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I will water cool after my first build except, I have a few problems. First my case will not fit any rad no matter how small it is. So that means I will have to go external. Second, there are no grommets for tubing so I would use a pci bracket with fittings. Third, I have to build it cheap (under about $200). I am looking at the XSPC RASA RX360, but can that cool a 680 or 7970 and an Ivy Bridge I5? Fourth, I am looking at mounting the Rad off the back. Also I forgot the name of the Mount so can someone please tell me the name. Just to let you know this is a small case, it is the Raidmax Skyline. Changing the case is not an option. I will be doing my build at leat after April so I have time. Will all of this work? Thanks for the help in advance.
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An RX360 kit will cool a CPU and single-gpu card pretty easily, but you're going to exceed the $200 budget once you buy a gpu water block and misc hardware to mount it externally...
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My XSPC kit came with brackets to mount outside the case, they will look like this:
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As far as the name of the non-xspc mount, would you be thinking of the swiftech radbox?
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My XSPC kit came with brackets to mount outside the case, they will look like this:
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As far as the name of the non-xspc mount, would you be thinking of the swiftech radbox?

Wait, so the XSPC RASA comes with an external fan mount.? If it does will that one allow me to mount my rad on the outside back of my case? If it will then I will not have to use the Rad Box. But, thanks for telling me anyway.
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You could just put a fan in between the case and rad to mount it from the outside..unless you don't like pull or have extra fans.
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You could just put a fan in between the case and rad to mount it from the outside..unless you don't like pull or have extra fans.

I am wondering if puting a single might have trouble getting an Ivy Bridge (have not started build and I will start after Ivy Bridge) i5 at 4.5 GHZ or over? The whole reason to go external is that the case can only hold a small 120 rad and if that 120 can cool that i5 I would go internal and then go external when I do the VGA card(s) too. Would that be a good plan and again I will not upgrade the case because it was a gift and I don't want to insult anybody.
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If you can find a Corsair Nautilus 500, you'd be in great shape. thumb.gif
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