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what water cooler and how should it be set up?

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February 5, 2014 6:47:23 AM

i currently have the following in my computer (the case is an NZXT phantom)
i5 2500k overclocked to 4.7 ghz cooled by a hyper 212 EVO using arctic silver 5 thermal paste
a sapphire 7970 (not ghz edition but i have overclocked it to the speeds of one) - i might be buying an r9 280X so heat from them could be an issue for a closed loop system i would imagine
and a cougar CMX 1000 watt power supply unit (as well as 8gb of corsair vengance ram @1600mhz cl9)

the fans are the standard fans that come with the case (two fans at the lower front-side (120mm) one fan at the back (120mm) and one fan at the top (200mm)

what would be a good cooler (the i5 has been clocked at 5.2 ghz (and it was stable after 2 days of prime95) on my friends test bench using a custom water cooling system) for this processor and case and how should all the fans and stuff be arranged?

i should point out that this is where my computer is (the copper pipes to the left are hot water pipes that go into the stove that is just off camera to the lefts boiler)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/85940868/IMG_0085.j...
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/85940868/IMG_0086.j...
(should also point out that these pictures are not recent)

and this is the state of the inside (again not recent the two cards are 295s but the 7970 is in the same place the top 295 is in so there is one less cable but its still an aweful mess and anyone here that would harm someone due to poor cable management should not look at these images - i am getting a friend to have a go at fixing it all for me when i get a water cooling system to install)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/85940868/IMG_0088.j...
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/85940868/IMG_0090.j...

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February 6, 2014 3:19:43 AM

so that would go at the top as an exhaust
should I flip the back fan around so its intake and not exhaust? (although thinking about it given its location any air it does intake would probably end up being the graphics cards exhaust air)
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February 6, 2014 5:56:23 AM

i know that the top fan will be replaced with the radiator but what fans should be exhaust and what fans should be intake? (also i could probably put the top fan on the side in the 200/230mm fan mount)
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February 6, 2014 6:29:08 AM

heero yuy said:
i know that the top fan will be replaced with the radiator but what fans should be exhaust and what fans should be intake? (also i could probably put the top fan on the side in the 200/230mm fan mount)


Here are the intake/exhaust for desktops:

Front fan, Side fan, Bottom fan (if any) ---> Intake

Rear fan, Top fan, (Radiator fans too) ---> Exhaust

If the radiator replaces the top fan leave the radiator fans as exhaust.
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February 6, 2014 12:40:23 PM

Ubrales said:
heero yuy said:
i know that the top fan will be replaced with the radiator but what fans should be exhaust and what fans should be intake? (also i could probably put the top fan on the side in the 200/230mm fan mount)


Here are the intake/exhaust for desktops:

Front fan, Side fan, Bottom fan (if any) ---> Intake

Rear fan, Top fan, (Radiator fans too) ---> Exhaust

If the radiator replaces the top fan leave the radiator fans as exhaust.


the top fan would be removed and put at the side

both side fans a intake?
http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2010/08/nzxt-...
that should clearly show where all 3 side fans are
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February 6, 2014 2:44:33 PM

heero yuy said:
Ubrales said:
heero yuy said:
i know that the top fan will be replaced with the radiator but what fans should be exhaust and what fans should be intake? (also i could probably put the top fan on the side in the 200/230mm fan mount)


Here are the intake/exhaust for desktops:

Front fan, Side fan, Bottom fan (if any) ---> Intake

Rear fan, Top fan, (Radiator fans too) ---> Exhaust

If the radiator replaces the top fan leave the radiator fans as exhaust.


the top fan would be removed and put at the side

both side fans a intake?
http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2010/08/nzxt-...
that should clearly show where all 3 side fans are


Yes! All side fans (3) must be air intake fans. The top (radiator) and rear fans are exhaust fans.
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February 6, 2014 3:42:23 PM

xspc rx240 is probably the best for just the cpu. if you want to block both gpu's your going to need a 360 rad. but for cool and quite just get the rx240 and 2 good fans.
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February 6, 2014 4:24:18 PM

nikoli707 said:
xspc rx240 is probably the best for just the cpu. if you want to block both gpu's your going to need a 360 rad. but for cool and quite just get the rx240 and 2 good fans.


that's a full watercooling kit correct? not really what I am looking for (I know it might be better than a closed loop system but I don't want to kill my computer by setting it up incorrectly)
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