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Hello there.

I'm starting to think about the possibility of watercooling in the near future as I'm getting a little tired of the drawbacks of air cooling and I'm game for a new challenge.

I'm a complete novice when it comes to water cooling though. I've had a little read around and I just wanted to check that I'd understood properly.

Few questions:

Would a single loop with a 360 rad be good enough to cool my sig rig? Is it easy to quantify the improvement you'll see from adding additional rads?
Would I struggle to fit a decent WC setup inside the CM 690 case? (I'm not a big fan of the setups I've seen with HUGE rads mounted on the exterior of cases)

I'm wondering whether it would be worth waiting until my next big upgrade (a while off yet) and going about doing WC properly at the same time. Would probably buy a 700D/800D and a similarly spec'd AMD system (need to save a bit of money somewhere!)
Edited by jazznaz - 2/20/11 at 1:57pm
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post #2 of 8
360 Radiator will be fine for your system.

You won't be able to find a place for a 360 radiator inside your case. You will have to take it out of the case.
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I would go with a minimum of 4x 120 rad area space/ a 480 radiator to cool your setup and only use a single loop since the difference between dual loops and a single loop is rather small. Depending how much heat your system produces it will either be easy or hard to see when adding or removing another radiator. The higher the heat produced the greater temp differences you will see by adding another radiator.

A different case would be highly advantageous. Those cases are good for wc, but also take a look at Danger den, Mountain Mods, and Little devil cases as well.
 
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Thanks for the replies so far. I should've been more specific really... Planning on cooling both GPUs and a CPU block (can't see the benefit of full cover given how expensive it is).

Looking at something like the 800D, there's room to mount a 360 rad to exhaust through the top of the case and a 120 rad at the back of the case. Would this be considered a decent arrangement?
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post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by jazznaz View Post
Thanks for the replies so far. I should've been more specific really... Planning on cooling both GPUs and a CPU block (can't see the benefit of full cover given how expensive it is).

Looking at something like the 800D, there's room to mount a 360 rad to exhaust through the top of the case and a 120 rad at the back of the case. Would this be considered a decent arrangement?
That's exactly what I thought. Full covers are great, but gpu blocks such as the mcw 80 and vrm heatsinks are also great. As for the 800d a 240 rad can fit in the bottom part along with a 360 (or mod to fit a 480) and a 120 as exhaust.
 
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I have the 800D with a 360 in the top and a 240 in the bottom. Running full blocks on gpu's and cpu. It's a good case for watercooling. Try making yourself a list of parts so you don't get overwhelmed with the cost. If buying a new 800D case you can spend $700 pretty fast with case, blocks, rads, pump, compression fittings, rotary fittings, tubing, grilles, lights, fans, controlers etc., the list adds up quick but it's all worth it.
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Looking at something like the 800D, there's room to mount a 360 rad to exhaust through the top of the case and a 120 rad at the back of the case. Would this be considered a decent arrangement?
Totally good setup. 120 radiator will probably won't be needed but if you are insisting on it go for it. I wouldn't though.
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post #8 of 8
I wouldn't use the 800d case since it is possibly the most common case in all of watercooling. There are just so many build logs that are all using nearly the same setup. It's a good case, just played out. Maybe look at different ones for some originality.
 
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