32 months ago
I'm slowly planning a custom water cooling loop for my build. My build is long completed. I'll be replacing an h100i v2 for no good reason -- just want to have the experience and look of a custom loop. That being said, I'm approaching this very slowly and am not rushing to buy parts.
Anyway, I was on EKWB's configuration yesterday, and they recommended a radiator. Their system recommends a PE 360 Rad -- triple size 120mm This would fit in the top or front of my case, depending on where the pump/reservoir went.
My case could support a CE 560 - quad sized 140mm (Top Only, could do a triple 140mm on front, I think)
On this loop, I will start with my CPU - i7 6700k (overclocked). I will add one GPU -- GTX 1070 (overclocked) in about 6 months (first flush is my thinking). This is all in a Corsair 750D case.
Should I leverage the largest radiator possible or just stick with the recommendation. My thinking for the latter is that it'll more widely fit for future builds and for the former is I could run the fans at a slower speed.
Or perhaps some other configuration should be considered. Maybe two radiators given my plan of CPU + GPU on the loop. Insight from those experienced with custom water loops is appreciated.
Note that I've never done this before and other than keeping things reasonable, I don't technically have a budget for this.
Quick thought on the radiator size. I already have the h100i v2 which is using two NF-F12 fans. If I stick with that size, I save money on fans too although I do have one of Noctuas 140mm fans and will be buying more.... Ultimately, I might save a bit by staying in this size factor.