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I am currently working on a new build. I have 0 experiance with water cooling. Im planning on getting the Corsair 650D mid tower case. My questions are this.

Will a mid tower case allow for a full loop set up?

I was thinking about starting off small and just cooling the CPU, The h50/70 seems to basic and easy. I want to build this thing. Nothing premade. Any ideas are appreciated.

Next question. Is it better to use mineral oil in the loop incase of leaks?
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A mid tower will work if you have a 240 rad, a larger rad will require some modding if you want a custom loop. if not the H50/70 will fit fine.

You can always mount the rad outside the case.

Dont use mineral oil, use distiller water with kill coil.
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I don't have anything to prove this but from the looks of it 650 and 600t both uses the same chassis/skeleton just different bezel to give different looks.

you can fit slim 240mm rad up top and other rad you would have to fit it outside or 120 rad by the front fan/grill.
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You can get a 240 in the 650D without modding, which will be enough for your CPU and, if you are willing to run high speed fans and don't want the best temperatures, your GPU as well.

If you are willing to cut the case a bit you can probably get a extra 120mm rad in there somewhere, otherwise you can always hang extra radiators off the back with a rad bracket like the one from Swiftech

Price wise have a look at the XSPC Rasa kits, they provide good performance for a low price, and are made up of the components of a custom loop, nothing pre-made. They also give you the ability to expand easily.

Mineral oil is a bad idea as it will make your pump work too hard (it is thicker than water) and it also has a lower specific heat capacity, so the performance will be lower. If you take you time and set things up properly then you will not get a leak, and distilled water is pretty non-conductive too.
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You can get a 240 in the 650D without modding, which will be enough for your CPU and, if you are willing to run high speed fans and don't want the best temperatures, your GPU as well.

If you are willing to cut the case a bit you can probably get a extra 120mm rad in there somewhere, otherwise you can always hang extra radiators off the back with a rad bracket like the one from Swiftech

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Mineral oil is a bad idea as it will make your pump work too hard (it is thicker than water) and it also has a lower specific heat capacity, so the performance will be lower. If you take you time and set things up properly then you will not get a leak, and distilled water is pretty non-conductive too.

yeah, top has mounting for 240 rad and if he moves HDD cage to mounting position just below gpu/in front of psu, he can fit 120 rad up front or 140 rad
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post #6 of 10
Move both HDD cages and you can fit the phobya 200mm rad up front.
With modding and the sacrifice of a top 5.25 bay you can pull off a 360 rad.
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Move both HDD cages and you can fit the phobya 200mm rad up front.
With modding and the sacrifice of a top 5.25 bay you can pull off a 360 rad.
Thanks for the great advice guys. I might try and move the HD cages. Im only going to run a SSD and a single 1tb/2b hd.
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If I go with cpu & gpu cooling what is the recommended size radiator?
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You should have 1x120mm for each block.
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If I go with cpu & gpu cooling what is the recommended size radiator?
With your CPU / GPU combo you can get away with a 240 using high speed fans, but you will not get the best temperatures.

I would go for at least 360mm of rad (e.g. a 240 and a 120) to get the best results.

For details of the heat dissipation of various rads have a look at Skinnee's triple rad comparison, well worth a read.
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