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Old 12-30-2008, 02:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am finalizing my WC setup and had a question. Would this radiator be enough for a cpu and 1 gpu? My thinking is right now I will only cool my cpu. When I build my new rig I plan on cooling the cpu and a single gpu. For now I really want to mount it internally and the mcr-320 would be a tight fit only allowing me one dvd drive. Ultimately (2 years down the line) my goal would be to use the 220 for a gpu-nb loop and get a second rad for a dual gpu loop (in a case that would accommodate both of them). Am I on the right track with my thinking or will I not see the cooling effects I am looking for.

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I ran an MCR220 for about 2 and a half years in a gpu cpu setup.

Now I've never used a quad core but it should be able to handle a reasonably clocked quad and a mid range GPU with good temps.

Higher end stuff or stuff clocked way high and your temps will start to suffer.

I would recommend the 320 though. I have one and there's nothing like 19C idle temps.
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Thanks. From what I have been reading it looks like I will go with the 320. Now I have to decide if I go internal or not. I do really need 2 dvd drives. One for US region and one for European region. I could mod a power switch into the top of my case or put it outside on the back (wife would not like that option). I have seen top mounts in my case but I do not like how they turn out.
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I did a top mounted mcr220 on my brothers case that came out looking decent.

And my rig has a 320 hung off the back.
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Yeah I have seen pics of you rig and it is nice. I have the Thermaltake Armor and how you mount the psu with the usb firwire and audio plugs that you would have to move on top, I would have to cut it up more than I want. I think it is off the back for now. We will see. My wife's dad owns his own truck repair shop so I do have access to really cool power tools and such.
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Well the nice thing about mounting it off the back is it really is pretty easy to do.

I'll be looking forward to seeing some pics down the line.
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Give me a couple of months. I had the cash together but then my monitor crapped out on me. I think it is a blessing because it is giving me more research time. Option 1 back mount. Option 2 get a cheap or free case to pop mine in for a week or two and go to metal shop.
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