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I have hackintosh with a slightly OC Q9450 (3.0ghz) cooled with a Zalman 9500A and dual 8600 GT cards (One is passively cooled). My CPU core temps idles around 45C with ambient temps around 26C. At full load, the CPU temps gets to around 75C, however if I keep it at full load for more than 30 minutes, CPU temps starts to climb towards 80C. This is probably due to the limited air flow where the box is.

So, I thought why not water cool the CPU and potentially the GPUs. After doing some initial research, I realized that the Antec Solo case isn't great for water cooling. However, I do not want to go to a larger case (limit space to place the case under my desk). I am willing to do some slight mods to my case. I saw a post her from a guy that removed his 3.5in HDD encasement and moved his HDD to the 5.25in slots. If I clear that space up, I can either fit s 2x92mm rad or 1x140mm rad. The 140mm would have more frontal area, so it seems like a better choice. I would have to figure out how to mount it, but that shouldn't be a problem. I would like to keep everything internal.

I am looking at the following parts:
BlackIce 140mm Rad
XSPC Rasa CPU Block
Danger Den Maze5 GPU Block (only one)
Swiftech MCP355 Pump

My newbie questions are:
1) Would 140mm Rad be enough to cool both CPU and GPU? I don't need it to be really cooled, just max out at 20-25C above ambient.
2) Which 140mm Rad should I get (SR1, GT Xtreme, Stealth)? I would like the SR1, because I can use a low rpm fan to keep the noise down a bit. But the GT may perform better.
3) Is it possible to stack 2 BI 140mm Stealth together? Will it perform better than the XT? I can't fit 2 XT or SR1 in the case.
4) Should I bother with the GPU block? The only reason I am doing it is to get rid of some noise. But if I have to mount a high rpm fan just to get the GPU into the loop, it might not make sense.
5) Finally, should I bother to water cool? Or would I be better off buy a better air cooler given my restrictions around the box?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 7
140mm wont be able to cool gpu/cpu.

have u considered the xspc rasa kits? really worth the money,
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Yes, I looked at the XSPC Rasa kit. That's the first thing that I saw and I thought $130 isn't that bad for a water cooling kit. Of course, now the parts are adding up to around $400...

The problem with the Rasa kit for my case is:
1) The pump/reservoir would take up 2 5.25in bays. If I remove my 3.5in bays, I need the 5.25in bays for my HDD.
2) The radiator is about 15mm too tall to fit in the vacated space from the 3.5in bays. I can try to lay it flat on the bottom of the case, however, I would need to punch some holes into the bottom of the case. I would need to see what tools I need to punch clean holes into the case.
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post #4 of 7
Would it be possible to mount the rad outside the case at the back? That way you can get the rasa kit, put the res in your 5.25" bays, leaving the 3.5" bays for your HDDs.

You can get mounting brackets for the rads pretty cheap, like this one from Swiftech.

Edit: If you go for holes in the bottom of your case it is actually quite easy. I did this recently with my Antec Sonata Elite, I used a drill with a large bit, a jigsaw with a fine toothed blade and a file. It doesn't give the prettiest result, but it is underneath your case so who cares.
Edited by GingerJohn - 1/25/11 at 8:10am
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You can mount the radiator outside the case and use one of your pci slots for running the tubes.
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Originally Posted by Zmanster View Post
You can mount the radiator outside the case and use one of your pci slots for running the tubes.
I would prefer to have the radiator inside the case. I move the case around quite a bit and am afraid of messing up the rad.
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Originally Posted by tyroiii View Post
I would prefer to have the radiator inside the case. I move the case around quite a bit and am afraid of messing up the rad.
Koolance sells a rad mount that has a quick disconnect for people that move their rigs frequently. It's a bit expensive running around $50 however I use it and it works very well.
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