Ladies and Gents,
My apologies for this query; I have in the past moderated technical forums, and know how tiresome dealing with the same type of question over and over can be.
That said, on to my enquiry.....
I recently assembled a new system using a BitFenix Prodigy-M case.
Not entirely relevant, but the details are as follows: -
Case - BitFenix ‘Yin’ Prodigy-M
Motherboard - ASRock Z87M OC Formula
Processor - Intel Core i7 4770K (4.2GHz)
Cooler - Zalman Reserator 3 Max
RAM - Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz, 8GBx4
RAM heat spreaders - Arctic RC Pro
RAM cooler - Arctic RC fan module
Graphics card - HIS AMD Radeon R9 290’X’
PCIe card - Startech USB3 card with 19 pin internal header
mPCIe card - Killer Wireless 1202N WiFi/Bluetooth card
Optical drive - Pioneer slim BD-RE drive
Card Reader - Akasa AK-ICR-14 USB3 card reader
Drive bracket - StarTech SLIMCDFDCAGE
Boot drive - Kingston 120GB mSATA
SSD Drives - Samsung 500GB 840 Evo x 2
Storage drives - WD 1GB Velociraptor x 2
PSU - Silverstone ST75F-GS
Fans - Top - 1 x Akasa AK059 120mm fan
1 x Cooler Master 120mm XtraFlo fan
Bottom - 2 x Akasa AK059 120mm fan
Back - 1 x Corsair SP120 High pressure 120mm fan
Long story short, a lot of gear in a relatively small space, and so cooling is somewhat compromised. I have been able to achieve stable overclocks of 4.4GHz, but heat was excessive.
I am looking to improve the CPU cooling solution, but there is obviously no space for a full custom loop, and to be honest, while I have completed several builds, and used a few different water coolers, they have all been all-in-one solutions, so while I understand the principles of water cooling, I have no experience of custom loops anyway.
I came up with the idea of assembling a 'sealed' AIO water cooler (for space saving and convenience) but using some aftermarket parts to improve performance. I have an old Corsair H80 water cooler that I switched from PC to PC in my early builds, eventually leading to one of the radiator mounting threads stripping, and I was considering using the Corsair pump/coldplate assembly, along with the tubing (though this could always be replaced), but attached to an aftermarket radiator. The BitFenix has 14cm fan mounting holes at the back, as well as the 12cm holes that I am currently using, so I intend to fit a thick, 14cm radiator to improve performance.
Another consideration is that, to return the Corsair radiator for replacement, it has to be sent to Holland, and considering the cost of international parcel post, I may as well spend a little extra and get a better radiator anyway!
My parts list would be as follows: -
- Stock water block and hoses
- Alphacool 140mm NexXxos UT60 radiator, or Phobya 140mm G-changer
- Mayhems Ice Dragon nano cooling fluid
- Monsoon silver cartridge anti-bacterial plug, and/or Pulse Modding kill coil
- 2 x BitFenix Spectre Pro PWM fans
Finally to the questions - apologies for the long post, but I thought it best to provide all the details for you to take in to consideration.
- Would swapping radiators be a worthwhile exercise to get some value out of my damaged H80, or am I barking up the wrong tree entirely?
- Does anyone know what size fittings I should be using to fit the Corsair hoses (G1/4" threads on both radiators of course)?
- Other than the choice of fittings, have I forgotten any parts from my list?
- I know that personal preference will always play a part, but I'll ask anyway..... Is one of the above radiators considered to be better than the other? The raw specs seem to be very similar.
Any information, opinion or advice would be greatly appreciated.