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Here is an older picture of the system I am talking about:



Since that picture, I have changed out the power supply, gfx cards, and removed all the 5.25" components.
Anyways, This is an sr-2 motherboard squeezed into a HAF-X case. I had to make some modifications to the case. I had to remove the 5.25" cage. The CPUs are currently being cooled with 2 x corsair H70s. Unfortunately, it is not giving me cool enough temperatures. I am only concerned about the processors. I am not doing any crazy gpu over clocking or anything like that. It is a workstation for graphics work.

My question to all of you guys is about a possible liquid cooling system. Do you guys think I could manage to do a custom cpu-only water cooling setup in this case? Do you guys have any recommendations for my specific situation? I am reading as much as I can on the situation. I like how simple the H70s are. Anyways. Thanks for any help and advice.

PS: I also wanted to add a little more info: 1 of the processors is staying cooler than the other. For example: cpu0: 57 C, cpu1: 49 C .... What do you guys think would be the reason for this? Thanks guys.
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RX360 in pull or push could handle those CPU's. Not sure if you can fit push and pull with that motherboard, some people have PPRX360 in a HAF-X and it pretty much touches the RAM.

I'd recommend a XSPC 750 RX360 kit, but since you have no 5.25"'s and more it makes it hard with that pump.

With some more modifications, I'd say that to be the simplist way.
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Thank you for the info. This is going to make me sound like a noob: What all should I be buying? I checked out the kit. It looks like I am going to need to buy the kit, an extra cpu block, and perhaps some more tubing? I will keep reading. Where do you suggest I buy from? I was looking at jab-tech.com. Thanks for any more advice. I am a noob! ahh!
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sounds like more of an airflow problem to me, both fans on each unit setup as exhaust? and if you did remove the 5.25 bays, do you have some sort of intake instead, i.s. mesh, or fans?
h70's should be enough if you're not overclocking the processor's much.
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Yes all the h70 fans are set up as exhaust. I removed the 5.25 bays, and there is nothing there in place. I only removed the 5.25 because of the board size. I am using x5660 xeon 2.80ghz. I am overclocking them, and the components are handling fine. The #2 cpu is pushing past 73c when I go up high enough, so I have to back off. Maybe I should try and get some new paste and remount? I don't think its an airflow issue, but its possible. I have the 2 big fans on top, 1 big fan in front, 1 on big fan on side. I figure that would be good.
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For the previous question about the 5.25" bays, the front covers are a mesh screen dust filter (assuming he kept it stock).

To keep it simple, I would suggest maybe the Swiftech H20-320 kit and add an extra water block in-line. The 3x120 radiator should be able to dissipate the heat (though not as well as the RX360, but it's more narrow and will fit better to the RX360). You could even set up a push/pull on it (though I don't know how much more benefit you'd get on the lower FPI radiators that swiftech uses). It would be easy because it has the reservoir and pump built into the radiator, so it's simple and should be able to handle the heat created by the two processors as long as you're doing too extreme overclocking.
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Hmm. Interesting. Yes I left the mesh screens in place. Here's what I am thinking I will do: I am thinking I will get the RX360 kit, hook the radiator underneath the 2 big fans, then the 3 included fans in the kit will go underneath the radiator. I will then buy an extra cpu block. Then I figure I do a circular loop with the connections? So it goes Rad>cpu1>cpu2>pump>Rad. Am I understanding this correctly? I think I am. Please correct me if I am wrong. I will keep reading.
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Originally Posted by jakefeb3 View Post
Here is an older picture of the system I am talking about:



Since that picture, I have changed out the power supply, gfx cards, and removed all the 5.25" components.
Anyways, This is an sr-2 motherboard squeezed into a HAF-X case. I had to make some modifications to the case. I had to remove the 5.25" cage. The CPUs are currently being cooled with 2 x corsair H70s. Unfortunately, it is not giving me cool enough temperatures. I am only concerned about the processors. I am not doing any crazy gpu over clocking or anything like that. It is a workstation for graphics work.

My question to all of you guys is about a possible liquid cooling system. Do you guys think I could manage to do a custom cpu-only water cooling setup in this case? Do you guys have any recommendations for my specific situation? I am reading as much as I can on the situation. I like how simple the H70s are. Anyways. Thanks for any help and advice.

PS: I also wanted to add a little more info: 1 of the processors is staying cooler than the other. For example: cpu0: 57 C, cpu1: 49 C .... What do you guys think would be the reason for this? Thanks guys.
if i've missed anything by not reading sorry, but you need a bigger case!

EDIT: maybe a rx240 rad up top? if you can find a place to put a pump... maybe go with a t line
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Yah man its the case, no way should a board like that be kept in such a small space. The makes some mean cases for E-ATX or whatever they consider that board.
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Do you have any case suggestions? I did want to mention that it was part of the project goal to get this monster motherboard into a non-monster case.
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