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Posted · Original PosterOP

I've just nabbed a cheap gtx1080 with waterblock.  I have limited space in my current workstation/gaming setup, which already struggles to fit the CPU AIO, requiring risers to my compute GPUs.

 

Is there a relatively quiet rad/pump/reservoir combo up to cooling a 1080 at standard clock?  If not, then what is a robust pump with fairly quiet operation, which could given enough flow for a multiple card loop?

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Might end up being cheaper to source a replacement air cooler and sell the block, hah. How limited is limited here?


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1 hour ago, offweek said:

I've just nabbed a cheap gtx1080 with waterblock.  I have limited space in my current workstation/gaming setup, which already struggles to fit the CPU AIO, requiring risers to my compute GPUs.

 

Is there a relatively quiet rad/pump/reservoir combo up to cooling a 1080 at standard clock?  If not, then what is a robust pump with fairly quiet operation, which could given enough flow for a multiple card loop?

Have you considered switching to something like a morpheus ii? I suppose a NZXT G12 with a 120 mm AIO is the most compact option alternatively.

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The most compact setup might be a bequeit 120 aio expanded to the gpu waterblock due to the fact it can be refilled. Bequiet is one of the few aio using a cupper rad (fractal design used to be all cupper but now i do not know)

other option is a 120 rad and ek small ddc-like pump https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-xtop-spc-60-pwm-plexi-incl-pump you can use a 3-way splitter fitting to fill up the loop before the pump intake it will be a pain in the bottom to bleed it but it might work. Some pictures or more info (case, aio you using) of you rig will be very helpfull


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I would consider removing the CPU AIO and running the GPU and CPU in the same loop.


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Or a hybrid cooler for the card if it’s reference. 

 

An spc 60 can be pretty small and run a small swiftech res. I’d be more concerned about the rad space you can fit before attempting this. 


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I might be wrong, but didn't swiftech make 240/280mm rads that had integrated pumps and reservoirs?

 

This type of thing? might come in 120/140mm as well. Don't know if they still make them. One of the PC parts stores here in Aus have the kits on clearance.

 

This type of thing:

 

Image result for swiftech kit

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Just an idea - why not go a cheap bigger tower for the moment till ya can get a some thing for now and still benefit ?


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I would recommend either selling your AIO and doing a full single loop or selling the block and getting an NZXT G12 with a 120mm or 140mm AIO. Or selling the card and getting an air cooled one lol.


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have a look for the air cooler, something like evga SC or any FE design pcb


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You can buy cheapo water blocks because quite frankly, they aren't all that worse than lets say EK for 5x as much. Barrow and Bykski seem like a good cheap option. But I'd probably still buy a pump from EK. I've heard a lot of horror stories of cheap pumps dying or being obnoxiously loud. Everything else seems to be on quite decent level, even radiators. Them being aluminium is not really a big issue. A lot of AiO's have them and they work for years. If you use fluids with inhibitors like EK CryoFuel, even changing them once a year, that's 10€ expenses.

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On 10/1/2018 at 7:05 AM, offweek said:

Zammin, which store in AUS has them on clearance?  I'm in AUS so would be awesome.

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On 10/1/2018 at 3:05 PM, offweek said:

Zammin, which store in AUS has them on clearance?  I'm in AUS so would be awesome.

Sorry mate, didn't see this. PC Case Gear has them here:

 

https://www.pccasegear.com/products/41941/swiftech-h220x3-edge-prestige-240mm-liquid-cooling-kit

 

https://www.pccasegear.com/products/41940/swiftech-h240x3-edge-prestige-280mm-liquid-cooling-kit

 

They only have the 240mm and 280mm kits, none of the single rad ones.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Cheapest option, by a substantial margin, was buying second hand cooling loops.  Buying 2 used for less than the price of a new loop.  Will let you know how it goes.  Thanks to all posters, your input was helpful.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

There was an old woman who swallowed a fly.......

Allocated time: 3 hours

Real time: 5 hours with pending tasks left over

 

Self fives

 - Took time to plan.  Did not need to throw out any tube

 - Ran system over a sink before connecting in situ.  Found one leak

 

Unexpected delays/issues

 - Missed 1 O-ring on a fitting, cause of leak took ages to find

 - Watercooled GPU doesn't give display output  (but runs GPGPU tasks brilliantly) - Turns out this was a combined OS/UEFI issue with a few reboots required before it correctly assigned the main screen

 - Tried using only fittings to get from A to B, this was not a good idea

 

Regrets

 - Should have installed top rad

 

Expected Issues / future projects

 - It needs more rad space

 - Pump/reservoir unit is external

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