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I'm trying to figure out what I'll need to get to put together my first full system water cooling setup. I've heard multiple different things on if separate loops are worth it or not, or if I should just worry about more radiator space instead.

I could potentially fit 1 3x120 radiator and 1 2x120. I might be able to fit a 2nd 3x instead of the 2x with some modding, but I'll have to get the first one to get better measurements. Would this be enough for a single loop, or is a dual loop still a better idea? I'll be looking to cool a Phenom II 1090T (later a Bulldozer x8) and a pair of radeons (not sure what model yet, but that shouldn't make a ton of difference to my questions)

I'm also looking to try and make this setup as quiet as possible, so any recommendations for quiet yet powerful pumps and fans are always welcome. Fans I know some good ones, but I have no experience at all with pumps.
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That will be plenty of rad for your setup, heck you could even run it all on the 360. As for pumps, I'd recommend the MCP35x. Gentle Typhoons are always a solid choice for fans.
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Im also interested about an answer to his question, would it help to cool my temps if i add more radiators to the loop? i have one now, lets say i add 2 more would it lower my temps? or what can i do to lower them better?
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It depends on your pump.

If you have an adequate pump that can cope with the added restriction due to a new radiator then temps will certainly drop. You need a strong pump with a high flow rate for this.

Don't forget that your WC'ing loop is still being called by ambient temps, so the lower they are, the better.
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1 triple radiator would be enough? Wouldn't I want at least a loop like this if I went with a single loop?

Res->Pump->Radiator->CPU->Radiator->Graphics->Repeat

?

Edit: As far as pumps, I was looking at the MCP655 if I go dual loop, or the MCP355 if I go single loop.
Edited by spilltray - 4/15/11 at 12:28am
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Originally Posted by spilltray;13133586 
1 triple radiator would be enough? Wouldn't I want at least a loop like this if I went with a single loop?

Res->Pump->Radiator->CPU->Radiator->Graphics->Repeat

?

So your watercooling a 5830?

I'd stick with H50 and get a GTX560TI or something.

H50 is fine for amd X6.
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Originally Posted by SpeedNuggeT;13133603 
So your watercooling a 5830?

I'd stick with H50 and get a GTX560TI or something.

H50 is fine for amd X6.

No, I'm trying to figure out what I will need this summer. I'm going to buy a pair of graphics cards for a Crossfire setup when I do an upgrade to a 990X board. I'll probably wait till winter to slap a bulldozer chip in it, but I'll want to have the whole cooling set up tweaked by then. Then this CPU/MB/Graphics/Ram setup is going to be paired with the drives from my older Athlon X2 5200 rig my girlfriend uses.
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