Workshop: build water cooling into a mini-ITX gaming PC

How do you create a powerful yet compact and water-cooled gaming PC?



Building a small, yet powerful PC has become easier in recent years, especially with the Mini-ITX form factor. At Hardware.Info we enjoy exploring boundaries, so we added water cooling with two radiators to a Mini-ITX system to find out how well that works. Here is how you do it.

Bouw een Mini-ITX systeem met twee radiatoren


Shopping list Mini-ITX with water coolingA compact gaming system with water cooling fits nicely in a Mini-ITX chassis. The Bitfenix Prodigy is perhaps not the smallest mini-ITX chassis out there, but we did manage to squeeze in a lot:

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Lots of extra components were used in this system.

Test it first

Before you start assembling your water cooling setup, it's always a good idea to check each component for leaks. To do this, first assemble the water cooling system without connecting it to the CPU or graphics card. Fill the circuit with distilled water, and look closely to see whether any water comes out.

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