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Liquid Cooling for Mini-ITX Build in BitFenix Prodigy mITX Case - Help!

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http://pcpartpicker.com/user/RDTTKA12/saved/4EXh

CPU Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $219.99
Motherboard MSI Z87I GAMING AC Mini ITX LGA1150 $149.99
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 $79.98
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" SSD $109.99
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X $289.99
Case BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower $69.98
Power Supply Antec 620W ATX12V / EPS12V $87.24

Total: $1007.16

Here is a build that I am preparing to order, getting all the final tweaks hammered down.
As this case is some large for this form factor, I am interested in putting in a CPU liquid cooling system.
From what I have read, this case will def fit a 1 fan liquid cooler, 2 fan setup with a little tweaking.

Any preferred units out there that would fit this build? Looking for any input and help, thanks everyone!
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    The Prodigy will easily fit a 240mm radiator on top, assuming you don't use a CD drive. If you're set on liquid cooling, the H100i would be fine, and will give you good overclocking headroom.

    You could save$25 or so and get the Noctua D14 that will give you about the same cooling, but be a lot quieter at load.
  2. Thank you for the answer, that is exactly what I was looking for.

    I am unfamiliar with liquid cooling appliances, but you make it sound as if it is very loud...?

    I am not dead set on liquid, but I was under the impression it would be a smaller and more efficient cooling system for a smaller form factor case.
    Once again, I am very uneducated in this area of PC appliances.

    Also, the D14 is huge but I assume it will fit into this case.
  3. At idle, the noise level will be minimal, but at load, once the CPU gets warm, the H100i has the noise of not just the not-sound-optimized fans, but also the pump.

    At full speed, the H100i is moticeably louder than the D14.

    Yes, the D14 is massive lol but it will fit the case, at the expense of the optical drive (usually) and room to mess with the motherboard and stuff once it's installed.

    If sound is a big issue, the Noctua would be better. You can even sacrifice a couple of degrees and get the U12S, which is even cheaper (around $50) and very quiet, while still cooling pretty well.

    I have an H110 and love it, it keeps the CPU very cool. Just depends what all you want out of the system.
  4. HiTechObsessed said:
    At idle, the noise level will be minimal, but at load, once the CPU gets warm, the H100i has the noise of not just the not-sound-optimized fans, but also the pump.

    At full speed, the H100i is moticeably louder than the D14.

    Yes, the D14 is massive lol but it will fit the case, at the expense of the optical drive (usually) and room to mess with the motherboard and stuff once it's installed.

    If sound is a big issue, the Noctua would be better. You can even sacrifice a couple of degrees and get the U12S, which is even cheaper (around $50) and very quiet, while still cooling pretty well.

    I have an H110 and love it, it keeps the CPU very cool. Just depends what all you want out of the system.


    Noise level to a minimum would be nice, but really unhappy about losing the optical drive. Though it appears I will be losing it regardless of whether I go with D14 or Liquid solution.

    Thank you very much for all the insight, very helpful.
  5. You can go with the Noctua NH C14 and keep the optical drive. It's a great low-profile cooler that will also cool the entire motherboard as well :)
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