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Mounting XD5 in 680x Case


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New to water cooling. I've watched a bunch of videos and read a bunch of things in the last week or so in preparation. Learned a ton; probably a lot still to learn.

 

Bottom line: I can not figure out how I will mount the pump/res combo unit in this case (given how long my video card is).

 

I bought a 680x case a week or so ago. It's set up and working great with a Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master MB, i9900 CPU, 4x8GB of Vengeance Pro rgb ram, the 3 LL120 rgbs in the front that came with the case, 1 LL120 rgb in the rear, 1 LL120 rgb in the top, and a H115i RGB Pro XT CPU cooler with the radiator mounted in the bottom. I have an EVGA RTX2080S FTW3. Just a temporary setup while waiting for all the parts to try setting up water cooling this coming weekend.

 

I have a Corsair XD5 pump/res combo. And, I plan to have a single 120mm radiator on the back, 240mm radiator on the bottom, and two regular 120mm fans on the top.

 

Here's the problem:

 

With this very long video card mounted normally, it goes all the way to within about 2 inches of the front fans. The space above the backplate of the video card, to the left of the front fans, to the top of the case (where there will be a fan mounted), to the right of the RAM sticking out from the MB forms the "boxed" open area where typical pump/res combos are mounted.

 

No way it would fit there! Even if it could, it wouldn't line up with the front fans, which is where I think the mounting bracket would go (since there's no front radiator).

 

So, I bought a vertical mount cable for my video card thinking in that position it would create a lot more room in the open area "box." It looks like it will, and probably enough to fit the pump/res in that area like that. But, how would I actually mount it in there with no radiator or anything else obvious to mount it to?

 

Sorry for the long-winded question. I'm trying to be sufficiently descriptive. If I've failed, I'll try to figure out how to post a picture that would probably clarify the problem.

 

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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My preference is to put in the back side of the case, toward the front. There are some mounting points you can use there. Then run the in/out through the grommets to get back.

 

I have seen one or two people do vertical mount GPU and squeeze it all in somehow. It is very tight. I have done this in a different case with the same long GPU/overlapping restrictions. I didn't like it at all and eventually replaced the XD5 with a smaller and skinnier model to fit the space.

 

There should be some posts with pictures either in the Case or Hydro X forums.

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Thanks, c-attack. I'd read about putting it in the back part where the PSU and storage devices are (I think that's what you're saying). I was hoping to avoid that because I really wanted to see the res -- just because I think it looks nice. Maybe I'll have to reconsider.

 

I'm going to try to include a picture with this reply so that others might see what I probably poorly explained above. The green line is the end of the GPU (again, around 2 inches from there to the front fans) and the white box at the top is where another fan will go.

 

Please don't get too offended by the mess of cables -- it was built last week knowing I'd be taking it apart and starting over this coming weekend with the water cooling :)

 

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Thanks, GregX! Those are both really helpful. The second link looks like a different situation -- appears his GPU is much shorter and makes it relatively easy to fit the res/pump.

 

The first one, however, looks like my situation almost exactly. What I can't tell though, from the picture or the reddit discussion, is how the res/pump is physically attached to the case or fans (or something else...) in that positioning. Doesn't look like the bracket would line up with the screw holes on the back of a fan.

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Update: I took the XD5 res/pump out of the box. Holding the res/pump on top of the mounting bracket and just holding it in place where I think it will go, it looks like it will work!

 

Definitely won't fit (not enough vertical room) with the GPU horizontal.

 

With the GPU vertical, however, it looks like it will fit just fine.

 

Fingers crossed it goes okay this weekend. I'll post a picture when done!

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Hi, here my setup hope it help. Evga Rtx 2080 ti ftw hydro copper and 2 x 280mm slim and 1 120slim and it work pretty well with vertical gpu and pump screwed on the bottom fan.

 

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