It depends on your hardware configuration, the amount of space you have and your budget. I’d buy as many huge radiators as you can fit and afford. But if you do that, you’re gonna need a good pump. And at a certain point, all the cooling gear can draw enough power that you’d have to upgrade your power supply. But that’s usually only for insane loops like mine.
My preference is to put a radiator after each component in my loop. I have 2 loops, 2 pumps, 2 res. and 4 radiators.
However, I have a ThermalTake Core W200 case. It’s huge, and with all my gear inside I can barely lift it by myself. Well over 100 lbs. and the investment in my loops is more than most people’s whole systems.
So be prepared for that and spending hours or days when doing a build or making modifications. It took me 3 weeks of all my free time after work to put that system together the first time.
If you can handle that and the thought that a leak could potentially kill your hardware. Then you should join the ranks of the Elite lol
I have had hardware die from a leak, my graphics card got leaked on and it died, that was quite a few years ago. And I blame Asus for supplying garbage fittings was I too inexperienced to know to avoid. Although, I did have an Alphacool fitting that leaked recently. But I caught it before anything bad happened. Also, a couple years back my reservoir sprung a leak. But it just stained my carpet, nothing major. I use clear coolant now to avoid that.