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I'm asking a general question here: How do you know if you need a 120mm, 240mm, or 360mm AIO.

Is there a general rule of thumb on how big your AIO has to be to accommodate a certain processor?
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I'm asking a general question here: How do you know if you need a 120mm, 240mm, or 360mm AIO.

Is there a general rule of thumb on how big your AIO has to be to accommodate a certain processor?
This would keep an i7 k series processor reasonably cool under normal loads with no issues.

I ran an h55 120 aio on a 4790k for 2 years in a micro atx build with not a lot of breathing room and the cpu did fine while the gpu was a different story.

Case I used was a bitfenix prodigy-m for reference. Brouht cool air in from bottom. Exhausted out the rear where my aio was and out of the top. It was my first gaming build I did with no help. Gpu was an asus strix 970.

If you're gonna overclock, I'd say get a 240. I run a 360 on my 7700k which is delidded and binned and overclocked to 5.0ghz. The 360 is overkill but I rest easy knowing the temps are always in check.
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If you're gonna overclock, I'd say get a 240. I run a 360 on my 7700k which is delidded and binned and overclocked to 5.0ghz. The 360 is overkill but I rest easy knowing the temps are always in check.
Nice to know - since I see more of the 240mm AIO, then thee 120mm AIO - I'll go with what's commonly available and advertised here on SD - being I'm new at the AIO game, at least I know it's a good deal.
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I'm asking a general question here: How do you know if you need a 120mm, 240mm, or 360mm AIO.

Is there a general rule of thumb on how big your AIO has to be to accommodate a certain processor?
a 120mm should be able to handle most 95W processors without issue.even OC'ed - the Enermax Liqmax II 120S for example advertised TDP of 320W

240mm gives you a little extra margin of error of course, and may reduce fan noise if that's a concern
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