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thanks for all the help man. im really hesitant to start a project like this without doing a ton of research first. ive never done watercooling before, but i pretty much figured that the 2x80 rad wouldn't be enough to cool the gpus. just a shot in the dark i guess. so i'll have to cover up the cpu with a 3x120 rad. as far as that goes, do you think i could get by with a slim one? like the mcr-320-qp? i know if i use a thin one like that i'll have to run the fans at a higher speed, but i can't imagine the noise coming close to the vacuum cleaner noise of my 2 gpus. lol. if i use a slim one do you think there's be enough space to keep the bottom 5.25 bay open? i'd like to keep the cd drive there if at all possible. i can fit a reservoir and pump in other areas, maybe removing the middle drive cage since there's nothing there. Also, using that fat radiator like you did u must have come reaaaaaally close to the cpu block. did you have to use some 90 degree fittings for the cpu? will i still have to use those with a slim rad do you think?

don't really know how much restriction my loop will have but these are the items i'm looking at

Swiftech mcr320-qp-k rad
DangerDen dd-cpx pro pump
koolance gpu-220 gpu blocks
xspc rasa cpu block

still don't know what fans to get. i'll buy a res at the end, after i fit these in to see how much space i have and where i can put it. Any suggestions or ideas about my plan?
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thanks for all the help man. im really hesitant to start a project like this without doing a ton of research first. ive never done watercooling before, but i pretty much figured that the 2x80 rad wouldn't be enough to cool the gpus. just a shot in the dark i guess. so i'll have to cover up the cpu with a 3x120 rad. as far as that goes, do you think i could get by with a slim one? like the mcr-320-qp? i know if i use a thin one like that i'll have to run the fans at a higher speed, but i can't imagine the noise coming close to the vacuum cleaner noise of my 2 gpus. lol. if i use a slim one do you think there's be enough space to keep the bottom 5.25 bay open? i'd like to keep the cd drive there if at all possible. i can fit a reservoir and pump in other areas, maybe removing the middle drive cage since there's nothing there. Also, using that fat radiator like you did u must have come reaaaaaally close to the cpu block. did you have to use some 90 degree fittings for the cpu? will i still have to use those with a slim rad do you think?

don't really know how much restriction my loop will have but these are the items i'm looking at

Swiftech mcr320-qp-k rad
DangerDen dd-cpx pro pump
koolance gpu-220 gpu blocks
xspc rasa cpu block

still don't know what fans to get. i'll buy a res at the end, after i fit these in to see how much space i have and where i can put it. Any suggestions or ideas about my plan?

If you use a thin rad, look at the XSPC EX rad or the MCR XP and they both cost about the same.

You don't want to try and stick a 5 1/4 in there, at all. You will essentially reduce your 360mm rad into a 240mm rad. If you want to waste money, it's better spent elsewhere like a nice looking Asus USB burner. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135256

With the RX it wasn't as close as you might think. There's around an inch to the frame of the rad and the cpu fittings. You'll still have to use fittings like I did, no way around that. I would really recommend going with XSPC compression fittings (at your budget). Barbs will come loose when they are being pushed and contorted in a project like this. TBH, compressions will too, but compressions will give you more feedback before they actually "POP" and gush forth.

As for your parts, I've a couple critques.

First, there's no point in doing this if you go gpu only for your cards. The cards will still need proper air movement (due to the ram and vrm heatsinks) and most likely won't get that in this type of build. I would highly suggest going fullcover.

I would look into the same combo pump and res I used, DDC plus Bitspower MiniTank Plus. The DD-CPX is a blockish pump, it's small but it's not the small type you need. A DDC pump on the other hand is flat, under 2in thick and can accept a res that fits right on top. It's literally the perfect combo when space is a supreme concern.

The Rasa block is a good pick. At the end of the day if you have room for 10 bucks more, look into the Rasystorm cpu block. It's a decent upgrade for 10 bucks.

Also for fans, just get some Yate Loon high speed fans, hook them to a controller and you are set. You should check out the direct from YL fans from Jab-tech, they are freaking cheap but very solid. Actually, Jab-tech would probably have the cheapest prices on all the stuff I'm recommending.
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arrgghhh back to the drawing board. lol. ooh also, how did you secure your hard drives to the side of the case like that?
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I drilled holes and mounted the drive with pvc spacers and then taped the ssd with thermal tape right on top of the mechanical drive.

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tsm106, this thread has been so inspiring. I went ahead and started my own build. I bought an H100 bolted on a few extra fans and started to install it in my Lascala case.
I put the fans on the H100, set it in the case and realized.... I have no idea what I'm doing....



How do I best arrange this guy for airflow? Did I make a mistake?
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I guess it all turned out okay! thumb.gif Thanks for the inspiration!



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