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I know everyone tries to fit their gear into the confines of their case nowadays, but I wanted to build up and out on purpose and really just for the hell of it. I've done radiators hanging off the back and radiators totally inside, but now I'm putting one up top to be seen in all it's glory. This build is not fully thought out and hopefully will come together soon after April 8th (Ivy Bridge release date.) I might put my old MB/CPU into it in the mean time just to check temps, and I might put a 120 rad between the top and bottom drive cages, but we'll see.

Here's a basic list of parts for now:

Corsair Carbide 300R Case
Danger Den Monsoon Reservoir
Laing D5 Pump (in the Monsoon)
Phobya 280 Radiator
XSPC Raystorm CPU Block
4 x Noiseblocker 140mm PK-2 Fans
Bitspower Black Sparkle Fittings
PrimoFlex Pro LRT UV Blue Tubing 7/16" ID - 5/8" OD


I mounted the radiator and fans already to start the build. Originally I wanted to put the push fans underneath the top and have the rest over the case top. After getting the 300R, I don't trust the mesh on top enough to cut two big circles out of it for unimpeded flow from the bottom push fans, while maintaining stability to support the rad itself. Therefore, I'm putting a radiator sandwich on top. Right now I'm waiting on some fittings, fan grills, hose pass-through grommets, and mostly Intel to hurry their arse up and release the damn processor I want, but here are a few pictures of the general idea:

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Edited by losttsol - 2/6/12 at 7:21pm
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I installed 2 x 50mm extenders coming out from the radiator in order to give the tubing some clearance from the back of the case. To get back into the case I'm using 2 x L angle adapters and compression. After looking at this, I think it would look awesome to come back into the case with extenders instead of tubing, but they aren't cheap and I think I've bought enough fittings for now. Maybe add them at a later date. I really like the look of this tubing in normal light. Just gives a little bit of color without being too bright.

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I also put my old D5 pump into the Danger Den Monsoon reservoir. I have to admit, this Monsoon is the nicest piece of watercooling hardware I have ever owned. Just taking it out of the box I was like,"Wow!" You can tell a lot of thought went into making it. I have owned DD gpu blocks and have another acrylic bay res by them. I have always been impressed with their products and this thing is no different. I wanted it mainly because it saves space and I liked how the front bezel looks with the hex bolts. It matches the hex bolts of the 300R. It even boosts performance of the pump itself according to Martin's tests, so that is an even bigger plus. The led lights inside are blue which matches my hose and the led's on the Raystorm.

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Went ahead and put my old motherboard and CPU in, so I could get an idea of how this setup might perform. I am very impressed with the temps coming from a Swiftech 360 rad. I decided I could do without pull fans on top for now. Temps are much better with this block and radiator.

Here's the CPU block. Lights up much more than I thought it would.
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Tubing going through the back of the case now. Still would like extender fittings going back through, but having hose gives a little more ability to pull out the reservoir to fill it.
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The Danger Den Monsoon tucked into it's hole. I really love this res/pump, but wish the LED's were brighter when looking at it from the front.
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When I took off the pull fans, I added this Phobya radgrill. It really looks much better from the top now. Going to buy some short black screws for it instead of these silver ones.
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That's it for now. Still have a while until I put the actual cpu and motherboard that I want into this build. There will be more changes to the case before it is all said and done.
Edited by losttsol - 2/13/12 at 5:46pm
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i was hoping for a real rooftop party frown.gif

sweet water cooling none the less
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Looks sweet! thumb.gif

I have a monsoon and D5 in my build as well. It is indeed gorgeous but I have a very disappointing little bit of pump noise which I didn't hear when I was testing the pump in the default housing. I haven't been sure whether it was a problem with my particular pump, or a consequence of the monsoon's design. How's the sound on yours?
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Absolutely love the color. thumb.gif
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Looks sweet! thumb.gif

I have a monsoon and D5 in my build as well. It is indeed gorgeous but I have a very disappointing little bit of pump noise which I didn't hear when I was testing the pump in the default housing. I haven't been sure whether it was a problem with my particular pump, or a consequence of the monsoon's design. How's the sound on yours?

Ya, I checked out your build a while back. Those copper red fittings are sick. Never had seen those before. I actually went with black sparkle, just because I didn't want black and I didn't want a bright chrome look. They actually look a little more subdued than the pictures show. As for the pump, mine is the non-vario style, but it has always been very quiet and I don't notice any more pump noise even though it is sitting higher in the case and in this res. I've had it for 4 years and thought about replacing it, but I figured don't fix what ain't broken (yet).
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Absolutely love the color. thumb.gif

Pretty basic, but blue and black is the theme with a little UV maybe to come. Got blue RAM on the way. Would love a black mobo with blue slots...c'mon Asus, but haven't seen what they intend to offer with Z77.
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Some light up the inside, but I'm going to light up the outside. I can tuck a 4" UV CCFL in the back of the case under the the lip of the fan housing. You can't see it if you're looking at the side of the case.

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i was hoping for a real rooftop party frown.gif
sweet water cooling none the less

I brought beer D: drunken.gif
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