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Hi! I am in the process of ordering parts for my mATX gaming build! I am either going with a tower cooler or water cooling but it needs to be portable and needs to be able to move around. I am going to use it for med-high gaming and media viewing. Thanks!
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It really depends on the case, but I'd say a CLC would do well in an mATX build (as much as I generally dislike clc's). It would fit excellently in a smaller build and allow for some decent OC potential without trying to force a large tower heatsink into it.
 
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Water cooling (the real kind) would be my choice, as it gives you a lot of options, cools the GPU incredibly efficiently and to a much greater degree (pun!) than air, and a total of just 3x120/140 rad space would be enough for a fair amount of headroom.

It depends a lot on the exact components to be used, especially the case, so if you could provide that information, we could provide a more specific/accurate answer...
   
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Water cooling (the real kind) would be my choice, as it gives you a lot of options, cools the GPU incredibly efficiently and to a much greater degree (pun!) than air, and a total of just 3x120/140 rad space would be enough for a fair amount of headroom.

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The only reason I didn't suggest a real loop is space constraints, but again it depends on the case.
 
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post #5 of 11
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I have a bitfenix colossus mAtx so it is on the larger side of matx case but the with an open loop will I be able to transport? Like pick it up and bring it in the car?
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You should be fine with half-decent fittings. And it looks like that case can do fine with a thinner 240mm rad.
 
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Unfortunately there are still fairly few options for your case. Something on the sleeker and out of the way look like this
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_367&products_id=32132
Would not be strong enough to push a gpu and cpu block.
 
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I am doing two mATX and using h80i 's in both. Love them
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The h100i is nice and thin and would work in your case, but I'd wait until someone more knowledgeable than me comes around to give insight on loop options.
 
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post #10 of 11
Stay with air or have deep pockets and go custom loop. Air is just more dependable than CLC. The cost of a good pump or radiator is as much as a complete CLC. wink.gif

What air cooler is used depends a lot on what motherboard you use and how tall your RAM is.

I just got the new Thermalright TRUE Spirit 120 i. It is offset from PCI-E and RAM. (red are by me)


I expect it to perform as well as the older TR120 models... and they cool quite well.


Here it's 2c warmer than NH-D14. biggrin.gif
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermalright-True-Spirit-120-CPU-Cooler-Review/1420/6
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