The loop will be used to cool the cpu only (about 5.2 is the target freq) in my studio with pretty high ambient temps all year (from 22°C to 35°). It'll will also need to be expandable to include a gpu loop in the future (3080 or 4080 depending on prices and perfs). Therefore 2x360 medium-thick rads from the start.
It will reside in my new case, the beautiful bequiet Dark Base 700 white edition in a reverted layout. Thanks to having a mATX board, there is about 10cm clearance on top (no rad bracket will be used). The case will be modded, to make the top meshed, some painting, and various acryl panels to cover the less nice bits and perhaps a LCD screen.
Full build specs are in my signature.
Said that, this was my inspiration:
And this is the current state of my build, with visible clearances. Yes, I have yet to put close the psu cover and the side panels.
Cpu block: EKWB velocity rgb nickel (100€)
Pump: d5 (80€) (1,5gpm target) any will do as it will be hid in the base.
Reservoir: singularity 300mm tank clear/silver (120€)
Radiators: 2x360 EK PE and EK XE (200€ total)
Tubing: acrylic hard tubing 10/12
Fittings: nickel EKWB ACF 6 pack, plus some 90° and 45°.
Coolant: Primochill Vue dark cherry (25€) OR Koolance low conductive clear (20€)
Fans: All bequiet! Silentwings3 1600rpm max 140mm. The 60mm rad will probably be push-pull, with a custom shroud 420 to 360.
Accessories: LCD 3" screen, a few acrylic custom panels, fill valve and drain valve, one or two more RGB led strips.
I have to recheck all radiator reviews because I was initially set on going with a single 420, but after having the case in my hand I have decided for two 360, while keeping the awesome silentwings 140 fans. The rig is going to be damn quiet
basically as much as it is at 5.0 with the 360 AIO. The fans are at 800rpm and I can accept 1100 speed.
The case rheobus with or without PWM control from mainboard is more than enough for my needs and I will not get an Aquaero.
Comments and suggestions welcome.