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Mini ITX water cooled project Advice Needed

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Hi guys

I am in the process of building a mini ITX computer and I wish to water cool the CPU and GPU and overclock them both if posible, the components list for this build is as follows:

Motherboard Asrock Z77 ITX
Cpu i7 3770k
Memory Crucial ballistic tactical low profile 16gb
GPU MSI gtx 680 lightning
PSU Antec 650 watts platinum
Storage SSD 128gb + 1tb 2.5" hd
Cooling swiftech H220,

The case I have chosen is a CM 130 elite,(I am waiting for the case to arrive) due to space limitations in a mini ITX case, I will have to use thin rads and I am hoping I can squeze inside the following

Swiftech H220 + 120mm rad, but it may also be possible to fit a 280mm rad + 140mm rad but untill the case arrives I cant confirm this.

So who makes the best thin rads ? in order to maximise the limited cooling space.

I was thinking of getting some alphacool nexxos ST30 full copper. and if I go down this route I supose I need to get reservoir, again something small like Swiftech MCRES-Micro Rev2 Reservoir.

I was thinking of getting a aquagrafx water block for the MSI gtx 680 lightning.

Due to my limited knowledge in water cooling I am hoping that more experienced builders can offer their advice to help me avoid making mistakes which could be costly.

Regards

Joe Rubido
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Well have you seen this build log for a similar machine? Dude did it with a single uber thick cooler. http://www.overclock.net/t/1295261/build-log-mini-elite-crusher-cooler-master-elite-120-advanced
Edited by bombastinator - 10/8/13 at 4:55am
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crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
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Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
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(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
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Hi Bombastinator

That is one solution I havent considered, that is one serious 120 rad. 80mm thick !!!

I would have thought a rad like that one requires pull/push fan setup and high speed fans to provide optimal cooling

Thanks for the sugestion, I am keeping my options open.

I am using this build as my inspiration, only hoping that I can do the same without relocating the motherboard, plus using a 280mm rad instead of a 240mm.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1166133/the-most-extreme-mini-itx-gaming-rig-youve-ever-seen-max11lv3

In actual fact, my aim is to use a 280mm + 140mm rad if I can make it all fit inside the case, thats why I have opted for the Antec platinum psu which is only 140mm deep.

Regards

Joe Rubido
Edited by jrturbo - 10/8/13 at 6:22am
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