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mITX build cooling method change (air to liquid)

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System Name Air Cooled Caselabs BH8
Processor Intel Coffee Lake 8700K @ 4.7
Motherboard MSI Gaming M5
Cooling Noctua D15s, 5x 140mm Noctua Chromax, 1x 120mm Noctua Chromax, 2x 80mm Noctua fans
Memory G. Skill Trident Z RGB series 3200mhz
Video Card(s) ASUS STRIX GTX 1080
Storage Samsung EVO 840 250gb SSD, Samung EVO PRO 256gb SSD, 2 TB WD Black Edition HDD.
Display(s) 24" Asus Gaming ROG 144hz
Case Black Caselabs BH8
Power Supply 850w EVGA SuperNOVA G2 Gold PSU with individually sleeved black cables
Mouse Logitech Wireless G403
Keyboard Corsair Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Software Windows 10
Hey all. So I am finally upgrading my computer at the end of the year. I have a good base and understanding of how to build computers. I built one custom loop five years ago. I recently transitioned to air cooling due to severe algae and corrosive issues (loop ran for five years). I did use biocide, silver kill coils, distilled water, with frequent loop fluid changes. Even with a top end Noctua CPU air cooler the temperatures, in combination with overclocking, are extremely high. Time to change back to liquid! Keep in mind I am starting from scratch, I will need to purchase all the necessary items to have a complete loop.

My case is a Caselabs Mercury S3. I provided a picture below that was retrieved from google images. I have the same 120/140mm fan mount setups.

Would a UNI PUMP Bracket from EK allow me to install an EK-XRES Revo D5 pump on the front radiator. I am really trying to limit the loop tubing length so my theory is if I install the pump/res combo half way up on the front radiator I will have a relatively simple install. Clearance doesn't seem to be an issue with this combo.

Bracket: https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-uni-pump-bracket-120mm-fan-vertical
Pump: https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-xres-140-revo-d5-pwm-incl-pump

The second image I attached shows a similar set up in the case I own. I think this just may work! I don't see the need to mount the pump to the bottom of the case (which can be easily done). That would make for some really lengthy tubing.

Is the EK-XRES Revo D5 pump with integrated reservoir a solid, reliable, and "quiet" combo? I don't know much about pumps. I use to be a loyal swiftech customer but I feel as though EK has really dominated the market within the last few years.

The GPU I intend to buy (VEGA) will be air cooled. This loop is just to cool the CPU so I can get back to the old days of high overclocks!
 

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Joined
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Messages
1,849 (0.37/day)
System Name Air Cooled Caselabs BH8
Processor Intel Coffee Lake 8700K @ 4.7
Motherboard MSI Gaming M5
Cooling Noctua D15s, 5x 140mm Noctua Chromax, 1x 120mm Noctua Chromax, 2x 80mm Noctua fans
Memory G. Skill Trident Z RGB series 3200mhz
Video Card(s) ASUS STRIX GTX 1080
Storage Samsung EVO 840 250gb SSD, Samung EVO PRO 256gb SSD, 2 TB WD Black Edition HDD.
Display(s) 24" Asus Gaming ROG 144hz
Case Black Caselabs BH8
Power Supply 850w EVGA SuperNOVA G2 Gold PSU with individually sleeved black cables
Mouse Logitech Wireless G403
Keyboard Corsair Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Software Windows 10
Anybody? Not really sure where I should mount the pump/res combo and the radiator (280mm). Radiator can be mounted either in the front or top of case.
 
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