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So i'm planning on building a mini itx pc next month and currently live (and possibly will continue to live) in California where my ambient temperatures can get ridiculously close to 40C,

the problem is i can't afford to build a decent pc and a custom loop (everytime i try to look it comes out 500$++) so my question is if i build in a 304 node, Is it possible to cool my GPU with a Kraken x40 (using a custom mounting block) And have an H60 for my cpu?

My main concern is i'm going to run in to major space/wiring issues, i'm sorry if this is obvious but it's my first build and i'd really like to not kill my gpu trying to air cool in the depths of hell


(please don't tell me to get a prodigy I need something I can bring with me on airplanes and movable when i move on to grad school)

The card i plan on using is a 7870 XT if that matters at all



tl;dr = can i fit an X40 and an H60/80 in a 304 node?
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So i'm planning on building a mini itx pc next month and currently live (and possibly will continue to live) in California where my ambient temperatures can get ridiculously close to 40C,

the problem is i can't afford to build a decent pc and a custom loop (everytime i try to look it comes out 500$++) so my question is if i build in a 304 node, Is it possible to cool my GPU with a Kraken x40 (using a custom mounting block) And have an H60 for my cpu?

My main concern is i'm going to run in to major space/wiring issues, i'm sorry if this is obvious but it's my first build and i'd really like to not kill my gpu trying to air cool in the depths of hell


(please don't tell me to get a prodigy I need something I can bring with me on airplanes and movable when i move on to grad school)

The card i plan on using is a 7870 XT if that matters at all



tl;dr = can i fit an X40 and an H60/80 in a 304 node?

node 304 can't accomodate two 120mm radiator, only one.
airplane? you can't take liquids in an airplane.

you don't NEED to watercool the gpu anyways, unless you plan to OC it to the max.
post #3 of 8
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I don't mean carry on I meant either in a suitcase or i guess shipped, honestly i just want something i could viably bring cross country

So i can't put a smaller radiator where http://www.overclock.net/t/1363306/watercooling-a-node-304-all-done-pictures-and-videos-included put his 184mm?


thanks for the reply
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Originally Posted by ratiller View Post

I don't mean carry on I meant either in a suitcase or i guess shipped, honestly i just want something i could viably bring cross country

So i can't put a smaller radiator where http://www.overclock.net/t/1363306/watercooling-a-node-304-all-done-pictures-and-videos-included put his 184mm?


thanks for the reply
yes you can put a small radiator at the front, but you have to go custom, sealed liquid coolers only comes in 120mm and 140mm.
Edited by ghostrider85 - 5/12/13 at 11:25pm
post #5 of 8
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hmm okay that answers what i wanted to know, thanks a ton
post #6 of 8
Im running a SFF build myself and in arizona where ambient temps get high as well. So I wouldn't worry about water cooling the GPU. I don't and it already has a OC on it.
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Unless you have a need for it to be really quiet while under load or have a need for super high overclocks, the computer will cool itself just fine with air cooling.
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I can't see why a pair of 140mm rads with fans couldn't be fitted... it would leave little room for HDD's tho'.

rear panel ( rad-fan-rad-fan )

dunx

P.S. I have a 140mm rad in the front of my FD Array II and had to move the PSU and the HDD cage to get it all in.
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