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Alright guys, I want to cool my CPU and GPU, and if possible, I'd like to add another GPU in there.

Anyway, if you're too lazy to look at my sig rig, here's what I got (the one in bold is the most important thing for me to water cool):
  • Phenom II x4 965
  • GTX 480 Super Overclock (not compatible with ANY full-covered blocks on the market)
  • (*OPTIONAL*)GTX 260

If it's possible, I'd like to keep these things within a 240 radiator. If I can't do that with a GTX 260, then I'll ditch it; if I need a 360 for at least 2 of these things, and I can add the other card with no problem, then I'll throw it in there.

Since my 480 is a non-reference card, it's not compatible with any full-covered blocks (I already checked, btw). So I'm going to need a GPU-only block with heatsinks for the memory and whatnot. I don't mind doing this for the 260 either if it means I can fit it into the loop with no problem.

Lastly, if I need a 360 radiator, I'd like to split it into a 240 + 120 setup. I don't know if that will work, however, since I'm new to all of this. As far as a budget goes, I guess $300 would be it. I'd much rather it be lower, but I'm willing to spend up to that much. If it gets to a point where this would be too costly for me (or I just don't like the price tag) I want to at least water cool my 480.

So with all that being said, any ideas for what I should get?

EDIT:
I'm almost done here, I just have to get the threading (or fittings, or whatever they're called) stuff figured out and I'll be good to go.
Edited by TheRockMonsi - 3/27/11 at 5:12pm
 
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I could, at least, use some help. I guess the first thing I should be looking at is how big a radiator I'll need. Will a 240 suffice for the CPU and GPU? I'm sure if I added my 260 in I'd certainly need a 360, but I have a feeling a 240 will suffice for my 965 and 480; correct me if I'm wrong.

After that, what radiator brand should I go with? Is there a dominant one out there (performance wise, or for the money) that I should be aware of?
 
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A single 240 radiator for that GPU and CPU would work, although it would be at the absolute maximum admissible temperature. If you upgraded to a 360 and kept the loop to your 480 and CPU you could drop load temperatures by 4-5C.

If you really can't fit a slim 360 radiator into your case (I think you easily could with some modding) then I would get this:

XSPC RS240 Kit - $130
XSPC RS120 Radiator - $40
MCW80 GPU Block - $60
GentleTyphoon AP-15s x3 - $45
Primoflex LRT 7/16" ID Tubing 10 feet - $20

Total: $295 + Ship + Tax

If you instead get the XSPC RS360 Kit it will only cost $275.
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post #4 of 42
240 will work for cpu + gpu. if u want to sli then go 360. radiator brand is personal preference... the black ice series is popular...
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Alright, so a 240 will indeed work for a CPU + GPU setup - awesome!!! All I want to know now is what kind of temperatures I can expect for this kind of setup; will I be seeing GPU temps at a max of 50 degrees, 60, 70?

Also, if I did a 240 for my CPU + the 480 and a 120 for the 260, do you guys think that would work?
 
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Alright, so a 240 will indeed work for a CPU + GPU setup - awesome!!! All I want to know now is what kind of temperatures I can expect for this kind of setup; will I be seeing GPU temps at a max of 50 degrees, 60, 70?

Also, if I did a 240 for my CPU + the 480 and a 120 for the 260, do you guys think that would work?
yah sure, if a 360 don't fit then use a 240 + 120, it is no problem. a 240 + 120 has the same cooling power as a 360, it will just cost a bit more that's all.
post #7 of 42
With a 240 radiator and a 480/965 in the loop I would expect load temperatures around 50C GPU and 45C CPU.

A 240 +120 for a 480, 260 and a 965 would be okay, I would expect similar load temperatures, if not slightly higher.
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Looked online to see where I could get all the stuff that charlie spec'ed out for me, and here it is:First thing is first - the second radiator. I looked to see how much extra a 240 would cost compared to a 120, and it's not by a lot, so I think I'll do a dual 240 setup with 1 CPU + 2 GPU's. How does that sound? Will I reap enough benefit from a dual 240 setup to consider it? I don't even know where I'll place everything, but I'll find out soon enough. Oh yeah, if there's a better 240 radiator that you think I should consider (even if it's a few more bucks) feel free to let me know - the more performance, the better.

Secondly, for the Gentle Typhoon fans, I don't know which ones to get from here - and also, I already have 2 of these Ultra KAZE's. How would they fair as WC fans? Will they even fit on my radiators due to their big size?

Lastly, I don't know what color tubes I want as of yet, but I do know that the lighting in my case will be blue and green, so maybe you guys might have some suggestions for me.
 
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Alright guys, since I'm guessing 2 240's is a good idea for my WC needs, I need to figure out where I'm going to throw these radiators. I have a pic of my PC uploaded here for all to take a look at. In the red is where I'm guessing I should put my radiators at. I need help with planning the tubes, however. Are both radiators supposed to be connected together with a tube? And I don't know how to plan loops in general, so maybe you guys can help me out here.

Also, I don't know where I should put my pump and other stuff, so maybe you guys can show me that as well.
 
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post #10 of 42
I have that same case

good luck mounting anything inside rad wise

the only thing I could fit was my pump and res

my rad is mounted externally with a rad box
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