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Haf X using SR1 420 and Phobya 200mm RAD mod with images and install information

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I"ll be re-posting step by step build information for some of you who have requested the setup.  This should be back up within a few days.

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Glad to see you on this forum and not that other one. biggrin.gif
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:-).  Did you view those other images and answers I gave to you before I deleted my comments?  I'll try to have everything back up by this evening.

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waiting for pictures.
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Nah I never got a chance they were gone before I could
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Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Seagate 750gb EK csq Gpu blocks Copper Ek Supremecy CPU block Copper EK MIVE Block Copper 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Magicool 360mm Rad Phobya 200mm Rad BitsPower 270mm Res Clear Acrylic Primochill Advance lrt Onyx Black Tubing 
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Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Seagate 750gb EK csq Gpu blocks Copper Ek Supremecy CPU block Copper EK MIVE Block Copper 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Magicool 360mm Rad Phobya 200mm Rad BitsPower 270mm Res Clear Acrylic Primochill Advance lrt Onyx Black Tubing 
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I'm creating a writeup for folks who I've seen question whether/how or if a 420 rad can fit inside of a Haf x case. Before purchasing this case, I've done a bit of my own searching and noticed no one had a definitive answer...what would fit and how.

I'm taking images as the build progresses so others can view how its done...and how I did it. There are other more suitable cases already on the market but for the cost of these cases I picked up (149.99 shipped on BF) it was a deal I could not pass up.

I don't mind modifying components, I mean, building a computer, that to me is part of it...not just slapping in components and calling it "yours".

The 420 rad that I chose made a bit more work vs. say a thermochill-pa140-3 as radiator thickness(if I chose the pa140) was an issue with my board and fans hitting the digital heatsink. Using the SR1 420, for some odd reason (though knew this in advanced), they made it slightly wider than a 5.25" bay (by about 6mm) which from an engineering and saleability aspect is a poor choice. The reason it was chosen though was it met my thickness requirements.

 

All rads use a push/pull configuration.  This allows the fans to be turned down to keep noise at a minimum yet still allow good flow characteristics through the radiator.

For the watercooled setup, some of my important components are:

ASUS P8z68 Deluxe Gen3
Koolance CPU/580 waterblock
SR1 420 rad
Phobya Xtreme 200mm rad
EK-Multioption Reservoir Advanced 250mm
Swiftech MCP655
4 200mm Coolermaster fans
4 140mm XLF series Xigmatek fans

Before-After-Top.jpg
This is the top of the case before and after.

For others attempting this, you don't have to tig weld the tabs as I have, you could easily cut 6 tabs and pop rivet them to the top of the case. That would also look nice. It would be very simple to do. For the metal, I used an old case front.

You really can't see any of this work anyways...the fans mount on the tabs as well as the grill goes over the top.

On a side note, to create the top pattern was VERY easy. All I did was took paper, laid it across the top of the radiator and used pencil lead and rubbed it over the top...which created an exact traced template.

I have to say, everything is fitting in perfectly. I'm very happy with this case and what little I needed to do to make it work with my two large heat exchangers.

This is how I modified the 5.25" drivebay. It's all still a pretty basic modification. Once you take the rivets out, pop out the bay...Cutting any part of the 5.25" bay simple now.

525Drive-Bay.jpg525cutout.jpg


Edited by betatester1 - 2/29/12 at 3:50pm
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Here's a few views of the rads installed.  Notice The cutout on the 5.25" bay for the Phobya 200mm rad.  Also, there is a custom fan shroud made for the intake Phobya fan.  Air flow direction for both rads are directed into the case using room ambient temperatures to cool the water.

 

All rads are insulated with vibration isolators and sealed using 3/8" foam window sealant.  The Phobya has foam sealant on the top and bottom of the rad where it would touch the case.  This further isolates fan and water flow vibration/noise from transferring onto the case.

 

NOTICE THE CUTOUT AROUND THE CPU OPENING.  WITH SOME MOTHERBOARDS, THIS MOD IS NEEDED OR YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MOUNT THE COOLER WITH THE MOTHERBOARD INSTALLED.  TWO MOUNTING SCREWS WILL BE BLOCKED BY THE CASE!!!!

 

Top-Rad.jpgSideFanPhobya.jpg200mmFanInstalled.jpg

 

Here are the brackets which hold the Phobya rad in place.

Brackets.jpg


Edited by betatester1 - 2/29/12 at 5:06pm
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Below is the hard drive tower modified to allow tubing to pass through. 

Hard-Drive-Tower.jpg

 

Below is the hard drive tower installed.  Note, with this configuration, a NVidia 580 WILL clear if SLI was considered.  The GPU card will clear it by ~1/4".  An ATI card will not work with the hard drive tower configured.  You COULD use two 200x20mm fans in push/pull surrounding the Phobya rad for the ATI (or not use the hard drive tower at all moving your HD to your 5.25" bay.

Hard-DriveTower-installed.jpg

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More to come shortly.

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Here's the switchplate and hard drive switch/card reader plate I made.  Four of the switches controls the LED's on the fans as I really don't like them on most of the time.  The last switch actually controls a hard drive which can be switched on/off like a hot swap drive acts when its pulled out of the system.  The switch panel is installed on the empty wasted space where the top rad takes up too much space to be used for anything else.

 

I decided to make the hard drive/card reader into one slot just to preserve as much space as possible for expansion.  The hard drive switch is setup insomuch that I'm running essentially two systems into one.  I'm using two corsair force gt 250 drives as my main drive and a 2tb WD drive as my storage drive (that is the switched drive controlled by the switch panel toggle switch).

 

The way it functions is depending on which position the rotary switch is on, the computer only uses ONE SSD drive so no information is shared between drives.  It is NOT like a dual boot system.  Each operating system is completely separate and and does NOT share information.  The way, one side of the computer is a "play" side, the other a "work" side.

Switches.jpgHardDriveSwitch.jpg

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