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I'm new to all this and researching a WC build. I've read zillions of threads, sticky and otherwise, and have many more to go, but so far I haven't seen a clear cut answer to my question.

Will a single 360 Rad handle a CPU and dual SLI 580's? I intend to do some OCing as time goes on, so I want a system with enough headroom to fool around.

I know there is a lot unspecified here, such as budget, how the system is to be used, the case, CPU, MB, not to mention specific WC components, etc etc, but at this point I'm just trying to sketch out the basic parameters of the config. I'm leaning towards a Corsair 800D case, 2600K processor, and I'm partial to NVidia. None of this is cast in stone, with the possible exception of the case.

I have lots of dumb questions, but for now can someone help with the basics of this WC loop?

Thanks
post #2 of 11
Short answer:

Yes, some radiators can handle it, but barely, and with no overclocking. 580s are HOT (full cover blocks assumed)
If you want to keep temps low and/or overclock, you will need more than a 360 rad, maybe add a 240 in-line between the CPU and GPU loop.

Hope that helps.
post #3 of 11
You are going to need an RX 360 at least. I am also very partial to nvidia but Im also partial to great deals, thats why I decided to buy 2 amd 6950's and just unlock them to 6970's and OC the crap out of them for a fraction of the price of a 570.
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the 360 will be able to cool the setup with some very good fans blowing the heat off the rad but it will not be as effective as a 360 linked to a 120 in a loop. I would feel more comfortable with a 480 of some kind or a 360 to 120 in a loop. here's an 800D modded to show you what it's capable of......

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You could prolly do it with a thick 360, like and RX,GTX or Feser, but you would need some serious fans to keep air flowing to kill the heat. Like Gumby said, if your case allows it you could throw a 120mm on the back of your case and have the CPU outlet go in there before coming to the GPUs to get rid of a bit more heat.
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post #6 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dr.GumbyM.D. View Post
Short answer:

Yes, some radiators can handle it, but barely, and with no overclocking. 580s are HOT (full cover blocks assumed)
If you want to keep temps low and/or overclock, you will need more than a 360 rad, maybe add a 240 in-line between the CPU and GPU loop.

Hope that helps.
This. 580s can get pretty hot, especially since you're going to oc the cpu and gpu. A 120 or 240 + 360 will yield better results.
post #7 of 11
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Thanks,

As I have been reading, the 800D case won't handle a 240 (+ 360) without some case mods, and I feel incompetent (and unwilling) to do that. I also don't like stuff hanging off the back or elsewhere.

It looks like I can place a 140Rad where the case's back fan is located.

Would that (360 + 140) "work"?
post #8 of 11
You may also consider dual loops. Throw the CPU/NB on a 240 and the 580s on a 240/360

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Originally Posted by jemmer View Post
Would that (360 + 140) "work"?
Definitely, that would be a sweet setup
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post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by jemmer View Post
Would that (360 + 140) "work"?
Yes, adding a 140 will definitely help with your temps. Use a push/pull fan configuration for your 360 and if there's enough room, do the same for the 140. You should yield decent temps and relatively low noise levels. Remember....your fans are an important part of watercooling....don't cheap out on them!
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post #10 of 11
An RX360 with a set of AP-14's will just barely be sufficient. (add another 120 if you can)

My 360+240 barely keep up with the heat being thrown at them and had to downclock(especially since it's getting warmer out here) and I'm about to add an additional 240/360out back for overclocking headroom.
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