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My waterblock will be here soon... best way to set up my loop?

#1WyzeGyePosted 12/9/2013 5:29:27 PM(edited)
I'm only going to be putting my GPU in this loop as I already have the CLC on my CPU.

This is what it looks like right now.

http://i.imgur.com/ie65QcD.jpg

I found somebody else on pcpartpicker that successfully cut his case to make the 2x120mm rad fit at the top, so I'm going to do that, he'll be sending me more detailed pics in a couple of days.

http://i.imgur.com/yskR6kP.jpg

I'll be cutting out the bottom hard drive cage and attaching the 120mm rad for the loop there and putting my removable center cage back in for my hard drives... if it will fit.

Is that my best plan of attack? I've considered mounting the radiator externally, and I've also considered mounting the pump, res and rad outside the case.


Anybody had any experience with the latter 2 ideas? Is a radiator box really necessary as long as it's not touched often?
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#2Mogu_MoguPosted 12/9/2013 5:41:12 PM
I've done a number of water loops for customers but never one for myself. And while I wouldn't consider myself a pro at it or anything I will try and give some opinions.

Each water setup always runs into its own set of problems and you actually need to measure and order parts out and then hope it all fits together in the end. When it doesn't, you gotta order more parts and wait more. lol

From the looks of it, I would cut two holes at the top and mount the radiator push/pull style to the top with the two tubes going out. Since you already mentioned you wanted a 120 rad in the front.You can stuff the HDD into the 5.25" bays and cut out a segment to let the wires through from the left side of the case if you need to.

Have you considered cutting out the 5.25" bay and then mounting the radiator there instead and still having a fan for the HDD cage and leaving the HDD cage at the bottom there?

I would also put the reservoir right at the bottom next to the HDD cage right now and try to loop it pumping up and then through the radiators and coming back down into it. Putting it outside would probably complicate things a lot more. Either next to the HDD cage if you leave them, or next to the radiator there if you cut the HDD cage out.

Is this a steel case? After working with steel and aluminum frames for custom water loops, I will say 100% that I would never want to do work with a steel case again if I need to modify anything. Aluminum is just so much nicer and easier to work with.

If you're drilling stuff on the steel case, I will recommend that you actually spend some money and get cobalt drills. If not, depending on the case, you might be in for a bad time.
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#3WyzeGye(Topic Creator)Posted 12/9/2013 6:20:20 PM
I just pulled the side off my computer and Ill actually be able to fit the rad as shown in the picture below

http://i.imgur.com/CQPLngF.png

black lines are hoses, and the arrow shows direction of flow.

Anything anybody thinks i should do differently?
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#4Xeeh_BitzPosted 12/9/2013 6:25:27 PM
WyzeGye posted...
I just pulled the side off my computer and Ill actually be able to fit the rad as shown in the picture below

http://i.imgur.com/CQPLngF.png

black lines are hoses, and the arrow shows direction of flow.

Anything anybody thinks i should do differently?


Looks like Minecraft
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#5WyzeGye(Topic Creator)Posted 12/9/2013 6:30:13 PM
I would have done a full 3d mockup, but wouldnt you know it, I forgot how to use 3dsmax
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#6MasterDonGeroPosted 12/9/2013 6:49:51 PM
Easiest thing would be to get a new case entirely, but I'm sure you've thought of that already.
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#7WyzeGye(Topic Creator)Posted 12/9/2013 6:54:19 PM
Yeah, i'm not in a rush to replace my case. though I do know for next time to get a full size case.
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#8WyzeGye(Topic Creator)Posted 12/10/2013 2:08:33 AM(edited)
Any difference to my loop? is there something I should be doing differently? Bumping this for the night crowd. Then i'll let it die.


http://i.imgur.com/CQPLngF.png


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#9WyzeGye(Topic Creator)Posted 12/10/2013 1:52:30 PM(edited)
I lied... one last bump


is it a no no to have the radiator in between the res and pump? by running it like 'res, rad, pump, GPU, res' i mean.
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