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Radiator/loop component selection for 5960x OC in a Fractal R4

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StrategyFreak

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Hey forum members,

I'm putting together a 5960x build inside a Fractal R4, and I was wondering how many radiators I'd need if I'm planning on overclocking the processor to 4.6-4.7 GHZ range, and I'm willing to bump the voltage up a little higher than usual for these overclocks in order to achieve this.

As for parts, I currently have an Apogee XT waterblock, 2x 220 mm rads, and a MCP-655 pump, as well as a set of Gentle Typhoons I've been saving for this occasion lol. Since I was only planning on watercooling the processor, I'm wondering if it's possible to run an overclocked 5960x with just 1 220 mm rad instead of two, or maybe with a 120 mm rad added on. That would free up the other rad for other purposes, but I want to be conservative with this and I'd definitely include it if its necessary to get the thermal headroom necessary to overclock this beast of a processor.

Thanks!
 

jaymz9350

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How thick are the rads and are you planning on placing it up top or in the front?
 

Lochekey

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What radiators as you using exactly I'm not familiar with any 220mm rads?

Sorry I missed this thread earlier.
 
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StrategyFreak

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Sorry, I meant 240x120mm rads (radiators for 120mm fans). For this loop, I've got the Swiftech MCR 240mm radiator and an XSPC 240 mm rad. Tubing is 1/2 inch ID.

Was wondering if this was overkill for 5960x overclocking. I'd like some thermal headroom, but maybe just having a 240 and 120 mm rad might be enough for that, allowing me to save the 240 mm rad for another build.