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To make a very frustrating and long story short. I was upgrading my computer, got a new motherboard and found out the heat sink fins near the CPU are blocking my XSPC RS240 Radiator from being mounted.

I tried to mount the radiator to the outside of the case (even though I think it looks bad) and realized I don't even have enough tubing to do it. So right now I'm sitting at home frustrated wanting to put my stuff together (even paid overnight shipping for the motherboard) and thinking of the alternatives.

In my Corsair 600T case I only have about 27mm of clearance between the motherboard fins and a radiator. The only things I found that would fit would be the Black ice Pro II Radiator which has only a thickness of 25mm (It's discontinued but some stores still have supply) and a lot of the closed water loop systems.

I guess the main question here is, with my XSPC Rasa 750 and possibly a black ice pro II 240 would the current closed loops perform better? I was looking at the NZXT Kraken x60 and the temperatures from the reviews look really solid.

Have the closed loops caught up with some of the lower end water loops in terms of strictly CPU cooling? I purchased the RS 240 with intent to only cool my cpu and it's been doing a great job. I don't really anticipate cooling video cards because I think the life span of video cards are too short to buy dedicated blocks.
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do you have a dremel? slot the mounting holes side to side. i had to do that to fit everything in the top of my 500r. before i did the slotting, i dremeled off a fin from my motherboard. dont drink and assemble please. sometimes a clear head is better than rushing while buzzed frown.gif
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i dont have a dremel. One of my first thoughts was to cut off part of the radiator to fit it in, but it would require purchasing a dremel and possibly screwing up.
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NEXXXos ST30 From Alphacool fits nicely. I have same case 600T. you can check my gallery if you want to see.
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The ST30 was my top choice, but I don't think I have enough clearance for even that radiator. I got an MSI z77 board and the heatsink on it is fairly large.. I only get abootu 25-28mm of clearance for a radiator.

The ST30 is 30mm from what I checked.
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In my opinion - no - the all-in-one systems have not caught up with the custom loops or even with most of the kits of similar price, take, for example, http://www.aquatuning.de/product_info.php/info/p13669_Alphacool-NexXxoS-Cool-Answer-240-LT-ST---kit.html which is similar to your usual 240mm kit with couple of differences, for a start full copper rad while all-in-one use usually aluminium, second, you can run it with pure distilled as opposed to antifreeze you find in all-in-ones (they must, as they used mixed metals), the tubing size difference is neglible as what you get in restriction by using smaller ID tubing in all-in-one you also get, roughly, in custom-loop-kit bcos of using res and having thus longer tubing length, however, having a res has been shown to be an advantage by the mods where people have added res to the all-in-one system and managed to lower temps substantially through that, dunno if the result of res or using larger tubing, but something has been going on in this regard nevertheless, top it off with a good waterblock and most of the time better pump and I would say, that unless you have insane room issues in your computer so that you dont have to put the res anywhere you would be better off with the kit or custom loop than all-in-one.

All-in-one is more of equivalent of high end air cooler than to the water cooling system in my opinion.

As far as your size restrictions go - have no experience with that case, but you should, in theory, be able to squeeze in 30mm rad. The fins themselves are usually about ~25 mm and theres extra few mm on both sides above fins for the holding plates for the fans, so unless the holding plate happens to intersect the particular location of your mobo heatsink it should fit. Or, its always possibility to mount externally assuming you are able to find some additional tubing for that somewhere - most of the kits come with sufficient lentgh of it (~2 m usually) to reach outside the case without any problems.
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Thanks for your detailed reply. I ended up getting the black ice pro 2 which is 25mm 2 pass radiator and some of those sexy monsoon chrome compression fittings. In the long run i just felt that a custom loop is just more "enthusiastic" and looks damn sexy. Wouldnt have madr sense to go to an AIO when I already have everything.

http://cdn.overclock.net/b/b8/b8c66286_b6d98db8_IMG_1321.jpeg
Edited by gl0ry - 6/1/13 at 8:56am
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