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Although a custom water cooling solution would be quite challenging in this case, many people have had success fitting all-in-one solutions such as Corsair H60 or Antec 620. Here are the pros and cons regarding fitting.
- Radiator mounted vertically. This means you cannot use the optical drive bracket, which also means you need to find another solution for any ssd/hdd.
- Radiator mounted horizontally directly to the case, with a single fan pulling air through it. If you use tie-wraps to connect the fan to the radiator, you can let the fan hang a few millimeters lower. This way the whole optical drive bracket plus the 2.5" mounting below can be used. The 3.5" cage won't fit however. You can also mount a fan to the outside of the case to add extra push.
- Radiator mounted horizontally with two fans in a push-pull solution. It's also possible to use tie-wraps here to lower both the radiator and the second fan. If you want to bolt the two fans to the radiator, you will have to remove the 2.5" mounting from the bottom of the optical drive bracket. You can do this simply by drilling out the four rivets, or by using a dremel to cut away the cage.
Alternative Placement of Drives
If you want to use a water cooling solution, here are some ideas for alternative placement of storage drives:
- 3.5" along the front right side of the case. Use the top right part of the case frame to mount a 3.5" drive. You will need to drill 2 holes in the top case frame and use a right-angled bracket to hold the drive at the bottom. This even works with a horizontally mounted radiator. See Another little black box- sugo05-i540wc build [HardForum] for explanation and pictures.
- 3.5" in a custom cage bolted to the top middle of the frame. If you don't need the optical drive bay, and have a means of bending thin sheet metal, you can construct a tray to hold a 3.5" or even 2 x 2.5" drives at the top of the case.
- 3.5" HDD or 2.5" SSD velcro'd under the PSU. If you flip the PSU so the fan is at the top, you can use velcro to hang an SSD under the PSU.
- 2.5" cage under the PSU. If you find a small enough 2.5" retention bracket you could bolt it underneath the PSU.
- 2.5" cage at the end of the GPU. If your graphics card is less than 7.5" / 191mm, then there is enough space to put a 2.5" cage at the front left of the case.
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A short list of video cards which work well in this case.
- Gainward GTX 560 Ti "Phantom": This card has the 2xPCIe connectors at the top of the card. It's also 7.4" / 188mm long from the inside of the expansion card bracket, and it's 1.6" / 41mm wide from the expansion slot. The card's cooling block is then 4-7mm from the air intake grill, and runs along almost the whole length. With it's maximum tested power draw of 229W [Tom's Hardware], this leaves you a safe margin for motherboard and CPU power requirements. With a card this short, you can have a push-pull watercooling setup with the radiator horizontally, and even mount a 2.5" ssd/hdd at the end of the card in the front left corner of the case.