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post #11 of 17
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That kit would work - but do you think you have room for the large res? I wonder if it wouldn't hit the bottom mounted radiator . . . .also I'm a little underwhelmed by the pump if you're thinking GPU, but it's an option.

I would look more for Swiftech H2O-X20 Elite or Swiftech Compact Drive II (H220) - If you can find one!

If the res is too big, what do you recommend I do then if I also water cool my GPU here at some point?
post #12 of 17
I'd likely do a micro res or a single bay res.
(micro: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_318_666&products_id=24649)
(single http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_318_663&products_id=27515
(another: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_318_665&products_id=27518)

If I did a single bay res, I'd also recommend a Silverstone SST-FP58B and a slot load drive. I have one in my TJ08E and it's a really nice piece. Would be ideal for a HTPC.

If you didn't want to do the Apogee drive 2, another way you could try is this from alphacool:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_318_658&products_id=33828

It can use the same PWM pump that's found in the apogee drive. Again, pair it with the slot load if you'd like.
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post #13 of 17
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Does anyone know if the pump on this kit is able to WC both a CPU and GPU without an OC? I'd like to add a GPU into the mix down the road. It looks like I'll have to go with something like a tube reservoir if I decide to continue working with this case.

Can this tube res sit on the floor of the HTPC case or does it have to be mounted higher?

EK-KIT L240 Water Cooling Kit
post #14 of 17
I run the EK-DCP 2.2 pump/ res in my mini ITX and watercool both 3770K and GTX 650 Ti Boost. My GPU doesn't exceed 50C and CPU doesn't exceed 65C at full load. The pump performs excellent in a small loop like in an ITX or HTPC.

Yes, you can mount it on the floor as the coolant feeds directly into the pump and sits slightly higher than the pump.
post #15 of 17
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I run the EK-DCP 2.2 pump/ res in my mini ITX and watercool both 3770K and GTX 650 Ti Boost. My GPU doesn't exceed 50C and CPU doesn't exceed 65C at full load. The pump performs excellent in a small loop like in an ITX or HTPC.

Yes, you can mount it on the floor as the coolant feeds directly into the pump and sits slightly higher than the pump.

That is good to know then. Do you have the res/pump mounted to the floor on your ITX case?

Is EK better than XSPC or about the same?
post #16 of 17
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That is good to know then. Do you have the res/pump mounted to the floor on your ITX case?

Is EK better than XSPC or about the same?
Mine is sitting on top of my HDD bay in a Prodigy case, about 3-4" from the bottom. I don't see it performing any differently if it was mounted on the bottom of my case.

As for EK vs XSPC, the performance would be about the same comparing the two you're looking at. It's more about if you like tube res (EK) or bay res (XSPC) and what's more aesthetically pleasing to you. Both have pros and cons. I've had great results with EK products except for plasticizer issues with the tubing and coolant that came with one of their kits.
post #17 of 17
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Mine is sitting on top of my HDD bay in a Prodigy case, about 3-4" from the bottom. I don't see it performing any differently if it was mounted on the bottom of my case.

As for EK vs XSPC, the performance would be about the same comparing the two you're looking at. It's more about if you like tube res (EK) or bay res (XSPC) and what's more aesthetically pleasing to you. Both have pros and cons. I've had great results with EK products except for plasticizer issues with the tubing and coolant that came with one of their kits.

Is it recommended to change out the tubing then if you order one of the EK kits? If this pump is mounted to the floor of my case, it should have enough power in the pump to push to the CPU and when I add the GPU?

I wish I could get one in the 5.25 bay, but it would hit the rad. This case is designed in such a not so friendly way.
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