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Old March 25, 2012, 02:06 AM
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Default best design for my loop


im very newbie in water cooling and i will order some part, but before i want to be sure of my Loop design

first my rig
NZXT switch 810
Asus Rampage IV Extreme
Intel i7-3930K (little overclock, 4.2 to 4.5)
32 GB G.Skill 2133
2 x XFX HD7970 OC Black edition ( i will not overclock GPU)

what i have for water cooling
1 x 360 x 35mm thick rad in push and pull on top of the case
1 x 240 x 63mm thick rad in push and pull at the bottom of the case
2 x swiftech mpc355 pump
XSPC dual bay 5.25 reservoir for 2 laing dcc pump
1/2ID - 3/4OD tubing and fitting

i have 3 choice of loop
firt, 2 loops,

i think look messy, top radiator for GPU and bottom for CPU, to much cross tubing and expensive

second, 2 loop but swap rad,

now look better, but still expensive, and a 240x 63mm thick rad is enough for a dual GPU????

and third, 1 loop for everything

look very good, save more than $200, but im not sure about performance
res/pump -> bottom 240 rad -> GPU1/GPU2 -> top 360 rad - CPU -> res/pump
the order is correct?
1 mcp355 is enough for my single loop setup????

like i said, i will not make big overclock, only on cpu (GPU already OC)

thanks for your help
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Old March 25, 2012, 10:44 AM
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I would say 3 with serialized pumps. All rads pushing out.
I also think triple + single rads will do.
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Old March 25, 2012, 10:50 AM
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One pump will do just fine, 2 maybe for redundancy. This loop can be easily handled by a single pump, but I would recommend 2 pumps just to ensure no huge failure due to no water flowing in your loop. I agree with daz, 1 360mm, and a 120mm should cool you loop nicely, and again I would blow all the rads outwards to keep case ambient's down.(mounted my rad externally to keep normal case airflow in my case)
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Old March 25, 2012, 12:01 PM
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Ok thanks

But i have a xspc dual 5.25 res for dual dcc pump

Can serial with this res?
Out of first res to in of the second res?
and use intake of the first res and out of the second for my loop??
or i need to buy a Koolance res

Thanks for your help very appreciate

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Old March 25, 2012, 07:56 PM
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A triple plus a single rad, with MCP35x did fine for my dual GTX 480's and 2600k when I did my first loop.
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Old March 25, 2012, 08:13 PM
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One loop would be best options. I really will only do a second loop if I cool a chipset, and just because it makes it easier to clean.
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Old March 25, 2012, 10:06 PM
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Here's my concept, it might work for you:

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Old March 26, 2012, 12:59 AM
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So if all rads are pushing out... wouldnt that create a negative airflow?

As well, i can only think of two areas for intake:

- The back exhaust flipped to intake
- Removing the top HD cage and insert a fan there

Personally, id have the bottom rad as an intake, the back exhaust flipped to intake if the HDD cage is still required and the top rad as an exhaust.
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personally, i would go with a single loop as well with two pumps for redundancy :)

i'd also make all fans intake except for the fans on the 360 rad so that you'll have positive airflow (prevent too much dust from entering your case).
yes, the bottom fans would be pulling in warm air, but the front intake fan is pulling in cool air so it kind of balances out, at least enough so that it won't affect the 360 rad's temps too much.
i'm just throwing my opinion out there...hope nobody comes and burns me D:
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