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I picked up two GTX280's and full cover waterblocks for $200 recently.
I was originally going to resell the waterblocks at $50/ea to get some money back, but I mean, 280's on water are pretty sweet. And I DO already have a bunch of WC equipment laying around.

Considering the small size of this case, does it seem like this could even be done in a clean fashion without ripping out the hard drive bay or using up all the 5.25" slots?

My initial thought is to put my 240 rad up top, have the pump rest on the bottom of the case (it seems to be wide enough to fit it no problem), and then add in a 120mm rad on the back with a fillport. Alternatively, maybe have a bitspower micro-res along the top gpu vent?

Heres a basic layout of what I mean. Scale is not at all right, so whatever. Flow direction isnt really set in stone or anything. NB isnt included because mobo blocks are EXPENSIVE.
The alternative to this would be the same, except the bottom 120mm rad would be a swiftech rad/res.
Also, the pump is a D5, so flow is always going to be pushed out the top of it.
Also also, between the vreg, cpu, and pump, 45° fittings will probably be used.

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post #2 of 11
your cooling too much with the amount of rads you got.
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Originally Posted by newpc;12326846 
your cooling too much with the amount of rads you got.
I've always gotten this sort of response for any wc build I've done, and its never been true.
People underestimate the amount of thermal capacity their radiators have.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by newpc;12326846 
You're cooling too much with the amount of rads you got.
Why is that a problem? confused.gif

NVM. I'm reading it as you are saying that the rad capacity is overkill, but I guess you aren't.
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post #5 of 11
well what i mean is ofcourse it can cool it but the temps wont be nice.

thought about using one of those 2x 5.25" reservoirs for your d5? or even one of these. using one atm, pretty sweet.

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EDIT: i just had my doubts that he will get good temps trying to cool around 550 watts.
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Originally Posted by newpc;12326894 
well what i mean is ofcourse it can cool it but the temps wont be nice.

thought about using one of those 2x 5.25" reservoirs for your d5? or even one of these. using one atm, pretty sweet.

I mean, I understand what you're saying. Its a lot of hot stuff on 360mm worth of rads, which is the amount commonly seen for just a processor. But I'm not intending to take my cpu to 4.5ghz or anything, OC is less of a priority than acceptable temps and low noise (SLI 280's in this case arent exactly quiet or cool)

There was a DangerDen dual 5.25" res I saw that I really liked, but at $140 it seems hard to justify over a separate res.
And though that attachment would work, I am rather concerned about aesthetics on this build, and I dont find that too pleasing on the eyes tongue.gif
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post #7 of 11
I've seen a few different options with this case. I put an mcr320 on the top, and the mcp 355/restop combo in the hard drive bays. Then mounted an SSD to the side of the hdd rack.

Here is a pic, I got lazy and never sleaved the cables. It has been taken apart since then.

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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Mikecdm;12326952 
I've seen a few different options with this case. I put an mcr320 on the top, and the mcp 355/restop combo in the hard drive bays. Then mounted an SSD to the side of the hdd rack.

Here is a pic, I got lazy and never sleaved the cables. It has been taken apart since then.
Looks great. If I didnt need my HDD rack I wouldn't hesitate to put another rad there with the pump, and possibly the res.
Alas, I have drives frown.gif

Whats the top of the case look like? I'm thinking just an exposed rad grill would go well with the brushed aluminum top.
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The top is just a plain grill. When I bought the case it already had that grill on it, but the openings were terrible and i had to redo them. I was originally planning on putting an mcr220 up top, but ended up using it in my rocketfish. Since i had a spare mcr320, I just used that instead and didn't bother with the opening for the third fan. I didn't really do anything with this computer. It was used as a HTPC smile.gif.

One thing to mention, if you use a full size ATX mb, the rad/fans cover the usb/power/reset headers.

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post #10 of 11
In all honesty if you go with a black Ice gtx 240 and 120 rads with 1850 rpm gentle typhoons it will be more than enough to cool ur setup. You will have great temps as well.
 
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