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Choosing Radiator/s

I'm currently looking into creating my first custom loop which be used to cool both my CPU (i5-8600K - 5GHz) and GPU (1080ti - XOC BIOS).

I'm not sure whether to run two EK-CoolStream PE 240 (40MM Thick) radiators or one EK-CoolStream XE 360 (60MM Thick).

x2 EK-CoolStream PE 240 (40MM Thick): €140
x1 EK-CoolStream XE 360 (60MM Thick) €117

I have Noctua NF-F12s which will be used on the radiator/s.

Which would be the ideal option in this situation?

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well at minimum I would use a 360mm radiator. in truth you will need a second radiator as well. the smallest would be a additional 240mm radiator needed for this build, to run well, and cool. I would also suggest actually getting two 360mm radiators as that will be a little more than what is needed. also I would suggest getting some hardware labs GTX or GTR radiators for this build. I would also suggest getting a heat killer CPU water block, and the same for the GPU water block, if they make one for your video card. as for reservoirs I like monsoon, bitspower, and water cool. for all rotary fittings, I would suggest getting bitspower, or barrow only. for the compression fittings, I would suggest the use of koolance, or swiftech. for tubing I like norprene 3/8" ID 5/8" OD, as for the water pump, or pumps, I would suggest getting a XSPC, swiftech, water cool, or aqua computers D5.

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Quote: Originally Posted by toolmaker03 View Post
well at minimum I would use a 360mm radiator. in truth you will need a second radiator as well. the smallest would be a additional 240mm radiator needed for this build, to run well, and cool. I would also suggest actually getting two 360mm radiators as that will be a little more than what is needed. also I would suggest getting some hardware labs GTX or GTR radiators for this build. I would also suggest getting a heat killer CPU water block, and the same for the GPU water block, if they make one for your video card. as for reservoirs I like monsoon, bitspower, and water cool. for all rotary fittings, I would suggest getting bitspower, or barrow only. for the compression fittings, I would suggest the use of koolance, or swiftech. for tubing I like norprene 3/8" ID 5/8" OD, as for the water pump, or pumps, I would suggest getting a XSPC, swiftech, water cool, or aqua computers D5.

I looked into getting a second radiator and was considering going for the HWLabs Black Ice Nemesis 360GTS to mount on the top of my case, anything thicker than this would have clearance issues with my RAM, and an EK-CoolStream XE 360 mounted at the front.

Do you think Noctua NF-F12s would be sufficient for those radiators or would you suggest different fans?

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I would also recommend the HWLabs Nemesis GTS series, if you need a thin radiator. The NF F-12s are good fans.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Aontaigh View Post
I looked into getting a second radiator and was considering going for the HWLabs Black Ice Nemesis 360GTS to mount on the top of my case, anything thicker than this would have clearance issues with my RAM, and an EK-CoolStream XE 360 mounted at the front.

Do you think Noctua NF-F12s would be sufficient for those radiators or would you suggest different fans?

well I have noctua 120mm fans, but they are IPPC 3000RPM fans, I also have some kaze ultra 3000RPM fans. with a fan controller, I can turn them down at idol, and turn them up when at load. I also use fan filters, so it is a must for me, to have stronger fans. I like the noctua fans because they last forever.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Aontaigh View Post
I looked into getting a second radiator and was considering going for the HWLabs Black Ice Nemesis 360GTS to mount on the top of my case, anything thicker than this would have clearance issues with my RAM, and an EK-CoolStream XE 360 mounted at the front.

Do you think Noctua NF-F12s would be sufficient for those radiators or would you suggest different fans?
If you are dead set on using a 60mm thick rad, the HWL SR2 is a much better all around rad than the EK XE. It has better low rpm performance, scales well and has very user friendly multi-port - https://www.xtremerigs.net/2015/02/1...-round-2015/5/

Your NF-F12s would be a fine choice with the GTS or SR2.

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Hi,
Be aware ek rads have a couple collars on them that other rads do not have that could break or leak
Most rads all one has to worry about are the actual hose fittings leaking not two additional places,

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A single 360 60mm radiator will work for this setup, as I currently have one running same I5 cpu but with a 1070 and cooling is not an issue.


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A single 360 60mm radiator will work for this setup, as I currently have one running same I5 cpu but with a 1070 and cooling is not an issue.


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Yes....but adding the second rad would certainly bring down the noise level at like performance. And depending on the rad, the noise levels on a 60mm at like performance can be drastically different. Is it an SR2 that performs really well at 900 rpm, or are we talking about an EK XE or Nemesis GTX that don't match the SR2 until you get over 1400 rpm?

I'm baffled by the "I go by thickness and don't take the other factors into consideration" designs. In a build designed for low noise, something like a 30mm Nemesis GTS will outperform every 60mm thick rad out there.....except the SR2. THere is so much more to rads than just thickness.

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Yes....but adding the second rad would certainly bring down the noise level at like performance. And depending on the rad, the noise levels on a 60mm at like performance can be drastically different. Is it an SR2 that performs really well at 900 rpm, or are we talking about an EK XE or Nemesis GTX that don't match the SR2 until you get over 1400 rpm?



I'm baffled by the "I go by thickness and don't take the other factors into consideration" designs. In a build designed for low noise, something like a 30mm Nemesis GTS will outperform every 60mm thick rad out there.....except the SR2. THere is so much more to rads than just thickness.


Tell you the truth, I don’t use any Hsrdware Labs radiators...overpriced IMO. Plus noise isn’t much of an issue, as I use GT 2150 fans on a 45mm 360 MagicCool and it’s there isn’t any noise to complain about running everything on temp speed control, as most it sits at 1100-1300 RPM on the fans. The 1080 GPU will kick off more heat than the I5 CPU also.


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