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So I am in the process of throwing a new rig together. I am pretty sure I am going to go with the 800D case. I was also thinking of the Gigabyte P67 with a 2600k. I am probably going to get this block as well, for the UD7 Northbridge.

I do not like my tubing long from say, a Drive Bay Res to the CPU. I think it is meh looking, and I could have sworn I read that shorter tubing gives better performance. This being said, I would be mounting the rad(s)? to the top interior of the 800D. With this being said, I was wondering, if there is any at all, a difference in performance from throwing 3 120rads up top instead of a single 320 rad. The reason I would prefer to have the three rads is:

In the 800D I would put my pump in the bottom near the PSU. I would route up into a res (for example), which would be to the right of the motherboard. From that res, I would go up to the rad. I would then link all the 120 rads together from front to back, and the last to the CPU. As I said earlier, I do not like long cables stretching across the case, so this would give me the shortest span from rad to CPU. Then CPU > NB > GPU > Pump. With a single 320 rad, I would only have the holes on one side so I would have to go res to rad then stretch a long tube from the res to the CPU. I don;t know if anyone can picture this, but if they can, would I be sacrificing a lot of performance? I.E. water flow, temps etc. Please don't say "d00d get teh 320 r u nub?". I would like to know WHY I should get whichever rad setup is best.

http://www.legitreviews.com/images/r...d_complete.jpg

I would be doing that in a sense, but instead of res > NB, res > CPU. I do not like the way that long tube looks xD.

Anyway, thanks for any help and I can't wait to build this bad boy.
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Originally Posted by Kthxbai View Post
I think it is meh looking, and I could have sworn I read that shorter tubing gives better performance.
Shorter tubing decreases overall resistance, true, but three separate radiators would more than negate the benefit.

Also, I've seen people route tubing behind the motherboard tray. It's a vastly better idea than your rather absurd one.

There is also a small selection of single-pass radiators available like this Black Ice one.
Edited by t-ramp - 3/31/11 at 2:40pm
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