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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 04:50 PM - Thread Starter
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I supose it would be somewhat of a weird case to watercool but I'm glad I bought it when I did because things are looking really well.

I managed to fit a 2 x 92mm and a single 140mm radiator in there and they fit perfectly. I might have to change the 140mm rad to a 120mm due to potential clearance issues which isn't really a big deal.

After putting the 184mm (2 x 92mm) rad in, I'm still left with 27cm (10.6 inches) of room for a graphics card and with that, comes the first dilemma. Which GPU to use? I'm a little bit of an nVidia fanboy so I'm primarily looking at 680/670/660 Ti. A reference 670 would be the easiest and most convenient to install and watercool. I was looking at the 680 Lightning but sadly its 11 inches long and I can't accommodate it. So which non-reference card with an available waterblock you guys think is best?

The other thing that I need to get is a pump and a reservoir. Due to limited space, I think the only thing that I can use right now is a radiator bracket that I can mount the pump and res to. I don't know what they're exactly called so if you know what I'm talking about and know where I can one, please let me know.

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It looks great! Considering the limited space, I would recommend 670. Reference 670 has considerably lower profile than reference 680. There are many water blocks for reference 670 to choose from.
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Impressive. Must watch thumb.gif

I am considering this case as well. If I can fit my phanteks cooler in it, I'm %100 sold.

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Very cool, I've been wanting to do a similar build.

I'm no watercooling guru (yet) but may I suggest this res/pump combo here

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GPU you want a Reference GTX670. Very Small with waterblock.
Also i am not sure if you can fit Apogee Drive II. it could save a lot of space.

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GPU you want a Reference GTX670. Very Small with waterblock.
Also i am not sure if you can fit Apogee Drive II. it could save a lot of space.

Yeah, after much consideration, I'm going with a reference 670 and this Waterblock and Backplate.

I don't supose any particular reference 670s clock better than the rest, correct?

On a different note. I need to choose a power supply. Obviously a 3570K/3770K plus a 670 doesn't sip all that much power. But I need something with short cables. Smaller the better.


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Yeah, after much consideration, I'm going with a reference 670 and this Waterblock and Backplate.

I don't supose any particular reference 670s clock better than the rest, correct?

On a different note. I need to choose a power supply. Obviously a 3570K/3770K plus a 670 doesn't sip all that much power. But I need something with short cables. Smaller the better.

This PSU: http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=351&area=en

It has Short cables i believe.

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This PSU: http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=351&area=en

It has Short cables i believe.

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Damn unbraided cables frown.gif.

Well you would have to do it yourself. I believe i was wrong about the top suggestion. You need the short cable kit

http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=219&area=en

In such a small place braided cables will not make a difference. As long as you manage then they should look nice.

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Well you would have to do it yourself. I believe i was wrong about the top suggestion. You need the short cable kit

http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=219&area=en

In such a small place braided cables will not make a difference. As long as you manage then they should look nice.

If only I knew how to braid cables. Is it hard to learn? What about the equipments that I would need? I think if I braid the cables myself, I wouldn't need to buy the short cable kit as I can cut them to whatever length I deem fit.


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