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I have been in a constant search to find a case that can fit a 360 radiator natively out of the box, but the only one im interested in right now is the 800D and its out of stock at all the places I like to buy from. So after seeing Erockers build with adding his 7970 back to water cooling, and running a 360 radiator outside off the back of his case, decided to get over my "No exterior mounted radiators" obsession, and to get a 360 and hang it off the back of my 500r like Erocker till this summer when new cases should be out by then.

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Alphacool XT45 (or UT60 still haven't decided) 360 radiator
EK Supremacy Nickel/Acetal CPU block
Primochill Advanced LRT 7/16 ID 5/8OD Blue tubing (10ft Retail pack)
Swiftech "RadBox" (either from MT Alex or FrozenCPU)
Bitspower straight and 45 degree angle fittings.
One more Corsair SP120 fan
Bitfenix Alchemy individual sleeved cables (Black/blue alternate)

Anything else I missed?

Loop setup will be....

pump/res > 240 radiator (already have it might as well keep using it) > CPU > GPU > 360 radiator outside > pump/res

Let me know if you have some other ideas. I will be ordering parts in about a week or so. Ill make a build log to track it as well.
 

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I would separate the CPU and GPU with a trip to the rads.

Something like CPU > 240 >GPU > 360
 
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What about the Phantom 820? a 360 should fit.

Edit: also you can fit your existing 240 in the bottom.
 

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What about the Phantom 820? a 360 should fit.

Edit: also you can fit your existing 240 in the bottom.
NZXT cases use cheap plastic all over the front and top. I like the full metal use of the Corsair cases.

I would separate the CPU and GPU with a trip to the rads.

Something like CPU > 240 >GPU > 360
I've been reading that running radiators inbetween blocks is a worthless practice. It will benefit for the first 5 minutes, but after that its useless.
 

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Not by what I had in my old rig. Every setup is different though.
 
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Oh and to add, since ill have a water block now on the CPU which will allow for big memory heatsinks, I picked up some Corsair dominator platinums 8GB 2133 (same as my g.skill) but ive wanted this memory ever since it released but couldn't because of my megahalems. got the kit for $60 out of the pocket. 10% off newegg promo, and $50 gift card given to me for helping out my aunts husband on his work system upgrade.

Should look good :)
 
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Like sneeky said, separating the two will be best, but if you cant separate them or don't want to for w/e reason, the setup you mentioned should be fine. The GPUs will put off the most heat anyways, so having them last will be best. Imo, you should have a rad > cpu > rad > gpu > res/pump. Rad before the CPU or GPU (whichever you decide to go to first) will take off some of the heat from the pump as well. Wouldn't hurt. In the end, the temperature difference across your loop should be minuscule.
 

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Like sneeky said, separating the two will be best, but if you cant separate them or don't want to for w/e reason, the setup you mentioned should be fine. The GPUs will put off the most heat anyways, so having them last will be best. Imo, you should have a rad > cpu > rad > gpu > res/pump. Rad before the CPU or GPU (whichever you decide to go to first) will take off some of the heat from the pump as well. Wouldn't hurt. In the end, the temperature difference across your loop should be minuscule.
I don't see where you guys are getting the fact that putting radiators between blocks are going to help. I know well enough that doing so these days is a worthless practice, it helps in the first 5 minutes, and then its worthless after that. Not to mention envisioning running the rads between the loop is going to look like ass with tubes all over the damn place. Going directly from the CPU and GPU will look cleaner, and the routes will be shorter, which is what really matters. Only thing im worried out is the longer tube from the 360 back inside the case and up to the reservoir/pump, but it shouldn't be all that bad.
 

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If you're going to use a 360 radiator, just stick to using that. The extra radiator won't make much of a difference.
 

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If you're going to use a 360 radiator, just stick to using that. The extra radiator won't make much of a difference.
I was talking to Alex, and we both agreed that since I have the 240 rad, might as well use it anyways.
 

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So.. pump->top radiator->CPU->GPU->back radiator->reservoir. You could go CPU->back radiator (through the top tubing hole)->GPU->reservoir. That may look cleaner as long as you put both fitting for the GPU on the bottom side.
 

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So.. pump->top radiator->CPU->GPU->back radiator->reservoir. You could go CPU->back radiator (through the top tubing hole)->GPU->reservoir. That may look cleaner as long as you put both fitting for the GPU on the bottom side.
Yes. I will have to look a it a bit closer when I have the parts in front of me and im in the process putting it all together. Should be good regardless of how I have it setup.
 

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What pump are you using?
 

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Hopefully the head pressure is going to be sufficient.
 

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Hopefully the head pressure is going to be sufficient.
yep, Alex and I talked about that too. If its not ill end up getting a MCP35x with maelstrom res I think.
 
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You could go CPU->back radiator (through the top tubing hole)->GPU->reservoir. That may look cleaner as long as you put both fitting for the GPU on the bottom side.
That was my recommendation, as well. I think it would be a lot cleaner, and makes reseating the CPU block a bunch easier.
 

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And is a ton more noise too. I would prefer a 655 in my loops for their silence, but it seems you two have it all sorted out.
 
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And is a ton more noise too. I would prefer a 655 in my loops for their silence, but it seems you two have it all sorted out.
Yup, the 35x is a bunch louder than a D5 at full bore, although I think mine may be louder than most. It also squirts harder, too. The noise level went down considerably when paired with the maelstrom res, which was a bonus I wasn't expecting. It is extremely quiet until you start working your rig, then it really ramps up. It has a much higher frequency pitch than the 655s, which makes it more a more annoying sound. Since he thinks his 350 is loud I warned that the 35x might not be for him. I'm never going back to a pump without PWM, and when the pump is ramped up I'm usually deep into a game so I'm not too bothered. I may try one of Swiftech's custom PWM 655s in the future, but I have grown really fond of the brute power this little pump.
 
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However you end up doing your loop be sure to post photos for all to see :) Good luck with it.
 

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Here is Loop plan 1 with my original plan. Working on the other.



Colors:

Orange: Warm water
Blue: Cool
Red: Hot

Loop:

pump/res > 240 > CPU > GPU > 360 > pump/res
 

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Just thought of an idea. Who else thinks it would be sweet to match the Dominator platinums, to get the Full Nickel EK block.



 

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How is the water changing temperature going through the res/pump?
I thought I read a while back from either you or Alex, that pumps can make water heat up a bit??

Heres a new loop draw up I just did with you and Alex's idea but in reverse



pump/res > GPU > 360 > CPU > 240 > pump/res
 
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Case CoolerMaster Cosmos RC-1000 in mod progress
Audio Device(s) onboard
Power Supply Coba Nitrox 750W
Software Windows 7 Ultimate
Benchmark Scores http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dmv=1056967
#25
is this gonna be a single or dual gpu system ?

EDIT: i would add the 240 infront of HDD cage and place the 360 @ top....
and move the HDD cage back a bit (deep of rad)