res>pump>rad>cpu>gpu>res

I'll probably put a t-junction with a stop valve for draining at a low point on one of the lines. Was also planning on some Primo tubing to replace the stock stuff. Swiftech barbs okay for the GPU? Any benefit using compression fittings instead? Everything I've seen points to barbs being just dandy.
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My plan was res>pump>rad>cpu>gpu>res

I'll probably put a t-junction with a stop valve for draining at a low point on one of the lines. Was also planning on some Primo tubing to replace the stock stuff. Swiftech barbs okay for the GPU? Any benefit using compression fittings instead? Everything I've seen points to barbs being just dandy.
Compressions are mainly for looks, but they are convenient. A barb with some kind of clamp will work just as good though and be much cheaper.
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My plan was res>pump>rad>cpu>gpu>res

I'll probably put a t-junction with a stop valve for draining at a low point on one of the lines. Was also planning on some Primo tubing to replace the stock stuff. Swiftech barbs okay for the GPU? Any benefit using compression fittings instead? Everything I've seen points to barbs being just dandy.
Both barbed and compression fittings have an equal chance of leaking if installed correctly and there is no performance difference between them. Compressions look nicer and some people find them easier to use, however they are more expensive.
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