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Hey guys I am attempting my first water cooling installation and have ran into a couple problems.

The Goal: Install a water cooling loop (CPU + GPU)

My first problem is the case I have - below is a picture showing the space I am working with. The workspace is very tight as it is one of the smaller mid-tower cases out there.

The second problem, or rather concern, is to purchase the correct and right parts for the setup as money is not free and if I am going to drop a few hundred bucks on the installation I want it to be done correctly.

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Thoughts:

I was thinking of using the side panel as a 2X120mm radiator solution blowing air out and modifying the rest of the case fans to blow inside - is this a good solution? Keep in mind I do want to water cool the GPU as well, if the 2X120mm is not sufficient would I be able to add a 140mm radiator beneath the top 140mm fan?

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Pictures:

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This is not my system - similar work environment

Photocredit: Alex K (friend - we have the same case)

Thanks in advance!
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I'm sorry I am not able to help you with the parts, but a big problem I see is the convenience of mounting a radiator on the side of your case. It's one thing to mount fans when you can simply unplug cables when you take the side off, but you can't really do that with a full loop, unless you leave lot's of slack in the tubing. Which sin't a good thing either.
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Yes, I thought about the extra slack in the tubing, however, if I used "quickplug" connectors I would be able to only leave about an inch or so of slack..the side is fairly easy to put back on while allowing minimal slack. Any ideas on quick connectors? I've been looking around the internet, cant seem to find any decent ones with positive reviews..
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Don't mount on the side of the case that is a bad idea . Either mount on the outside top of case, inside top of case, inside back of case or outside back of case. You can how ever mount in the front of the case depending on the size of the rad.

Dual Rad Setup (Example: 2x 120mm)

Res > Pump > CPU > Rad > GPU > Rad > Pump

Single Rad Setup (Example: RX360)

Res > Pump > CPU > Rad > GPU > Pump

For parts and such what is your budget. A good entry level water cooling build would be the RS360 Kit from XPSC and then throw in a GPU water block and that would total about $300ish. If you want a high end setup, you can go for a MCP 355 or a 655 (655-B), a good quality res and a nice 360mm triple rad. On top of that get your self some compression fittings (G 1/4 1/2") and either get some 7/16" or 1/2" Tubing of your choice. Make sure to also include a PT Nuke and or a Coil for algae, that could possibly grow in your water. All and all with that being said, the high send setup would be in the mid $400 range.

Now how ever if you want to just skim the water with water cooling, you can get a RS240 XSPC Kit for $130 Total that comes with tubing, fittings, coolant, rad, res/pump combo and all the necessary stuff.
    
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Thanks for the time you put into your reply fringe. The only concern I have with the XSPC is the pump, is it sufficient for a CPU/GPU loop? If so, then the other concern I have is if it will be cool enough with the RS240 rad.. I definitely do not have space for the RS360. I will be taking down all the measurements this weekend when time permits for a final decision.

As far as the budget goes I wouldn't want to spend more than 300ish on the setup and really don't want to buy another case. Might have to run the rad externally, if so, I will be going with the RS 360 with a mount. Any other ideas?
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Originally Posted by hellinas8;12564603 
Thanks for the time you put into your reply fringe. The only concern I have with the XSPC is the pump, is it sufficient for a CPU/GPU loop? If so, then the other concern I have is if it will be cool enough with the RS240 rad.. I definitely do not have space for the RS360. I will be taking down all the measurements this weekend when time permits for a final decision.

As far as the budget goes I wouldn't want to spend more than 300ish on the setup and really don't want to buy another case. Might have to run the rad externally, if so, I will be going with the RS 360 with a mount. Any other ideas?

get the RS240 kit and but a 120mm Rad separate.. The 750 pump/res is 750lph which is 1.2gph... It will be very good ^_^
    
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