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Hi All, I'm starting research for my first water-cooling build and I was hoping to get some advice. I really liked the build from the Mana review and I've always wanted to water cool so I decided now is the time! Like most things I do I tend to go extreme straight from the beginning even though it tends to take longer and mistakes are made. I'm tentatively looking at the following: 1 x Manta Case 1 x 280 Black Ice Nemesis GTS Front Radiator w/ 2 x 140 Fans (Pushing into the case) (Haven't decided on fans, open to suggestions) 1 x 240 Black Ice Nemesis GTS X-Flow or 240 Black Ice Nemesis GTS Top Radiator w/ 2 x 120 Fans (Pushing out of the case) 1 x CPU Block - EK Supremacy MX or EVO (again open to suggestions, I want to use copper though) 1 x Full GPU Block (Haven't decided on a GPU yet, sorta waiting for the summer GPU wars to pan out) 1 x EK-XRES100 Pump/Reservoir or EK-XRES140 PrimoChill 1/2" OD Acrylic Tubing (I know, hard tube first time out, I'm prepared for pain) PrimoChill Hardline Fittings (Nickel plated apparently, I don't think this would cause corrosion potential though) I intend to just use distilled water + silver kill coil which is why I want to use copper blocks and it's my understanding if I stick to copper and brass as I have it should be less of an issue. I'm open to a bio-cide, but I kinda like the idea of not using chemicals if I don't have to. I'm still in the beginning stages of planning, and I'm open to any feedback you have but my primary questions are the following and I'm really hoping Stuart/noobas4urus will have time to chime in. 1) Do you think I could use the Black Ice Nemesis 240 X-Flow on top to avoid that long run across the top of the motherboard? It'd be great if I could just use a few fittings to connect the outlet of the one radiator to the inlet of the other. I think it'd be better aesthetically and it'd remove one of the more complicated bends in the build. 2) Do you think I'd have room for the EK-XRES140 vs the EK-XRES100? The little bit of extra coolant room would make filling it easier. Could you elaborate on how you attached the pump to the bottom of the case? Thanks a lot for the time and for the inspiration for the build, you can tell I mostly used your review build as the basis for my parts.
Cases with curves are nothing new to PC cases. Manufacturers have turned to curves to break up the classic beige box and add appeal for end users for many years now. There have been cases with sweeping curves but nothing quite like NZXT’s new mITX case, the Manta. Teased at CES 2016, the Manta is all about curves, featuring not only curved edges, but curved surfaces as well. The case is as sleek as they come and it’s easy to see the sports automotive influence. As I mentioned, the case is mITX but by no means is it small. I’m hoping to coin the phrase “Large Small Form Factor” here guys, help me out with that... Check out the full article HERE.