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2 RADS vs 1 RAD

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Hey experts, was wondering about how to configure my next setup and thought I'd sample the creative geniuses here before rushing off and doing something dumb. Anyways, I currently have a SR1 240 RAD cooling the hardware in my sig. I'm looking to jump to the i7 line of CPUs and upgrade my graphics card to a dual-GPU setup of some kind. Either way, I don't think the RAD I have now is going to be able to cool the new hardware given the low RPM fans I have to keep it silent.

Anyways, I was wondering if I should go about getting another RAD for a 2 RAD system or just get a bigger RAD that would hopefully cool everything without the necessity of additional tubing with the 2 RADS. Also, if I go the 2 RAD route I could only get another 120 for the case whereas if I went the single RAD route I could get a 480. I'm still wanting to run silent so the Black Ice SR1 series is probably what I'll stay with unless there's a better option out there. Thanks!
post #2 of 6
I'd go in this way:

Res>RAD1>CPU>RAD2>GPU SLI>pump>Res

I recommend two 360 radiator.
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Unfortunately, the case has only enough room for a 240 + 120 or a full 480. I could always put a rad on the outside but the case is already so massive.
post #4 of 6
The 480 is better option.
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post #5 of 6
Do you plan to overclock a lot (CPU and GPUs)? If so I think a 480 SR-1 will be on the small side.


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post #6 of 6
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No overclocking. Stock speeds and such. Did some OC'ing on my current system and while cool just not for my tastes at the moment. I'm looking more for silence at this point.
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