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Swiftech or stick with air. Those Asetek units introduce all of the problems you identify while not performing better than high end air and with a little more noise.

Watercooling your GPUs is a smart choice - only the Swiftech unit has enough flow to do so.

Depending on what your needs are (I see a lot of wants but no problem - too noisy, too hot?) you will probably be better off investing in chassis airflow.

Well, I have two 1080 Ti FEs so noise is an issue. If I can silence my PC, that would be perfect while also being able to push some nice overclocks for my current CPU. My 750D case to front intake fans, two exhaust top fans, 1 exhaust back fan and two side intake fans (custom modded the acrylic with mesh filters).

So considering I never have done this, any suggestions on what I should be shopping for from Swiftech?
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Also what about EKWB? Maybe get a kit from there and also water blocks for my GPUs?
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I honestly don't get your will for your build. You need to cool your CPU and put it under water, which I totally get. But then you ask for an AiO system because of the risks of leaks, and because it should be portable?

As I said, putting water in your rig, whatever the model or build you do, will add a leaking risk, and add a lot of weight too. I understand your concerns about transporting a NH-D15 (they're legitimate), but you must understand you're trading an hypothetical transport risk with a real leaking one. And I wouldn't call a 750D a portable case 😁

Then I am pretty sure you want to try watercooling, so I would follow @claes advices, with a Swiftech expandable unit, as I guess it will be easier to build...

I'm not admonishing you, I would dream to have a build like yours, and all its issues 😁 It's just that if I had the money, I would forget the transportability and water all the things 😋

[edit] And when you're settled, please do a build log with nice pictures, so I can get even more jealous.
     
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I'd have to sort of agree with HZCH, except that it seems like your GPUs/noise are the primary concern, and with SLI water cooling is the only real option to reduce noise. Cooling the CPU is good and all, but it won't really solve your issue.

Personally, I'd forego changing CPU cooling since that doesn't seem to the issue and instead focus on the GPUs. I'd also probably get a new case - yours is a little restrictive - though if your side intake is close to the drive cages/the back of the GPUs you probably won't do much better.

At that point you're looking at buying fittings, tubing, and GPU blocks to add to the AIO, whichever one it is, and are basically building a custom loop. Since the kits come with a CPU block, you may as well buy another radiator and cool all major components - at this point it won't add much to your total cost.

You could go the CLC on GPU (Corsair and NZXT make adapters for GPUs) route if you're really trying to avoid the cost and hassle, and it would help with your SLI setup. Personally I avoid and discourage the use of CLCs/Asetek coolers, particularly where noise is a concern (I find their pumps to be more intrusive than a good, low-speed fan), but it is an option in your situation, and if you're using the fans that came with your chassis you probably won't find the pumps too intrusive.
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Also what about EKWB? Maybe get a kit from there and also water blocks for my GPUs?
The EKWB option is a fine starter kit but it's pump isn't strong enough for much expandability.

If I were in your boat and committed to SLI (maybe you could sell the cards for a single 1080 ti?) I'd either get a new case and try air cooling the GPUs or make the jump to a custom loop. The Swiftech unit is nice and all, but if the GPUs are the issue then you may as well go all in.

EDIT: I noticed you have a Rampage V Extreme, which has a really nice PCIE layout - are you using the 1st and 4th slots for your GPUs? If not, you could, which will give the first card more breathing room. With your motherboard you could also consider a triple-slot air cooler, which will help a lot with noise and some with temps, but won't give you the OC headroom you'd have with water.
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