I'm getting ready to build a new video editing workstation. I've decided to use an AMD Threadripper and add a GeForce 1070 GPU, with the idea of adding potentially a second one in the future, when budget allows. I'm also adding 2 SSDs and 2 mechanical HDs in a RAID configuration.

Now, my problem is that I have never built a liquid cooling rig, but I'm a bit worried about all the heat that the above listed components will produce (specially the part about 2 GPUs in the future).

As I am not planning on overclocking this system, it doesn't need to be water cooled, but I do have concerns that conventional air cooling will not be enough to prevent the system from thermal throttling. I don't really have much time to spend tinkering right now and I need the new computer ASAP, so I'd like some recommendations.

I would like to keep the cost of the cooling solution below $350.

If liquid cooling, it would need to cool the CPU and GPU(s) with one reservoir and pump.

  • Hi, your question in its current form is more of a technical support request. If your intention is to ask for a recommendation of a compatible liquid cooling system, it would help us if you posted specific requirements. – Bennett Yeo Sep 17 '18 at 16:44
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    In general, it would not hurt to go with a liquid cooling rig, and some come in self contained units that are easy to apply. You should be able to get away with an air cooled solution, but if you've gone through the effort of buying a pricey Nvidia GTX 1070, I would go with liquid cooling (particularly if overclocking your GPU for more performance is an idea that sounds attractive to you). I wouldn't expect an SLI GPU setup to l̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶f̶i̶r̶e̶ hit the thermal limit and shutdown just because it was air cooled. – Bennett Yeo Sep 17 '18 at 16:46
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    You might, however; lose some performance to thermal throttling. – Bennett Yeo Sep 17 '18 at 16:50
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    If you are looking for a recommendation for a liquid cooler, listing your GPU and a target price range should be enough. If you want, go ahead and include your CPU model and socket and we can recommend a water cooling system for your CPU as well to have a more complete water cooled system. – Bennett Yeo Sep 17 '18 at 18:50
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    @PaulJ I had a feeling you'd say that. To be honest, if you're spending 500 for a custom loop you might as well buy 2 1070's that comes water cooled (379.42 each) and then purchase a separate CPU water cooler (59.99) – Bennett Yeo Sep 18 '18 at 15:28

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