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Hey everyone I have here are 2 setups that I will be choosing from to setup my WC rig in the nearer future. I would like to know the pro's and con's for each setup and which one would be the best recommended. As for parts go I have researched and will be deciding that on my own from what I've read. Thank you in advance for your input

*Everything will be put into a Cooler Master HAF X*
- Both will have push/pull for the 360 rad


RES/PUMP > GPU > CPU > RAD > RES/PUMP
*Reason for drawing up this because I have read around OCN that heat dissipates upward (hence the flow of the water)* Does it really make a difference in temperatures???


RES/PUMP > RAD > CPU > GPU > RES/PUMP
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Originally Posted by xXitsmechrisXx View Post
*Reason for drawing up this because I have read around OCN that heat dissipates upward (hence the flow of the water)* Does it really make a difference in temperatures???
In the water, no. With air it might make a bit of a difference, but with the water any thermal movement will be tiny compared to the pumping power, especially as the temperature varies by only a small amount through the loop which brings me to...

Either loop order will be fine. As the water goes through the loop reasonably quickly (1GPM is plenty) it does not heat up much as it passes through the various components. As such the water will be less than 1C warmer, if that, after going through your GPU, so you will not see a huge difference with your CPU temperatures either way.

Edit: Pick the loop order that gives the neatest tubing arrangement, which will depend on the orientation of the inlet / outlet ports on your pump / res combo.
Edited by GingerJohn - 3/21/11 at 5:14pm
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post #3 of 7
this will work too:
pump/res.>cpu>vga>360 rad>pump/res.
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I had 2 set ups for mine as well. I ran my first loop pump/res > cpu > rad > pump/res before I purchased my GPU cooler and Now for a cleaner look I actually go pump/res > cpu > rad > gpu > res/pump and after the first hr my temps were almost identical from cpu only. Personally I like my 2nd set up because there is less tubing and therefore less clutter. So there is a 3rd option for you as well. Otherwise pump up and let gravity pull it back down.
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I would use the second flow setup. pump/res>rad>CPU>GPU>pump/res
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Sweet I didn't even think of that third option res/pump > cpu > rad > gpu >res/pump! That way the gpu will have cool water entering, downside of that is that the hot water will be entering the res/pump then cpu...wouldn't it be advisable for the cpu to receive the cooled water first than the gpu, just wondering???
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Originally Posted by xXitsmechrisXx View Post
Sweet I didn't even think of that third option res/pump > cpu > rad > gpu >res/pump! That way the gpu will have cool water entering, downside of that is that the hot water will be entering the res/pump then cpu...wouldn't it be advisable for the cpu to receive the cooled water first than the gpu, just wondering???
Simple answer: no it doesn't matter.

You have to think of the heat in terms of excess. The leftover heat is going to be carried over from component to component regardless of what order it is in. Unless you're removing absolutely every last bit of heat out of that system which is pretty much impossible on water, the extra heat will get carried over. Sooner or later, the components will produce heat as fast as the radiators can dissipate heat and the excess heat that your system produces while under load will be moved from one component to the next. rad--->gpu--->cpu= rad--->cpu--->gpu. As someone advised above, just do whatever makes your loop look nice and neat.
    
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