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Is a single 120mm rad enough for a cpu (2500k) only water loop

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January 28, 2013 12:16:03 PM

Hello, im hoping for some advice regarding my first watercooling loop. I am planning on just cooling my cpu and was wondering if a single 120mm rad in push pull would be enough for a 4.5ghz overclock. Im aware that a 240 rad will be far superior and that it will allow for more expansion options in the future, however my case is small and a 120mm rad is going to make things to difficult. Im not bothered about having the lowest temps possible, just better than my hyper 212+ would be acceptable. Would appreciate any feedback!

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January 28, 2013 1:00:14 PM

Sorry, I meant to say that a 240mm rad is going to make things difficult!
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January 28, 2013 2:32:57 PM

Depends...a thick 120 will do well if you aren't planning any serious overclocking, but really depends on what components you are looking at or if this is a closed loop cooler.
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January 28, 2013 2:57:35 PM

Its gonna be a custom loop, I was gonna go with an rx120 xspc possibly. I bought an xspc raystorm rx240 kit but am changing than. Im thinking of getting a aquabox proffesional single bay res but not sure what pump to get yet!

What im wondering is whether a single 120mm rad with a custom loop is equal or better than something like a corsair h60i.
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January 28, 2013 3:59:41 PM

A custom 120 loop will be better than an H60/H80 simply because you'll have a much better pump. However, the radiator size ultimately determines the performance, so the custom loop will only perform marginally better and you'll end up paying a lot more for the loop than the CLC option.
January 28, 2013 5:14:55 PM

Yeah I kinda guessed that, and I know it wont work as well as a 240. But Im thinking its a first go at watercooling and its as much for looks as any thing elase. The bitfenix survivor case i got just wont fit a 240
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January 28, 2013 8:36:05 PM

I'd be surprised if you couldn't replace one of the 200mm fans (like the top one) with 2x120mm fans + a 240 rad, or mount the rad on top. It does have the WC cutouts.
January 28, 2013 10:05:05 PM

Yes your right but I cant bear the thought of having rad outside, and if inside everything else gets too tight!
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January 29, 2013 12:39:46 AM

If your willing to remove the front 3.5" drive bays, you could mount the radiator there.
February 2, 2013 4:45:31 PM

You could buy a 200mm radiator?