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a c 150 K Overclocking
April 24, 2012 8:21:29 AM

Hopefully these threads don't start annoying you guys. (rubix, lutifj, moto, boiler, etc. etc.) I honestly can't decide on my parts, well at least the radiator in this scenario. Which one is better, the xspc ex 240 or the rx240? The ex obviously is cheaper, however offers more FPI (don't know if this is correct) While the RX is thicker and offers less FPI? Anyways, I have a $300 budget and I found a place local that sells watercooling parts for a decent price plus there isn't shipping! So far these are my parts, keep in mind I have no idea if these are good or not well at least the tubing and res...

XSPC Raystorm: http://www.svc.com/rayintel.html
XSPC Single 5.25' Bay Res: http://www.svc.com/br525cl.html
OR
Swiftech MCRES-MICRO Rev. 2: http://www.svc.com/mcres-micro-rev2.html
Swiftech MCP655: http://www.svc.com/mcp655-b.html
10FT PrimoChill PrimoFlex PRO LRT Tubing 1/2"ID 3/4"OD with 1/8" Wall: http://www.svc.com/pflexp-34-b.html
12 XSPC G1/4" Black Chrome Compression Fitting 3/8" ID 5/8" OD: http://www.svc.com/g1438b.html

12 XSPC G1/4" Chrome Compression Fitting 1/2" ID 3/4" OD: http://www.svc.com/g1412c.html

AND
EX240: http://www.svc.com/ex240.html
OR
RX240: http://www.svc.com/rx240.html
Really, what I am wondering about the rx vs the ex is about price. IS the rx worth $20 more than the ex? Because, I can use that extra 20 towards the pump so I can get the speed controlled version of the 655!

What should I use for keeping gunk from building up? I was thinking about these IandH KillCoils: http://www.svc.com/ih-killcoils.html How many would I have to get for this loop? Or I can try that feser stuff...but honestly i want to go distilled water! Or would it be better to use something like pt nuke? :/ 

If you do not remember, this is to cool ONE overclocked i7-2600k! In the even where I will either cool a gtx 480 or grab one of the newer gtx 660ti's (when they come out) I will be adding another 240mm radiator (same as the one I will choose now, rx or ex)

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a c 78 K Overclocking
April 24, 2012 12:01:14 PM

:??:  me annoyed? c'mon! who gave you that idea?

Quote:
IS the rx worth $20 more than the ex?
well they are each best suited in specific-general application scenarios. The higher FPI count will mean mroe cfm/stattic presure/noiseier fans. The low FPI count will mean the inverse of what was said for the EX. HOWEVER the EX has been designed from the ground up to be a compromise between the RS and RX rads so its sandwiched in between two types of rads - slow rpm+high rpm fans.

You can shoot over to martinsliquidlab.org & skinnee and check his test out about the rads - they are easily viewable for comparison and you'll also know how much heat they can spit out.

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I was thinking about these IandH KillCoils
yeah you're fine with that and you can have two in one loop. One is still good enough. STAY AWAY from the feser coolants and any coolant in that matter. Colored tubing and distill - is the smarter choice.

or you could try mayhem's though they will be brought in from UK so the shipping will be high in your case.

so the pump you chose is good for them future upgrades, but also shoot for some reviews of the pumps and the review's conclusion states which route to go.

hope these help!

Edit: Paperclip... hehehehe, forgive me but it also seems like a good troll line :p 

Edit 2: might want to recheck those compression fitting dia's they should be 1/2 ID, 3/4 OD or keep compression's the same only changing the tubing dia.
April 24, 2012 2:34:00 PM

I have a 120mm EX radiator for an AMD cooling loop and it works fine, it is probably a better choice to get a EX and use that money for a better pump, since you're only cooling a 2600k there is no need to get the "best" right now unless you wanted to have a decent single radiator for a graphics card and cpu. Up to you though.

As far as coolant goes, I wouldn't use it unless you have to have dyed fluid (same goes for dying distilled, it will stain your tubing and make it look awful if you have clear or white tubing, doesn't look as bad in colored tubing)
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a c 150 K Overclocking
April 24, 2012 2:39:19 PM

I could always do EX240 on top and RX240 on bottom or vice versa. Or 2 EX 240's or even 2 RX240's.
April 24, 2012 3:29:36 PM

amuffin said:
I could always do EX240 on top and RX240 on bottom or vice versa. Or 2 EX 240's or even 2 RX240's.



Well, another thing you can think about is putting a RX on top to cool the CPU's and then hav the flow come out of the CPU and into an EX that is mounted on the back using a standoff, and have it go to the graphics card(s).
a c 150 K Overclocking
April 24, 2012 3:49:04 PM

What about the EX or another RX on the bottom? I've got the cm690ii advanced, and I can mount it on the bottom.
April 24, 2012 3:53:47 PM

amuffin said:
What about the EX or another RX on the bottom? I've got the cm690ii advanced, and I can mount it on the bottom.



That would work fine, I didn't know what case you had.


a c 190 K Overclocking
April 24, 2012 10:46:27 PM

I'd take the Rx given the choice, slower quieter fans and the option to crank them up if needed, I went for two Ex360's in my radbox basically for cost reasons, the Ex's were half of the Rx price, but money no object, I'd have had two Rx's,
And /agree with Luttfij, we'd rather answer a ton of questions before you build, than try to fix a problem because you bought blind
:-)
Moto
a c 78 K Overclocking
April 24, 2012 11:20:30 PM

actually, you're in a better spot to advise, as you're like the XSPC rep here on Tom's :) 
a c 190 K Overclocking
April 25, 2012 12:02:40 AM

I would always vote the Rx unless space is an issue, in which case the Ex is far superior to the Rs series, why pay the same for a lesser performing rad?
Moto
a c 78 K Overclocking
April 25, 2012 12:06:54 AM

getting more isn't a bad thing anyway, unless it'll go to waste :p 
a c 190 K Overclocking
April 25, 2012 12:15:40 AM

Given my loop component list, I can't advocate restraint to anyone lol :-)
Moto
a c 78 K Overclocking
April 25, 2012 12:19:04 AM

as do I :)  [:lutfij:3]
a c 190 K Overclocking
April 25, 2012 12:34:38 AM

Yeah, I bet that H50 seems a long way away now huh? :-p
Moto
a c 150 K Overclocking
April 25, 2012 4:07:19 AM

If I were to get one of those glass tube res, how would I mount then on my case?
a c 190 K Overclocking
April 25, 2012 4:09:36 AM

You get mounting brackets, you screw those to the case and the tube clips into them
Moto
a c 150 K Overclocking
April 25, 2012 4:28:10 AM

Like, where on the case? I have the cm 690 ii advanced...also looks like the rx won't fit on the top so I'll go with the ex...
a c 78 K Overclocking
April 25, 2012 9:35:42 AM

Motopsychojdn said:
Yeah, I bet that H50 seems a long way away now huh? :-p
Moto
OH! I'm just waiting out on the shipment as you are mate! now, the H50's already starting to shed tears for its long service run :) 

amuffin said:
Like, where on the case? I have the cm 690 ii advanced...also looks like the rx won't fit on the top so I'll go with the ex...
Google's your friend in the inspiration dept.
a c 190 K Overclocking
April 25, 2012 9:37:27 AM

I tried to post an answer Muffin but seems to have gotten lost...
check the W/c gallery for mounting position ideas, a lot of folks go for by the Hdd cage but you do what feels right for your case/build
Moto
April 25, 2012 3:18:34 PM

amuffin said:
Like, where on the case? I have the cm 690 ii advanced...also looks like the rx won't fit on the top so I'll go with the ex...


My 600t's reservoir is mounted using two zip ties and two screws, one screw hole was already there and ready for a screw, the other I had to tap, both holes are where the second hard drive cage was supposed to be, from what I see on the CM690 2 there is a way for internal mounting, see this pic provided by google images http://www.techpowerup.com/gallery/3070/15.jpg

That reservoir looks to be a bitspower tube reservoir or a EK multioption 250, both would work well but I don't have the case to try and get a reservoir in. Honestly, I would try and go for a bay reservoir like an XSPC single bay one, they are pretty low cost and are good products for the price.
a c 150 K Overclocking
April 26, 2012 12:57:31 AM

There's one for 34. How does it compare to the swiftech one?
a c 78 K Overclocking
April 26, 2012 1:28:09 AM

that is a good deal, either way. The swiftech Apogee drive rads, are suited with upper mid~high rpm fans. the xspc can kick off from lower mid~high end rpm.
a c 150 K Overclocking
April 26, 2012 1:34:00 AM

Which one is better? The micro res of the xspc single bay res? Seems easier to fill...
a c 78 K Overclocking
April 26, 2012 1:42:53 AM

sorry i thought you were talking about rads...each have their trade off's. The micro res is an older version of a res, very widely used but more snazzy looking and functional than the micro res by swiftech. It actually depends on your taste of setup. if you're looking for minimal tub routing/connections - then the drivebay res' are ok. HOWEVER, the single bay res can be a very bad PITA during filling/priming/bleeding. I'll skip draining as that will just kill you when you're done. the dual bay would be a good place to go, more volume :) 

on a side note: since your getting the swiftech MCP655 - you should look out for the dual bay res by xspc that holds the alpahcool pump, same as the mcp pump.
May 3, 2012 5:30:09 AM

I would call ahead and ask if SVC has those items in stock. Half the time they say online they do, but don't actually.
a c 150 K Overclocking
May 3, 2012 7:32:10 PM

ok..
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