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My brother wants me to make a small, water cooled gaming machine for him (has a huge HAF now) - but doesn't want to spend quite the cash I did for my custom loop in a CL S3 (cant imagine why). He isn't going to do much before turn it on and play games (or surf). And he doesn't want windows (in the case, not the OS).

So after looking around thought about picking up a Phenom M case and using it with some AIO coolers to give him 80% the effect of WC without the price (or the headache, since I will be "tech support") My thought is as follows

an mATX such as the MSI Z87M or some such (don't need a $200 board for him) and likely an i5. (or I might give him my old ITX / 2500k and go find something new to play with). He has an old 6870 that he wants to use, but I'm trying to talk him into ditching it and going to a r7 290x. He only games at 1920x1080. My cooling ideas were, just using a single GPU, using the top of the Phenom M for a H105, and then use a g10 bracket or some such for the GPU to mount a H90 in the rear fan slot. I think this would be easier (and cheaper) than a custom loop and reduce the need for him to do maintenance, which I know he'll forget.

So, anyone using a Phenom M and your experience with the mounting points? Will these AIO coolers work well there? I was hoping for push-pull, but if need be I'll just do push.

Thanks for the thoughts.
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Two rads in a Phenomenon,that's a tight fit. I believe it is an either/or scenario, not both. Could be wrong, but it would be tight,very tight.
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Yeh, Know if I do the top rad, I'm limitted to basically one GPU. The tight quarters is part of the reason I was thinking AIO loops rather than have to deal with bleeding.
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Any more thoughts on the matter?
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Yup, go for the Aerocool ds-cube instead. Much better for what you want to do.

In the Aerocool, you can easily do what you plan on doing, granted, it might be better to do the custom loop in this circumstance.
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A custom loop with thin rad and fans would fit up top with an aio on the rear. Would be a task though,but looks doable.
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Yup, go for the Aerocool ds-cube instead. Much better for what you want to do.

In the Aerocool, you can easily do what you plan on doing, granted, it might be better to do the custom loop in this circumstance.

I'm actually suprised to hear this as some of the reviews I read seems to think that the Aerocool Ds-Cube's front end was rather restricted.
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I'm actually suprised to hear this as some of the reviews I read seems to think that the Aerocool Ds-Cube's front end was rather restricted.
Probably because they wanted to keep all the bays installed. You only need like 1 or 2 drive bays, which I would personally buy the adaptor to turn the 5 1/4 drive bay into a dual HDD bay. Frees up tons of space biggrin.gif
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