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Optimal Itx case for watercooling?

I'm planning to build an itx build watercooled.
First option in my mind: Fractal Design Define Nano S (modded with tempered glass)... It have a double 240 rad slim support... So perfect probably
The other option in my mind is the Rajintek Ophion Evo (or not Evo?!)
Any other idea or which one between those 2?

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Any other idea or which one between those 2?
Depends how small you want to go, the Nano S can indeed fit two 240's, but its also on the larger side for an ITX case.

If you're up for a challenge, people have fitted dual 240's in an NCase M1 before(its less than half the size of the Nano S), should be a bit easier now that the XSPC TX240 Ultrathin Radiator is out(which is surprisingly good btw).

The Ophion EVO is a good choice if you're good with a single 240. Fitting a 240 in the regular Ophion is technically possible if you're willing to put the fans on the outside, but that seems a bit silly to me.
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I'm planning to build an itx build watercooled.
First option in my mind: Fractal Design Define Nano S (modded with tempered glass)... It have a double 240 rad slim support... So perfect probably
The other option in my mind is the Rajintek Ophion Evo (or not Evo?!)
Any other idea or which one between those 2?
I have a Fractal Nano S right now.

Downsides:

* The plexiglass side window.
* Lots of plastics, build quality I'd describe as well made, but not amazing.
* Not really much of a size decrease from a mid-tower, to be honest.
* Also it's 26L, so you'll get shunned by the SFFPC community.

Upsides:

* Wire management is a breeze.
* Can fit a ton of watercooling. I've had 2x240 rads, but now I have 1x240 and 1x120, both fit easily. But I've seen 1x280 + 1x120 builds, and 2x240 + 1x120 builds too.
* ATX power supply support.
* All around an easy way to build water into a smaller form factor, I grabbed it in a fit of frustration after botching my watercooled Hadron Air attempt.

Now, if you really want to stay in the good graces of the SFFPC community, the Cerberus X could easily fit 2x240 rads, but the downside is it's expensive, would require an SFX supply (not the worst thing, Corsair makes awesome SFX units), and the biggest thing is cable management does not exist in that case. Like, at all.

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Any other idea or which one between those 2?
Depends how small you want to go, the Nano S can indeed fit two 240's, but its also on the larger side for an ITX case.

If you're up for a challenge, people have fitted dual 240's in an NCase M1 before(its less than half the size of the Nano S), should be a bit easier now that the XSPC TX240 Ultrathin Radiator is out(which is surprisingly good btw).

The Ophion EVO is a good choice if you're good with a single 240. Fitting a 240 in the regular Ophion is technically possible if you're willing to put the fans on the outside, but that seems a bit silly to me.
I excluded the Ncase because in Europe is practically impossible to find and my challenge probably is to fit in a hand luggage case

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I'm planning to build an itx build watercooled.
First option in my mind: Fractal Design Define Nano S (modded with tempered glass)... It have a double 240 rad slim support... So perfect probably
The other option in my mind is the Rajintek Ophion Evo (or not Evo?!)
Any other idea or which one between those 2?
I have a Fractal Nano S right now.

Downsides:

* The plexiglass side window.
* Lots of plastics, build quality I'd describe as well made, but not amazing.
* Not really much of a size decrease from a mid-tower, to be honest.
* Also it's 26L, so you'll get shunned by the SFFPC community.

Upsides:

* Wire management is a breeze.
* Can fit a ton of watercooling. I've had 2x240 rads, but now I have 1x240 and 1x120, both fit easily. But I've seen 1x280 + 1x120 builds, and 2x240 + 1x120 builds too.
* ATX power supply support.
* All around an easy way to build water into a smaller form factor, I grabbed it in a fit of frustration after botching my watercooled Hadron Air attempt.

Now, if you really want to stay in the good graces of the SFFPC community, the Cerberus X could easily fit 2x240 rads, but the downside is it's expensive, would require an SFX supply (not the worst thing, Corsair makes awesome SFX units), and the biggest thing is cable management does not exist in that case. Like, at all.
Damn Cerberus X excluded, out of budget. I'll probably handle a mnpctech modded Nano S so some of downsides are solved. I being more convinced to use it.

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I excluded the Ncase because in Europe is practically impossible to find and my challenge probably is to fit in a hand luggage case



Damn Cerberus X excluded, out of budget. I'll probably handle a mnpctech modded Nano S so some of downsides are solved. I being more convinced to use it.
Just an FYI, I have the MNPC tech side panel and it's still acrylic :/

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I excluded the Ncase because in Europe is practically impossible to find and my challenge probably is to fit in a hand luggage case



Damn Cerberus X excluded, out of budget. I'll probably handle a mnpctech modded Nano S so some of downsides are solved. I being more convinced to use it.
Just an FYI, I have the MNPC tech side panel and it's still acrylic :/
Thanks, I didn't read right! Another information... If I don't use a mini gpu (watercooled) I'll have enough space for the rad + reservoir on the right? O I'll have to sacrifice something? I don't pretend a push/pull rad config but seems that there is a lot of space looking other configs

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Thanks, I didn't read right! Another information... If I don't use a mini gpu (watercooled) I'll have enough space for the rad + reservoir on the right? O I'll have to sacrifice something? I don't pretend a push/pull rad config but seems that there is a lot of space looking other configs
Here's what mine looked like with two radiators, but I was also using low profile rads. A regular length GPU leaves very, very little space between the fan and rad with a normal thickness rad. Even a low-profile one like this has a small amount of space available.
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Thanks, I didn't read right! Another information... If I don't use a mini gpu (watercooled) I'll have enough space for the rad + reservoir on the right? O I'll have to sacrifice something? I don't pretend a push/pull rad config but seems that there is a lot of space looking other configs
Here's what mine looked like with two radiators, but I was also using low profile rads. A regular length GPU leaves very, very little space between the fan and rad with a normal thickness rad. Even a low-profile one like this has a small amount of space available.
Which rads are that? 30mm + classic 25mm fan?
I thought to go for a dual magicool 240 slim g2 27mm thick but if a 30 fit ok i would go for it maybe

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Which rads are that? 30mm + classic 25mm fan?
I thought to go for a dual magicool 240 slim g2 27mm thick but if a 30 fit ok i would go for it maybe
EK's CoolStream SE rads and normal 25mm fans. EK's rads are 25mm thick, but I have a Nemesis GTS on the front now and it fits. That's a 30mm rad and I highly recommend them, they are great for low-speed fans (I'm using Noctua NF-A12x25) to keep volume down.

Might be a tight squeeze getting the front and top rads to both fit, though. They were almost touching with the EKs, but if you had the fans on the inside, it should clear ok.

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