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ASUS Max 4 Extreme + HAF X Water Cooling Critique

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Below is my build. I ordered the case and mobo so I can truly see how much room I have for a push/pull and 360 rad on top, but I'm in need of opinions specifically from folks who know how much room there is with this mobo and case.

Can the xspc RX360 fit there with push fans? If so, how deep can I go in mm on the push fans? Even if the left and right fans can be, say, 38mm and the middle one being 25mm because of the ram bays, I'm just looking for the most efficient setup possible.

With cooling both the cpu and gpu, will this rad be enough? Another option is to put a 120 on the bottom (pull fan I'm guessing on top of it). Or a 240 rad in the back.

My other question is that if I go with the external rad on the back, how are they mounted with push fans? What part would I need for that?

And lastly, with a push/pull on the 360 rad on top, what long screws would I need to secure everything? MY guess is that I would have to buy special screws to fit, maybe even dremel down to appropriate size, which I can do if needed.

Any other suggestions on the build to improve efficiency/value, I'm all ears. I just want to say a special thank you to Dr.GumbyM.D. for his advice on helping me decide on many components so far.

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i7-2600k @ 5.2GHz Asus Max IV Extreme EVGA GTX580 Superclocked Ripjaws X Series 8GB 
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OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD, WD-Caviar Black 1TB Lite-On 12x Blue Ray Win 7 Home Premium HP ZR30w 30" IPS 
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While not specific to your board, my rampage III extreme won't fit with a TFC 360 up top fully with push+pull. The VRM heatsink is in the way of the 3rd fan.

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I used the Koolance BKT-HX1000 rear mounting bracket for this 480, but there are cheaper plastic alternatives from swiftech and EK for external rad mountings off the 140/120mm slot on the back of your case.

When I was running one GPU+CPU the 360 was fine with 2000+rpm fans, but the temps started to get out of control when I undervolted to <1500rpm on my fan controller. This was a GTX480 which may put off slightly more heat than your 580 will.

I would stay stick with a single 360 then go with a dual+ rad externally if you aren't happy with performance.

I would actually recommend a different case if you haven't actually ordered the HAF X. The 800D is better looking and has an easier mod for a 240 rad internally than the HAF X does. The X is a really good air case, but the WC options are slightly lacking. The 800D also does have more clearance above the motherboard than the HAF X does.
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