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I would get a new case for several reasons - a $35 case is not likely to be big enough, watercooling takes up a lot of space and you have the budget.
The haf 932 sounds like a good choice.
This guy seems to have build your system.


Lots of options, but I would check the Laing D4 or D5 before you buy anything. Powerful, quiet pumps.
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you can skip the reservoir if you are patient enough to fill it up slowly.

i know this case will fit a 360 up top (without loosing the ability to use the 5.25in drive bays) and a 280 up front (if you take out the HDD cage and put them in the 5.25in drive bays or something:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112342

for more info see my build log. It is a great case if you dont mind getting your hands dirty and busting out the dremel.
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one thing people overlook on fittings: you don't need $10 fittings to make a good loop. if you plan on a cpu only loop, straight barbs for $2-3 will do the same job for a third the cost. If you really want a no frills loop, Skoobs nailed it with going without a reservoir. The most expensive part will be a cpu/gpu block. radiators can be had from $30-100 depending on size/brand, and pumps vary depending on demand. you dont NEED an mcp355 or D5 for a simple rad&block loop, cutting down the cost even more. I would spend a lot of time looking at the different vendors, pricing things out. Water cooling doesn't HAVE to be expensive. you also don't need $3/foot tubing, any tygon/masterkleer with distilled/biocide will do you just fine, and even some hardware/lab supply stores will sell the identical tubing for less. just look around a bit.

You can also look at it this way; your radiator and pump will most likely outlast the majority of components, because sockets change much more than pump/radiator design, so those costs are essentially sunk. The only cost that will apply in the future is upgrading the CPU block, which some can be had for similar prices to competitive top end air coolers
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I'll post pictures of my current case after class, i was starting to doubt the viability in water cooling for me for a few reasons.1 being my cpu doesn't go over 58c while gaming and running programs at the same time. 2 I added a fan under my gpu as an exhaust fan to pull air out of the case (hot air under card out and maybe cooler air from other parts of the case closer to the intake of the card. lowered load temps from 83-84 to 72 this makes me thing that it is just being starved of air, and you will see why when you see my lower front intake fan)
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