For my new setup i'm getting a Black Ice SR-1 Radiator(I know it performs similar to the thermochill but my TC is kind of a PITA, putting screws into it can take hours, one time i just said F-it and actually super-glued fans to it. The 25mm spacing is annoying because it's harder to find gaskets for, and there are no single unit fan covers for it, so i have to use individual fan covers for it which just make it ugly)
I'm keeping the pump, and changing CPU block to the koolance CPU-370.
Tubing will change to 1/2" ID 3/4" OD
adding compression fittings.
Now i'm also buying 2 GTX 580s, and i'm entertaining the thought of throwing an EK waterblock on them and putting them in my loop.
Now I know single loop is the way to go, but i'm concerned as to whether my radiator would be sufficient enough to cool the CPU and 2 GPU's. I would have the spare thermochill radiator that i *could* throw into the loop, but I really have no idea where i would put the huge thing. I mean it's top mounted now, which only leaves the side or the back, and if it's on the sides I can't easily open/alter the case, and if it's on the back, even things like connecting my monitor and speakers get tough.
My second question is if I should add a second pump. Redundancy would be nice, but would i see a performance increase? I would probably be adding the MCP35x.
Now I know single loop is the way to go, but i'm concerned as to whether my radiator would be sufficient enough to cool the CPU and 2 GPU's
No, you'll need more rad, especially adding SLI 580's. At least double what you are already running, currently.
My second question is if I should add a second pump. Redundancy would be nice, but would i see a performance increase? I would probably be adding the MCP35x
Wouldn't necessarily need a second pump, unless you really wanted the redundancy or had issues with flow...which you shouldn't in that loop. You won't see any real performance increase, unless your current 655 is on it's last leg and slowly dying. Most people running dual pumps (in a serial loop) run the same pump so they are running about the same speed/flow. It won't really hurt anything if they are different and running marginally different speeds, but I wouldn't see any benefit to mix/matching pumps other than redundancy.
Yeah, you are going to be cramped on space with another rad. You could go the route of the huge Nova, but that's your call...there is no such thing as overkill in watercooling.
That being said, what are you going to do with the TC PA? It's a great rad...you don't want to simply add to it? Just not sure which direction you are going in...just let us know, we'll help you get it figured out.
I would be much more inclined to get a 1080 radiator than add the TC.
The radiator on the back of the PC is just such a pain, and the main reason I moved it to the top a long time ago. Add in the fact of the extra tubing needed to add a completely separate radiator and it's not worth it.
I'll either continue to use air cooled cards (which may be what i do. 2 GTX 580 waterblocks are pretty expensive and I think i'm going to the middle east soon.
As far as what I will do with the TC after all is said and done (cause i'm not using it either way now) I guess i'll most likely sell it. Don't know if anyone would want the 25mm spacing one though, and the weird non-1/4" threading
Looking through the larger radiators, theres a MO-RA 9x120mm PRO extreme. It's quite a bit more money than the Nova, but reviews are all in German. Appears to work better than the nova, but almost twice the price.
i just got one of my GTX 580's a couple minutes ago. Think i'll take a look at temps and noise and go from there.
You are going to want something with more static pressure than that 360...yeah, its big, but I wouldn't expect it to move air through a rad...it's designed to simply move air through the side of a case window...unobstructed.