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I'd flip the top rad around if you can in that case so the in/out ports are closer to the res. The make res go to 360 rad, which feeds direct to the CPU and then from the CPU to the 120 RAD and back to res.



Would provide a cleaner tubing setup and cooler temps on the CPU I think since the 360 rad would be cooling it direct instead of the 120 rad cooling the res which heats up a bit before hitting the CPU.

I've never water-cooler myself before but this seems to make more sense to me.
Edited by Freelancer852 - 3/20/11 at 11:35pm
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AMD Radeon 6990 came today. Rest of parts come tomorrow and wednesday...

    
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post #24 of 31
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I'd flip the top rad around if you can in that case so the in/out ports are closer to the res. The make res go to 360 rad, which feeds direct to the CPU and then from the CPU to the 120 RAD and back to res.



Would provide a cleaner tubing setup and cooler temps on the CPU I think since the 360 rad would be cooling it direct instead of the 120 rad cooling the res which heats up a bit before hitting the CPU.

I've never water-cooler myself before but this seems to make more sense to me.
Ok, thanks for the advice. I think you may be right about getting slightly better temps and maybe more importantly a more direct, cleaner setup.
    
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About to start the install process, have everything but my watercooling order which will arrive on Friday. Should I even bother installing the stock intel heatsink that comes with the 2600K or will it be fine with the case's airflow?
    
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post #26 of 31
Are you asking if you can run the system without any cooling on the CPU temporarily? If so the answer is absolutely no unless you want to risk busting your new CPU immediately. If you want to boot up before your water-cooling components arrive I would definitely install the Intel HSF (HeatSink Fan).

Suggestion for the future:
If you water-cool the 6990 later on, keep 1-6 the same as in the picture I posted but make 7-8 from the 120 rad to the GPU and then 9-10 from the GPU to the res/pump.

Again, that will give you more effective cooling on the GPU than going from CPU directly to GPU. Might look a bit messy but I'd take performance over messy any day.
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post #27 of 31
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Ok, here are some intermediate build photos. Able to reach 5.2GHz with temps staying below 62C.




    
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post #28 of 31
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more... water block for the 6990 arrives tomorrow, will post more pics after installation.

    
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5.2GHz! Very nice!

Flipping rad around so fittings are on the inside of drive bays didn't work?
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post #30 of 31
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i didnt like the route from the rad to the res, it seemed restrictive. now if i had a 90 degree fitting... my video card block comes today, with a pair of 45 degree fittings, maybe one of those would work. I do want to eliminate that looooooong run of tubing from the res to the 360 though. btw, any tips on how to drain this bastard without ruining my stuff?
    
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