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Old January 7, 2012, 07:07 AM
Feanor Feanor is offline
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Default Lian-Li A71F watercooling question

Hi everyone. I got tired of looking at my stacker 830 with a 120.3 hanging on the side (the way my girlfriend looks at my rig isn't helping either) and finally bought myself a bigger case, the Lian-Li A71F. Was 150$ at, and i just couldn't resist.

Now my question is, does anyone have this case watercooled? I spent a few hours searching for a build log on the net, and i just can't find pictures and clear explanation, just people projecting to install this and that. So i'm turning to the place i bought half my watercooling set-up, hardwarecanucks!

This is what i'm using right now, and everything is working beautifully:

Cpu loop (i7 970, currently running at 4300@1,424 vcore)

-Thermochill 120.3 thick rad
-6 coolermaster fans in push-pull (1500 rpm, can't remember the cfm)
-Apogee gtx cpu block
-MCP 350 pump

Idle temps are 25ish, intel burn test in the low-mid 60s (except for one core who's in the 70-71. Is this 7-8 degree difference normal by the way?)

GPU loop (cooling 3 gtx 460 768mb, running all at 910@1,087v)

-Swiftech MCP320 slim rad
-Three swiftech mcw60 in series
-MCP-355 pump
-Three noctua fans pushing air (1500-1600 rpm, also can't remember the cfm)

Idle temps are really close to room temp, 17-20 degrees C, while folding the first gpu is at 48, the two other are running at 50 degrees.

I run the two loops from a XSPC dual bay dual reservoir.

Now i'll have to fit all this in my new case, and i've got two other radiator i could use:

-Slim 120mm swiftech rad
-Black ice gtx240 thick rad
-plenty of fans to run them in any possible configuration

First question: Am i gonna see a (huge) difference from running my cpu with the thick 240mm instead of the 120.3? I bought this cpu to fold, and my overclock is limited by the cooling, so any drop in cooling performance will lower my ppd. Not good!

Second question: would i see a huge gpu temperatures increase if i were to run all in a single loop? I know with temps in the high 40s-low 50s i've got headroom, but i don't want to see them fold over 60c, as other area of the card could get quite hot, considering my blocks are now full cover ones.

I would like to have some proposition on what kind of loop order should get me the best temps (keep dual loops, put that rad before that block, etc.) and how i should fit them in the case. I almost sure i'm gonna have to buy a dremel before i start (i got experience in the watercooling department, but close to nothing in the modding one), and it seems that any modder without a dremel is no longer a modder!

And to finish, the least pieces i'm using, the bigger my for sale thread (and ultimately, my wallet) is gonna be!

On a side note, is 70A (TX850) enough for everything? It is currently running strong, but i don't want to blow anything (and if i have time to wait for a good 1000w to be on sale, that would be great!)
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