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you do realize the thread you linked to for the Enzotech Sapphire was 2 years old and newer blocks have come out
I looked at the other threads and tried to put the measurements together based on common items and ordering. They don't always "match" well which makes me think that they are all good and about the same range of cooling performance and YMMV.

But I can't agonize over it forever.
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thats what i was thinking... retro build maybe?
What would you suggest instead? If it's really better, maybe I can change the order.
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post #13 of 49
you have the koolance 370 , xspc raystorm or ek supreme hf and swiftech have just released swiftech apogee HD to name but a few
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What would you suggest instead? If it's really better, maybe I can change the order.
xspc raystorm its new and seems to have the best flow on the market for today.
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post #16 of 49
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thats what i was thinking... retro build maybe?

I don't care for socket-specific parts. My current block has been used in 3 separate builds, both Intel and AMD.
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post #17 of 49
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Today I got my first shipment of parts in, including the Silentstar drive enclosure. I'll have to post a review about that… I spent a long time trying to get a spare drive into it. And then, upon trying to fit it into the case, I find all the little "ears" in the way. This case does not like n-up devices at all, as it has little ears at every position. Their own 4-in-3 HDD mounts are made to work with that. Any "solid" brick that spans more than one half-height unit will find them in the way. I'll try bending with pliers first, as it won't leave any debris like cutting them off would.

I also bought, locally, some other items: Some thin plastic made for drawing overlays that I'll use to block the extra holes in the top around the fans, some clear silicone that I'll use to make non-vibration mounts and a good seal for the fans, and some black spray paint for the DVD and any other parts I'll need to make match.

Before I install the radiator, I'll need to obtain machine screws of the desired length, and some tubes to use as spacers. Hopefully I can work around my busy schedule and get that so I can build this weekend.

All the other W/C loot is coming tomorrow, from three other stores.

—John
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I got most of the parts in today, but the Koolance order was not delivered because they marked it as "adult signature required" and my wife didn't answer the door fast enough for the UPS driver. So, hopefully I'll get the rest Monday.

Here I ran a bead of silicone along the edge of the fans, so it will be soft against the inside top of the case where they are mounted. I considered making a "mold" of sorts with tape and cardboard to make a precision gasket, but after seeing the narrow edge of the fan decided to just free-hand it. If there are any bumps I can trim with a razor.

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Here is the case top, with a plastic template to show where the radiator and fans fit. I highlighted the holes of interest on the picture since it doesn't show up well over the black.

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You'll see that the radiator holes don't line up with the provided 140mm fan spacing, but are 5mm away. The radiator put 20mm between adjecent fan positions, and the case only 15.

Because of the fan design (not square!) I need different holes for the fans. They don't line up with the 120mm fan spacing holes either, in any manner whatsoever. If I line up with a vent hole on one side, the other is not. So, I'll use thin screws to reach through both case and fan without being lined up exactly, with washers if necessary. Hopefully what I have on hand will do the trick.

—John
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Yesterday I installed the fans, which was an adventure in itself. Here is a photo of the top of the case now:

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If you look in the lower-left corner, you can most easily see that there is a sheet of transparent plastic between the fans and the case top, that masks off the vent holes that are not over the fans. This is necessary because the fan's mountings are "minimal" not a full square.

This had to be cut precisely to match the actual positions of the fans, and lined up exactly below the case top. Here is how I accomplished that. First, I had taped a piece of plastic on top of the case, which I drew on to mark mounting locations and which holes were of interest. You can see that in an earlier shot where I point out that the desired holes don't line up with any existing holes. I used a pointy X-Acto knife to cut crosses through the holes that would be used for the fans. Then I put long #6 screws through the bottom of the case in those positions. As it turns out, the plastic grabbed the screw nicely so it stayed put! That was not a planned effect, but was very handy.

I used #6 screws, which are thinner than the normal fan mounting holes, to give a little tolerance in the holes not lining up exactly. A screw through a hex hole that overlaps the fan's mounting hole overlapped enough to get the screw through with a little pushing on the plastic frame. My idea was that such near-miss holes would be used with long through bolts to hold the fan.

I set the fans over the screws, so the screws held the fans exactly where they would be mounted, only on the wrong side of the case. I put the cut plastic that would be my mask over that. I first poked holes in that piece over the mounting holes, and added a couple screws from this side to pin it in place. Now the plastic was held in perfect registration with the mounted fans positions.

In this photo, you can see blue lines where I starting tracing the middle fan.

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After tracing, I unpinned the plastic and cut out the three fan holes. But, I retained plastic where the screws would go, as I would use this to re-register it when I put it below the case top. I put screws through the case holes again, this time from the top, and lined them up with the pricks on the mask. Then I taped the mask along the edges. I also sealed up vent holes on the other faces of the case, in particular where a power supply might have been mounted.

As it turns out, I didn't have #6 screws and nuts that would work. There's no room for a nut if I go through just one side of the fan, so I need a screw longer than 1 inch to go through both surfaces. I didn't have the right nuts anyway. So I went ahead with what I had. The center fan fit in the provided mounting holes, so I used normal plastic-tapping screws that come with many fans. I thought I might be able to use them for some of the holes in the others, and add bolts later after shopping. But, as it turns out, that plastic frame is flexible enough that I was able to drag the hole a millimeter or two and get the normal screws to hold just fine!

I ran it to make sure nothing was binding and that it all worked. At the lowest speed, through medium, it is indeed inaudible. However, I can feel a throbbing if I touch the metal. I hope that doesn't add up to more vibration.

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Before fabricating the mounting brackets for the reservoir, I had to clean the garage enough to use my work bench. Who says there's nothing in modding for the wife? smile.gif

Please feel free to post messages or PM's of encouragement. This thread is rather weak compared to those from some of the flashy gaming rigs.
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