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Prodigy M Watercooling project help!

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I got a Bitfenix Prodigy M that I want to watercool and I would like some help deciding on the parts and radiator locations.

First of all lets see the hardware :

Silverstone 750W modular 140mm (carefully chosen to not obstruct any length gpu)
Gene V Z77
Intel 2600k
2x8gb Teamgroup 2400mhz
Sapphire Reference 7970 3Gb

Obviously I want to watercool the CPU and GPU. Both are golden parts that will be running at the following specs :
2600k @ 5ghz HT on with 1.49v
7970 has 86% ASIC and hynix memory and will run at : 1250mhz core with 1.22v and 1800mhz vRAM with 1.7v

This is practically the load that watercooling must sustain. Especially the CPU is a pretty big load at this overclock (best aircoolers not coping with it on prime and barely coping in handbrake). The GPU due to superb ASIC reaches this spec with only 1.22v so its not such a huge load, but the VRM do get toasty.

Can I get a quote on how much radiator capacity would be needed to see how we can squeeze it into this case? I know the case is not the best for WC and I know everyone suggests the mini-ITX version, but lets skip those posts because the case is here to stay and all parts are already bought-assembled.

On first thought I am thinking 240mm rad at the top (45 or 60mm thickness), 140mm rad at the back (30mm) and a single 120mm rad (30mm) with the space left next to it for reservoid-pump at the bottom.

I dont know if there is any 240mm rad that has zero bump on one side, then this could also fit at the bottom (the bottom has 2x120mm fans but the leftmost fan is directly next to the PSU so there is no space for a radiator bump)
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EDIT: ah, i just saw that you are going to be using the M-atx prodigy... a lot of what i said is now irrelevant... tongue.gif

well, my first recommendation would be to upgrade your components before you invest in water cooling gear. It just doesnt make sense to invest money in watercooling 3+ generation old hardware. The processor maybe, but no the GPU. The 7970 held its value pretty well because people like to use them for Bitcoin mining. You could sell it for $100 and buy a used GTX 970 for $200. A 970 will perform much...much... much better and produce less heat for your waterloop.

With that out of the way, I have water cooled in the Prodigy. I only did my CPU. I went with a push/pull setup on a 60mm thick 240 in the roof. I ran a DDC pump for like 11 minutes then switched it out for a D5 pump.

You should be able to fit a thin 240 in the top, a thin 240 in the front and a thin 120 in the back. It has been a long time since I played with a prodigy, but here was what my setup looked like before I switched to a D5 pump, which takes up a lot of space. Since the to radiator cant be scooted forward, you might have a hard time getting a radiator in the back tho.

I would for sure get SFX power supply with shorter cables!

here was how I had my prodgy setup before I setup before i switched to a D5 pump


Edited by Sean W. - 1/24/16 at 3:24pm
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Samsung 850 Evo 1TB Thermaltake Pacific W1 Alphacool 480, 240, 120 MCP655 Vari 
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2x EK full cover 980 waterblocks Windows 10 pro LG 34" 34UM95 Ultra Wide EVGA 850W G2 
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