For all who don't know, Lian Li is due to be releasing a new case soon, the PC-A03
. This is a mATX chassis and is modeled quite similarly to the PC-7FW
only without the window. I love the styling of the front fan grill on both of the cases. The only problem for me with the PC-7FW is that is is bigger than I want, being ATX, and with the A03 it is the alignment of the front bays, as they are not centered.
Since it would be a lot easier to fix the bays than to shrink the ATX case, I am planning on using the A03 in my next case build. There are a few questions I have to make this build possible however... but first my component choices! (The prices are listed in American Dollars, fyi)
Case: Lian Li PC-A03 (~$100)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage II Gene
Processor: Intel i7 920
Memory: G.Skill Pi series 3x2gb
Video Card: EVGA GTX 285
Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling 750 Quad
(Free, Already Own)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Black 640gb
DVD Drive: NU Slim DVD burner, External
My plan is to make a dual loop, one loop to cool the i7 and one for the 285(s). I am not sure how large of radiators I would need to cool either of the loops. I have never watercooled before, but I want to keep it all internal, as it looks much cleaner that way. I also might go SLI with the 285, but only if that means I could still fit all the radiators internally.
I will not be trying to set any overclocking records, so temperatures do not need to be extremely low, especially on the graphics cards. If I do overclock at all, it will only be on the i7. If I can know what size radiators to use, I will find a way to make it all fit! Also, in terms of "nice" looking waterblocks, I am going for minimalist, so the most "bling" I would want would be EK Nickle/Acetal blocks
. I will also be trying to make this a fairly quiet build, so if that affects anything...
Thank you for all your help, and with any luck, this idea will become a reality over the summer!
So my questions...
1) Do my component choices look good and compatible?
2) What size and brand radiator would I need to cool the i7?
3) What size and brand radiator would I need to cool a single GTX 285?
4) What size and brand radiator would I need to cool dual GTX 285s?
5) What blocks would be good to use on the i7 and the 285(s)?
6) As I have never watercooled before, what do I need for each loop?
If a question still doesn't make sense after you read it all, let me know, and I will try to clarify!