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Custom Water Cooling Loop: Phanteks Evolv TG or Phanteks Eclipse 400S TG or another?

Hi,

I wanted to know which of these cases are a better choice for a custom water cooling loop? Or, would you suggest some other case?

I'm not sure how many radiators I'd want to install and where yet but I'd want to cool the CPU, and GPU (and maybe even RAM if that's possible)

Thanks,
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  1. Corsair 900D
    'Nuff said

    Note: Its pretty freakin huge
    And Yes, ram cooling is possible. And so is SSD cooling.
  2. GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    Corsair 900D
    'Nuff said

    Note: Its pretty freakin huge
    And Yes, ram cooling is possible. And so is SSD cooling.


    As much as I love the space 900D offers I'm afraid I don't have even room to keep it; hence looking into smaller alternatives
  3. GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    Corsair 900D
    'Nuff said

    Note: Its pretty freakin huge
    And Yes, ram cooling is possible. And so is SSD cooling.


    It's huge, and expensive.

    My two cents on water cooling. If the price of the cooling equipment means that OP can't afford the hardware he originally planned on, then he needs to look into a cheaper cooling solution.

    OP, is $300 for a case affordable for you?
  4. I recommend the Fractal Design Define S (there's a windowed edition as well). It's got dual 360mm rad support and dedicated pump mounts.
  5. Yes its expensive, and yes its huge.
    An alternative to better fit your situation would be the 750D airflow edition.
    Although without your specs (radiators) its impossible to tell what will fit and what won't.
  6. GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    Corsair 900D
    'Nuff said

    Note: Its pretty freakin huge
    And Yes, ram cooling is possible. And so is SSD cooling.


    If your SSD's need cooling, you have other issues.
  7. USAFRet said:
    GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    Corsair 900D
    'Nuff said

    Note: Its pretty freakin huge
    And Yes, ram cooling is possible. And so is SSD cooling.


    If your SSD's need cooling, you have other issues.


    I agree. I also don't think liquid cooled RAM is necessary either. DDR4 is efficient enough to not need a hefty cooling system to reach good clocks. Well shaped and well sized metal heat spreaders should be plenty.
  8. Thanks for all your responses!

    As for the 400S, I'm thinking of putting 3 x 120mm (or 1 x 360mm) (not sure which of the two combinations will be better) radiators in the front and one 120mm in the back (I'm not sure if there will be space to put a 120 mm in the back with the 360mm in the front though?)

    I might be understanding this incorrectly so feel free to correct me if that's the case
  9. AD0001 said:
    Thanks for all your responses!

    As for the 400S, I'm thinking of putting 3 x 120mm (or 1 x 360mm) (not sure which of the two combinations will be better) radiators in the front and one 120mm in the back (I'm not sure if there will be space to put a 120 mm in the back with the 360mm in the front though?)

    I might be understanding this incorrectly so feel free to correct me if that's the case



    The Define S as recommended by @weberdarren97 has more than enough space for your radiators.
  10. If you need at optical drive bay corsair 780t is a good solution too, it is cheap and offers great great space, is almost as huge as 900D. I prefered this case over the r5 because i needed 5.25" bays for my bluray-writer (tv series collector, i like to have everything i watch on bluray as archive). This case it is 5 cm lower and 4 cm shorter but 3 cm wider compared to 900d.

    Has support for 360mm top, 360mm front (or any of teh 360mm can be a 280mm), 140mm back and 240mm bottom so plenty radiator spaces.
  11. Well, I'll add my 2 cents.
    The most convenient and best performing case (IMHO) for building small-mid size system with a custom loop would be the Fractal's Define S and Define Nano S. (as you can see from my setup, I do put my money where my mouth is :) )
    Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX and ITX are a an option if you are ready to compromise a bit on performance and size for a better look.
    All above options have more than enough rad space to quietly cool anything you can throw in. 480 rad surface (as a single unit or split across 2) is enough for a loop with single GPU (of course CPU and whatever else). For dual GPU 600-720 rad surface is more than enough.
  12. Best answer
    I didn't see whether OP's question of 3x 120mm or 1x 360mm rads was answered. Well then I'll hop to it.

    Radiators have little holding tanks on the ends and are wider than standard fans thanks to this. This means that you likely won't be able to fit three 120mm rads on the top or front of any standard case. Your best bet is to go with a single 360mm rad.

    A compatibility note with the Define S: 140mm wide rads (140mm, 280mm, 420mm) will interfere with the motherboard unless they're ultra thin rads and fans. Ultra thin is defined as "the combined height of the rad and fans cannot exceed 55mm." (paraphrased)

    Radiators that are 120mm wide (120mm, 240mm, 360mm) will fit without issue.
  13. weberdarren97 said:
    I didn't see whether OP's question of 3x 120mm or 1x 360mm rads was answered. Well then I'll hop to it.

    Radiators have little holding tanks on the ends and are wider than standard fans thanks to this. This means that you likely won't be able to fit three 120mm rads on the top or front of any standard case. Your best bet is to go with a single 360mm rad.

    A compatibility note with the Define S: 140mm wide rads (140mm, 280mm, 420mm) will interfere with the motherboard unless they're ultra thin rads and fans. Ultra thin is defined as "the combined height of the rad and fans cannot exceed 55mm." (paraphrased)

    Radiators that are 120mm wide (120mm, 240mm, 360mm) will fit without issue.


    In my case you can put 3 120 rads one near another, it is plenty of room to position them how do you want, actually on bottom i had 2x120mm one for each of my videocard, also i could fit on top 3x120mm, depends on the case, i tend to believe that a very big case gives you more flexibility.
  14. a single rad would be better at least for flow restriction. not to mention that useful surface of 240 or 360 rad is bigger than on 2x120 or 3x120
  15. n0ns3ns3 said:
    a single rad would be better at least for flow restriction. not to mention that useful surface of 240 or 360 rad is bigger than on 2x120 or 3x120


    That is true, you got a little more cooling surface using a single large one vs 3 little ones.
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