Sorry for the long delay all! I'm back for another few updates.
I was struggling with what to do when it came to how to integrate a pump. Found the Alphacool Eisbaer LT Solo, which is a block with an integrated pump like an AIO - problem is, it's SUPER ugly.
Decided to give that a try.
It fits, JUST BARELY within spec.
Is definitely not the ideal look for having a window. Will need to look for another possible solution.
That other solution came within a couple of months! The ASRock A300 Series PC!
Ordered one the second I could, to scavenge the STX motherboard from the case.
The cats loved me ordering from Newegg.
The new system is so small, it makes me almost want to scrap the xbox idea, and try to watercool it instead.
Got the full mobo/psu out of the build.
New setup ready for transplant, after testing of course!
With a successful test boot, it was time to see how it fit into the chassis. It's far smaller than the ITX counterpart, and will need to either drill new holes in this tray, use the tray it came with, or a third alternative. I'm still debating on what to do here.
With the decreased size, that then gives me some options for the rest of the real estate within the chassis. Can I fit a pump, and thus a better aesthetically pleasing block?