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I was wondering if a MCP655 and Black Ice SR1 480 was going to be enough pump and rad to cool an stock i7 950 and a HD 5870? I may also try to cool the NB if I do indeed have enough to do the rest. Thanks!
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Addendum: I've got 8 Noctua fans in a push/pull configuration on the rad.
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Pump is way more then enough - to do it all, I have a XSPC750 with everything water cooled it the flow rate is perfect. so that 655 will fly

that rad will be also enough

SR1 rads are great for low RPM fans btw

What blocks should be more important
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That sounds like an awesome setup. You will get great temperatures and have room to upgrade to 5870 CF.

Why not overclock if you are going to watercool? You could hit 4 GHz very easily with that chip.
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Why not overclock if you are going to watercool? You could hit 4 GHz very easily with that chip.
I just wanted to make sure I had enough pump and rad before I go about overclocking. I was OC'ing a Q6600 with the same pump and a single 240 SR1 and didn't have much trouble but I had heard that these i7s run a little hot. I have every intention of OC'ing, just wanted to get a confirmation before I pull the trigger on the 480 purchase.

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SR1 rads are great for low RPM fans btw
Yes sir. I mainly watercool for the noise reduction and, as said, use some low RPM noctuas to help with that.

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What blocks should be more important
I've modded my old cpu block, a HK 3.0, to work on the 1366 platform but am still in the research phase for a block for the 5870. Seems the early favorite is an EK but I'm open to all opinions. Thanks!
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I just wanted to make sure I had enough pump and rad before I go about overclocking. I was OC'ing a Q6600 with the same pump and a single 240 SR1 and didn't have much trouble but I had heard that these i7s run a little hot. I have every intention of OC'ing, just wanted to get a confirmation before I pull the trigger on the 480 purchase.



Yes sir. I mainly watercool for the noise reduction and, as said, use some low RPM noctuas to help with that.



I've modded my old cpu block, a HK 3.0, to work on the 1366 platform but am still in the research phase for a block for the 5870. Seems the early favorite is an EK but I'm open to all opinions. Thanks!
I am a HUGE fan of Danger Den blocks.... EK sure whatever but if I wouldn't have got my Bitspower blocks for dirt cheap I'd got Danger Den blocks for sure.
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I am a HUGE fan of Danger Den blocks.... EK sure whatever but if I wouldn't have got my Bitspower blocks for dirt cheap I'd got Danger Den blocks for sure.
I'm a big fan of DD as well and use a Tower 26 to house all this stuff. I previously had a DD block on my old gpu and it did fine. Thanks for the help! +rep
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I'm a big fan of DD as well and use a Tower 26 to house all this stuff. I previously had a DD block on my old gpu and it did fine. Thanks for the help! +rep
I know the owner of DD and they have a shop just down the road from me... guess that is why I like them so much. That and all the blocks I have used from them are top of the line.

I would love to own a case from them, I just could afford to do so, maybe someday I will save for one and buy one
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