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I recently bought a fractal core 3000 case for my build. I'm currently looking at watercooling everything internally. a 240 radiator won't fit at the top due to it touching the motherboard heatsink (Gigabyte Z77 UP4 TH) so I was wondering would 2x 120mm be enough for a CPU + GPU SLI loop. I would be using the Swifttech CPU block + pump.

This is how I was thinking of having it. Green is Fans, Red is Radiator and Blocks, and orange is tubing. Would this work at all? GPU would be left at stock while the CPU(i5 3570k) would be overclock to 4.5-4.9
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It is suggested to have one 120mm section of radiator per waterblock. In your case you'd need a total of 360mm of rad space to make watercooling worthwhile.

Could you make a 240mm rad fit on the two intake fans? You'd have to get creative with your HDDs, but it is a viable option.

Edit: I will add that putting a 120mm rad on the bottom by the PSU might not be as feasible as it looks, as the length of the PSU with the cabling might create an issue.
Edited by ChrisTahoe - 2/22/13 at 10:34pm
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would a 240 rad in the front of the case work?
top and rear fans should be exhaust in my opinion.
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top and rear fans should be exhaust in my opinion.

This. I just noticed your arrows on the rear. It'd work better having the fan exhaust air through the radiator out the rear, thus likely created less turbulence inside the case.
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Well the only way I think I could fit a 240 rad up front is to drill two holes at the bottom of the case then possibly get a radiator stand mount. The two front fans are different side and held on by clips to the front panel so the radiator can't attach to those fans.

If I did that then it would be front fans > couple inch of spacing > radiator push fan > radiator or maybe I should have it closer to the front and have the radiator fans pull
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