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So I've somewhat haphazardly built a new PC for myself (it wasn't planned; I just intended to upgrade to an SSD and somehow one thing led to another...) and I need some help with cooling. It's been a very long time since I did this. Anyways, I have a Haf XB case which I love and don't want to swap out, but it doesn't have nearly the space for radiators that I want. So I decided to take an old desktop shell and use that to hold the radiators.

The way I picture it is, the front with 3 5.35 inch bays (for res and fan control), and then the two sides and the back I'll cut 4 each 120mm fan holes so that I can put a 480mm rad on each side. And possibly one more in the back at a later time. I'll take the top off completely for ventilation (do I even need to do this?). Obviously, it will have cables\tubing routing to the actual computer. The goal initially will be to cool a 4770k and a gtx780ti, and possibly one more later.

My questions are. Well first, is this a completely stupid idea? Assuming it's not, are two 480mm rads going to be enough cooling for a 4770k and a 780ti? My goal is quiet and as such, the fans will be run at low speed, 900RPM at the max but I'm hoping even lower (I'm thinking something very quiet like cougar vortexes but whatever). If that isn't enough, will adding a third 480mm rad get me where I want to be?

Also, my plan is to place it on a shelf which will actually be beneath the PC. Will this be a problem? I figured I could use a tub attached to the res when I need to fill it. Or should I plan on building a shelf above the PC to put all this on?

Lastly, I was planning on using quick disconnects in the tubing somewhere between the box and the PC in the event I have to move it around a little. Do these things actually work, or should I plan on having to drain it completely if I ever need to move it around?
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I don't think your idea is stupid at all.
If you are looking to have a quiet rig this is a good way to isoalate the noisier components - fans
2 x 480's even with low speed fans is probably going to be considered overkill for cpu & gpu only - but I don't mind that thumb.gif
I would have your rad-box below (under desk or whatever rather than above - but either way will not make a difference to function.

I have used the Koolance QD3 many times since they were released.
Here's my add on rad for benching
off cpu > ext rad > back to loop
The bottom inlet hose for gpy's has a QD3 also so I can plug another rad into there also.


In another build I am incorporating jack in QD3 points for overclocking sessions - with a tap in between the 2 QD3's
The tap is behind the bar and thet svivel out for jacking in.
They work and I trust them to be there all the time waiting to have the ext. hoses jacked in.
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Great, thank you! Def going to start this then smile.gif
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