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Corsair 350D Watercooling advice.

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May 9, 2013 4:04:03 PM

Hey guys, looking for some help.

I'm looking into getting the Corsair 350D as soon as the 700 series arrives from nVIDIA. However, I do have a couple of concerns.

Will I be able to fit one of the "brackets" for the ssd's while still having a 240mm radiator in the front? Also, will I be able to fit the EK-D5 X-RES 140 CSQ in the case - if yes, how?

Link to the top/res: http://www.caseking.de/shop/catalog/Wasserkuehlung/Ausg...

Thanks in advance.
a b K Overclocking
May 9, 2013 4:27:34 PM

Corsiars cases are an excellent choice. You will need to remove the HD mounts to fit a dual radiator in the front. As SSDs don't have any moving parts, they can be mounted anywhere. Even just some doubled sided tape will do the trick if you don't want it to be permenant. Otherwise, you can by 2.5 HD mounts that you can bolt anywhere you have room. BUT then again, there is not much room in that case. You could solve the HD issue by mounting your Rad in the top too. Then again, there is also the optical drive bays too as a lot of people are not finding much use for them anymore. I actually share an external one among most of my PCs. Your concerns are valid and there is a lot of thought that goes into watercooling smaller cases. Measure twice before you even buy anything.
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May 9, 2013 4:51:49 PM

I will be removing the HDD cage, that's for sure. But yeah, I can definitely mount my SSD somewhere else - it goes great with my intended color scheme too. Thanks for the points. Do you have any idea regarding the top/res?

I'm gonna have 2 x 240mm rads btw :) 
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a b K Overclocking
May 9, 2013 6:07:42 PM

Wow, 2 240 Rads will fill that up in a hurry, but go big or go home right? Not sure about that res. I can't read the info on it. EK does make quality stuff and they are popular. I envision a tube res, like the one you have chosen, but with a round base, attached to the inner panel along side the motherboard.
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May 10, 2013 2:01:12 AM

I was thinking about that too, but then arises the problem as to where I should place my D5... And I can't really find any buildlogs for the chassis yet as it is still very new.

The thing is that I already have this pump/top/res, so it would be very convenient if I could fit it somehow :) 
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a b K Overclocking
May 10, 2013 4:14:30 AM

I recommend drawing out your loop a few times to get the tubing under control. As for the Res, I think it could attach to the bottom of the case, next to your D5 alongside the motherboard.
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May 10, 2013 12:01:16 PM

Here are my 1337 skills in photoshop (paint): http://gyazo.com/99c1d989c7a5508815b4596f1b5d6736
(Press the link if you want to have a laugh)

My only concern is just if that EK-D5 X-RES 140 CSQ will fit between the radiator and graphics card. Anybody who has this case who could measure the space for rad + top/res? Planning on using the 770, no idea what length it might come with...
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a b K Overclocking
May 11, 2013 7:24:46 AM

Hey, it does the job. I saw a review of this case over at tweaktown. Link> http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5432/corsair-obsidian-... The only area I see that could be an issue is from the res back up to the front rad. You could get a rad that has outlet on one end and inlet on the other and that would fix it.
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May 11, 2013 9:53:33 AM

How would that be a problem if both the inlet and outlet is at the top of the rad - maybe I'm not understanding you correctly?
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a b K Overclocking
May 11, 2013 5:06:33 PM

Its the hose coming from the res up to the top of the front rad. It won't work the way its drawn as the hose will have some bend and I am afraid may not get around the gpus. You can fix that with the right degree of fittings though. Aesthetically it would look nicer to have the res go straight over to the rad in the bottom of the case too. Just some thoughts.
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May 12, 2013 2:57:23 AM

maestro0428 said:
Its the hose coming from the res up to the top of the front rad. It won't work the way its drawn as the hose will have some bend and I am afraid may not get around the gpus. You can fix that with the right degree of fittings though. Aesthetically it would look nicer to have the res go straight over to the rad in the bottom of the case too. Just some thoughts.


You're totally right - it's a great idea. I didn't really think of it.

Thanks a lot for all your help!
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