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This is just out of curiosity for a future build. My new case is going to come in within the next week or so and I can take the HDD cage out and fit a 240 rad in there if I wanted. I don't want to buy another case for this build and I don't want to do any extreme modding (unless it can be done for a fair price).

I am going to upgrade to i5 2500k maybe in a year or so. I was just wondering, is there a chance that a 240 rad could sufficiently cool the CPU + GPU? I doubt I am going to crossfire/sli. My GPU would be something along the lines of a 5870 or something.

This is NOT my rig. Just a picture I pulled from google to show how much room it has without the HDD cage.
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post #2 of 37
Yes, a 240mm rad will be enough for a small loop like that, if you were to consider an SLi/Xfire setup you could have a problem or two.

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It will cool yes, a 320 rad will cool even better.

If you are running a CPU+GPU on a 220 rad, consider push/pull or some pretty good fans, regardless.
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post #4 of 37
It all depend on the RAD and fans used.
Black Ice® GTX Gen Two Xtreme 240 + 4 x Ultra Kaze 3000 will beat any 360 RAD out there unless its a Black ICE 360.
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post #5 of 37
Neither of those components produce much heat, you are totally fine.
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post #6 of 37
You can do it, the temps won't be ideal, and you'll want to put on some high flow fans to maximize the rad's performance.
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ZK,

I was going to get the XSPC RX Series 360mm Triple Radiator are you saying that there is a better one?

I got good comments on the above one.

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ZK,

I was going to get the XSPC RX Series 360mm Triple Radiator are you saying that there is a better one?

I got good comments on the above one.

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RX360 is a good rad, the BI GTX's work best with high performance fans (see: Ultra Kaze). Most people can't stand that kind of noise level, so they go for lower FPI rads that still perform pretty much the same, they're just optimized for lower airflow and quieter fans.
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Originally Posted by compuman145;12435033 
ZK,

I was going to get the XSPC RX Series 360mm Triple Radiator are you saying that there is a better one?

I got good comments on the above one.

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The RX360 is THE best radiator for <1800 RPM Fans
The GTX360 Radiator is THE best radiator for >1800 RPM Fans

So it really depends on what fans you will be using.
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post #10 of 37
You will definitely be fine. I am using a 240 to cool my E8400 and GTX280.
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