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Smallest case for a 480 and 420 radiators?

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Hello guys, wanted to get some opinions. Thought I would attempt another project doing some case modding. I would like to find a case that's pretty small and inexpensive that I can cut up and mod to fit a thick 420 rad and a thin 480 rad. One of these two could go on top of the case if needed. Ideas?
post #2 of 5
What you cooling? Maybe you won't need a 420 or 480 rad(s).
post #3 of 5
900d I believe which is not small at all.
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Maybe SM8? Or not, can't remember. IDK if you can get a 420 in there with a 480. Maybe it's just a 480/420 up top, 360 up front, and 240/280 in the bottom. Might be able to mod a mount for a front 420, but the case isn't exactly cheap lol.


It's an unusual rad setup, so the only cases that I know for sure will handle them out of the box are huge... 900D, Caselabs, etc. You'd have a better selection of cases to choose from if you sold the 420 and replaced it with a 120mm form factor rad.
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post #5 of 5
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Yeah, it's way overkill for a 4770k and a 290x (more on the way). Either one of these radiators by themselves would be plenty to cool both for now. But I wanted to do this as sort of a project. I have the Phantek's Enthoo Primo now and love it, but it's massive. Both radiators fit perfectly in the Primo without any modifications. So I thought since I saw OC3D mode a Corsair 200r to fit a monsta 360 in the front, I might could do something similar.

I will have to find a case around 500mm long - my thoughts being the 480 could go in the bottom. I figured I could cut a slot out the back to let some extra hang out if needed. I also have some external radiator mounting hardware so I could always put a 420 up top.

Other cases that come to mind would be the Corsair 300r. I wouldn't want to spend more than $70-$80 on this case as it would be purely a project case.
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