I'm going to be doing a new rig (well, re-doing my old rig in a new case) in a little while here. I'm aiming to get it into a Bitfenix Prodigy case - a mini ITX about the size of a micro ATX. Now, because of the way this thing is designed, there are two things to consider when cooling. 1) I have room for a Noctua -D14 if needed. I also have room for watercooling, but I don't know how much. (Real watercooling, not a closed loop.) 2) There will be intake holes for my GPU, which would basically have its own airflow coming directly from outside the case.
So this is my question. I could, stretching all things, get a 240mm rad for the CPU and a 200mm squared rad for the GPU. I don't know how much, if any, room I'd have for a reservoir. I might be able to hang one the size of an ATX power supply above the GPU, and do a cylinder (dual cylinder?) one behind the GPU rad... but it's still small compared to what an ATX case could handle.
My two-fold question is this:
Would I be able to physically fit everything I'd need inside the case, if it were stripped down all the way? I could even put the 240mm rad on the top of the case, but everything other than that has to be inside it - this is for LAN parties.
Even if I could, would it be worth it? With smaller rads and reservoirs, would it even be worth the money over a top-end air cooler? Would I even see the cooling gains over that case stuffed with fans?