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"Carbon p180 WC" - Another p180 water cooling mod

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Updated "final" pic:
2011102516171955.jpg

This is my first case mod/water cooling project/build log, so bare with me. This is going to be a multi-phase project. I plan on modding my p180 case i've had for like 4 years to have water cooling inside. I bought a h50 a couple weeks back, and while that's nice, it really just made me want a full kit. My GPU's in SLI had been getting rather hot too in this summer heat, so I decided to add a GPU waterblock to the mix. I was going to mod the h50 to add a GPU waterblock, but decided to just get the XSPC Rasa RS240 kit instead because it was about the same price as the parts I was looking at, and it's real water cooling.

Sorry for crappy pics, I moved recently and haven't found my camera, so I used my cell phone.

PHASE 1 PARTS

Sig rig hardware changed to SB since start, added GTX580, and X-Fi Titanium HD
p180 case
XSPC Rasa 750 RS240 Watercooling kit
Swiftech MCW80 GPU waterblock & gtx470 heatsink


PHASE 2 PARTS
dremel
modder's mesh
acrylic
painter's tape
ruler
Another Rad TBD (360, or thick 240)
Some barbs/fittings/color tubing

PHASE 3 PARTS
spray paint
tape
sleeving

This is what the PC started as:

img20110721011626.jpg

Well at that point I had all ready taken out my old mugen2 and put in the h50.

I took all the parts out:
img20110721161851.jpg

Then I gutted the inside, took out the chamber seperater, the bottom fan/hd cages. I used my cordless drill to take out the rivets. I forgot to take pics of that, but I can probably add one later.

I got the GPU loop installed, and leak tested last night:
img20110722090632.jpg

I mounted the HD's on the bottom, until i figure out something better:
img20110722093345.jpg

That's pretty much where I'm at now. I ran out of money until I get paid again, I wanted to get a dremel and some other tools, but I made do with what I had.

Eventually I want to scrap the h50, get another rad, and use the CPU block, along with the GPU block.

A lot of when this gets done will be based on my budget. I need to buy every tool I want to use, so that all adds up.

I'll try to find my camera when I do PHASE 2 so I can get some better pics.

Thanks to skkhai and his excellent Mizu Refined mod, and others for ideas.

[edit] After leak testing I fired it up to find my the temps on my unlocked PNY gtx465 to be worse than the reference cooler. I took it apart to find the waterblock not making contact with the GPU. Long story short, swiftech has a newer mounting bracket that fixes that issue, and their RMA is sending me the new bracket.

[edit]7/23/2011
I took out the h50, and the mcw80 block, and added the Rasa 750 block to my CPU.
img20110723151623.jpg

[edit]
Update
Edited by anubis1127 - 3/6/12 at 8:19pm
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Glad Swiftech is at least taking care of ya. Yea, guess to fit the rad in there that way you had to remove the whole chamber divider.

Looking good though from before to after, hiding cables looks to be a pain aye.
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Originally Posted by rx7racer;14312401 
Glad Swiftech is at least taking care of ya. Yea, guess to fit the rad in there that way you had to remove the whole chamber divider.

Looking good though from before to after, hiding cables looks to be a pain aye.

Yeah, it always has been a pain with this case. I had grown to hate the divider, so I was looking for an excuse to demo it.

I'm going to sleeve all the wires, and devise a better way to hide them, even if it's just a couple metal brackets to connect to the mobo tray to hide them behind.
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Looking good anubis thumb.gif

For your hard drive, couldn't you drill new holes and revit the old hard drive trays into the bottom there?

About wire management: I just finished mine up and was able to hide almost all of my cables behind my motherboard tray BUT make sure it doesn't cause the side panel to bulge. Too much lateral pressure will cause the plastic clips on the side panel to break off... I had one break on me and I'm trying to epoxy it back on.

Glad Swiftech is taking care of you.
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Originally Posted by skkhai;14313348 
Looking good anubis thumb.gif

For your hard drive, couldn't you drill new holes and revit the old hard drive trays into the bottom there?

Thanks! Yeah, I could, but the cage is kind of bulky for just one HD. I also don't have a rivet fastener. I meant to have a close up of the HD's where I put that text, I should edit that. I drilled 4 holes in the bottom of the case, put the little rubber things from the HD cage, and secured it in from the bottom. The SSD is mounted on the front grill for now. Here's a close up:
img20110722234803.jpg
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Originally Posted by skkhai;14313348 
About wire management: I just finished mine up and was able to hide almost all of my cables behind my motherboard tray BUT make sure it doesn't cause the side panel to bulge. Too much lateral pressure will cause the plastic clips on the side panel to break off... I had one break on me and I'm trying to epoxy it back on.

Nice, looking forward to another update wink.gif I am going to try to get most of the cables back there too, I just may use some of the scrap metal to make a bracket to secure the mobo tray a little.
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Originally Posted by skkhai;14313348 
Glad Swiftech is taking care of you.

Yeah, Gabe was awesome. It's refreshing dealing with a CEO that cares about his customer's happiness. That just made my decision on which rad to buy a little easier. I have to go slim form factor, so I think I'll go with the mcr320-xp.

Cheers.smil3dbd4e4c2e742.gif

[edit] oops i messed that up the first time.
Edited by anubis1127 - 7/22/11 at 9:08pm
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Great start Anubis. Glad to see you got your priorities in order with case mods coming before unpacking drunken.gif. I am curious to know how removing the case divider has effected the structural integrity of the case seeing as the motherboard mount is now only attached at the top and side. I do love how it freed up room for the cable management behind the motherboard though.

Also not familiar with the Rasa kits, but how exactly is that 240 rad mounted to the case. I am wondering if with the case divider removed if any 240 rad could simply be installed in the front with minimal effort given the 2 front case fan openings.

Like the hard drive mounting at the bottom; another suggestion would be up in the 5.25in drive bays with some adapters, although that may just be a waste of money if you don't just happen to have any laying around or a local computer store with them cheep. Then again if you are going where I think you are going with the next rad, you may lose that top 5.25in slot soon enough.

Phase 2 sounds interesting given that list of supplies, can't wait to see what you can do to this case!
    
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Originally Posted by Mr.Sakamoto;14314663 
Great start Anubis. Glad to see you got your priorities in order with case mods coming before unpacking drunken.gif. I am curious to know how removing the case divider has effected the structural integrity of the case seeing as the motherboard mount is now only attached at the top and side. I do love how it freed up room for the cable management behind the motherboard though.

Thanks! I'm fully unpacked, my fiance and I just can't agree upon who lost the camera after the move, haha.

Removing the case divider seems OK structurally, it's not as sturdy before, but with the motherboard on, it feels fine. If I keep my HD down there I might make a bracket to go up from the bottom to the lower left hand corner for a little more structural integrity/cable hiding.
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Originally Posted by Mr.Sakamoto;14314663 
Also not familiar with the Rasa kits, but how exactly is that 240 rad mounted to the case. I am wondering if with the case divider removed if any 240 rad could simply be installed in the front with minimal effort given the 2 front case fan openings.

It came with a bracket to mount it externally, I just used it on the holes for the front 120mm intake, it gave me clearance under the 5.25" drive bay to put the barbs at the top for less hose.

Here's a better pic of that:
img20110723013855.jpg

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr.Sakamoto;14314663 
Like the hard drive mounting at the bottom; another suggestion would be up in the 5.25in drive bays with some adapters, although that may just be a waste of money if you don't just happen to have any laying around or a local computer store with them cheep. Then again if you are going where I think you are going with the next rad, you may lose that top 5.25in slot soon enough.

Yeah, they may remain there, that XSPC kit comes with a 5.25" drive bay res/pump that takes up 2 slots, then my dvd drive, and I will probably be adding the Swiftech MCR320-XP inside, so I won't really have room up there. I may even have to take out the DVD burner.
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Originally Posted by Mr.Sakamoto;14314663 
Phase 2 sounds interesting given that list of supplies, can't wait to see what you can do to this case!

I think I'm going to send in my Swiftech MCW80 to get it upgraded to the MCW82 machine process, it allows for better flow, and with my pump I could use it. In the mean time I decided I am going to scrap the h50, and put in my Rasa CPU block. That's more fun than cooling a GPU anyway.
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Updated OP with new pic of CPU block installed. I just used the same tubing from the GPU block.

CPU block is performing desirably, 66C max on my i7 870 w/ 1.329V @ 4.0Ghz.

[edit] That OC wasn't completely stable, I had to up the vcore a bit, max temp on highest core 71C w/ cpu @ 4.0 Ghz (183x22) w/ 1.341V in CPU-Z.

I am going to add a couple CM R4's I have sitting around to the RS240 rad to see if that helps.
Edited by anubis1127 - 7/24/11 at 12:21pm
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Well my original hope was to get this build done by BF3. A lot has happened to my rig from the time I started this project, and now, and it's still incomplete.

I went from p55 + i7 870 to p67 + 2500k, rather pointless, but I wanted to play with SB. I broke one of my gtx470's, and finally got the PNY one I bought the GPU block and heatsink for installed correctly. I ended up having to make a mounting bracket because the one swiftech sent me came in the mail when I was out of town, and my fiance lost it. After frying my GTX470 setup 1 day into BF3 beta, I was down to a single gtx470, and it wasn't really cutting it, so last week I ordered a GTX580. Hopefully that will do for 1680x1050, I'll see in 4 days.

WC Parts that I've added, MCR320XP, and primochill black tubing. I sent my MCW80 GPU block into swiftech to have them re machine it to the MCW82 specs for improved waterflow. I took out the rs240, and have the MCR320 hooked up right now, just sitting on top of the case. The MCW82 is in the loop currently, but I added the GTX580 this week, and am still using the reference cooler.

I am going to try jumpstart this project and get my rig somewhat completed this weekend before BF3.

I had a really tough time trying to get the MCR320 mounted internally with my p67 asrock extreme4 board, the heatsinks by the CPU kept getting in the way. I may try again, but if I fail, I'll just settle for leaving it on top. I am going to try to get the RS240 mounted flush to the front. I'm going to probably take the reference HS block off GTX580, and slap the MCW82 on there for now. Then try to find some room for a HD cage of some sort.
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