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Case for two 360mm rads

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February 4, 2013 1:47:58 AM

Hi I plan on setting up a custom watercooling loop but I need some advice on cases. As of right now I am using an i5-3570k with a radeon hd 7970 which I know would be fine on a single 360mm rad, but if I decide to add two more 7970s later on what is the cheapest (still good quality) case I can buy that would fit two 360mm rads without modding? If smaller rads would be fine for my setup please tell me.

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February 4, 2013 1:56:52 AM

Well if you do out the math you have around 95 watts for a 3570k with an OC (rough estimate), 7970 is 250, maybe add an extra 20 for an oc is 270 plus 95 is like 360w. If you intended to add two more later that's another 500-540w for a total of 860-900w. At that point you'd probably want 3 360mm rads to dissipate the heat, or maybe 2 480s. Unfortunately in that scenario if you want it all in your case you need to look to more pricy cases. From off the top of my head

The (unreleased) Corsair 900D
Mountain Mods cases
The LD PC V8
A caselabs case
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February 4, 2013 2:18:18 AM

scopey86 said:
Well if you do out the math you have around 95 watts for a 3570k with an OC (rough estimate), 7970 is 250, maybe add an extra 20 for an oc is 270 plus 95 is like 360w. If you intended to add two more later that's another 500-540w for a total of 860-900w. At that point you'd probably want 3 360mm rads to dissipate the heat, or maybe 2 480s. Unfortunately in that scenario if you want it all in your case you need to look to more pricy cases. From off the top of my head

The (unreleased) Corsair 900D
Mountain Mods cases
The LD PC V8
A caselabs case


Alright thanks for the estimate and thanks for adding overclocks because I OC to the limit of my hardware (3570k is currently 4.7GHz on a CM hyper 212 evo and 7970 is currently 1.25GHz on stock cooler. My rule is that if it's not throttling, it's not a problem.)
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February 4, 2013 2:28:53 AM

toolmaker_03 said:
here take a look at my build and others and i think you will start to get the idea this is a lot of fun to do but can be costly at times

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/page-274855_29_550.ht...

Yeah I know it's going to be expensive, but it would also be really REALLY fun to do, and it seems to me that it's still more cost effective than buying a 4th gpu considering how badly the 4th gpu scales in crossfire.
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