Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Builds & Case Mods › Case Mods › Case Mod Work Logs › [BUILD LOG] Fractal Arc Midi - Monochrome Theme - Dual 120 Radiator's - New GFX!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

[BUILD LOG] Fractal Arc Midi - Monochrome Theme - Dual 120 Radiator's - New GFX!

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
So I'm growing somewhat tired of perching on top of a pair of full tower cases and a UPS. In a bid to save my posture I've been eying up the smaller ARC Midi which could fit on my desk =)

I'm intending on a dual 120 radiator build which should fit with a little Dremel work + I've seen at least one other dual rad build in an Arc Midi so I'm pretty confident wink.gif

First off though some new tools are required as my three screwdrivers, one spanner and a hammer probably aren't going to cut it this time. A quick trip to B&Q sorted me out with a dremel some spare cutting disks an 18v Hammer Drill and a set of files. thumb.gif


Step 1 was to remove the HDD cage's as I'll be mounting 2.5" disks elsewhere within the case and needed the space for rad's pumps etc.

450

I left a portion of the support on the left hand side to help reduce pump vibrations there's now plenty of room in the base to accommodate the radiator width.

I used the part of the cage I’d just cut out to provide a more sturdy looking base for the pump shelf, this also conveniently covered up the rough cut edge.

450

More to follow soon!

Cheers then,
Dphi
post #2 of 25
Do you like the case so far? Almost want to get one.
My System
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Ryzen 5 1600 Asrock B350 Fatal1ty ITX Asus GTX1060 G.Skill 8gb 3000mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250gb Samsung 850 Pro SATA LG DVD Burner Windows 10 Pro X64 23" Asus 144hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 EVGA 500w Gold EVGA Hadron Air Logitech G Pro 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Ryzen 5 1600 Asrock B350 Fatal1ty ITX Asus GTX1060 G.Skill 8gb 3000mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250gb Samsung 850 Pro SATA LG DVD Burner Windows 10 Pro X64 23" Asus 144hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 EVGA 500w Gold EVGA Hadron Air Logitech G Pro 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
Yea really like it so far. Was a bit disappointed that the front panel was plastic as in the official photos it looks like brushed alu.
post #4 of 25
Thread Starter 
Here's a bit more progress and pic's as promised!

Cut away a portion of the base and drilled holes to allow airflow and mounting for the radiator. Conveniently there's already grilling for a 140mm fan so only a small amount of cutting work was required to extend this to 240mm.

I choose the Phoyba G Changer radiator as I like the logo and they also come with 4 G1/4 sockets which allowed me to fit low profile temp probes directly rather than inline on the tubing. To attach it to the case I mounted it along with the fans to a 240mm grill, I then bolted the whole assembaly to the case.

Using this arrangement does restrict your choice in PSU any extend length models aren’t going to fit. I placed my PSU in when I was lineing up the radiator mounting holes and I dont recon there was more than about 5mm clearance between the Radiator and PSU and even then I needed to align the modular plugs to sit between the radiator inlet/outlet. If needed you could remove the lower front 140mm fan and slide the Rad a little further forward.

450

I mounted the pump (Aquastream XT Ultra), to the shelf using an antivibration pad. The M3 bolts go down through the whole shelf assembaly and hold everything in place.

450

450

Also some other bits arrived and I got a bit carried away with the camera (dont worry no home porn, totally safe for work)...

Reservoir

450

450

653

The reservoir is an Aquacomputer Aquaduct in black, I have to admit I was really surprised by the quality, its outstanding, the entire structure is machined from a single lump of metal the only plastic on this is the Perspex lid and o-ring. I opted for the G1/4 inch version which is equipped with a total of six ports, three on the base and three on the side. Currently I have a temp probe, the Aquacomputer RGD lighting module which can change colour based on water temp and an Aquatube for the nice visual effect.


Aquaero

450

450

More to follow soon!

Cheers then,
Dphi
post #5 of 25
looking good. what are you going to be watercooling in your computer? Sub'd
Darth FADEr
(16 items)
 
Work Rig
(18 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5 3570k SABERTOOTH P67 Radeon HD 6870 Radeon HD 6870 
RAMRAMRAMRAM
G.SKILL G.SKILL G.SKILL G.SKILL 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
Seagate Barracuda  Patriot Pyro SSD Patriot Pyro SSD Windows 7 Home Premium 
MonitorMonitorPowerCase
Samsung T220 Samsung T220 Seasonic X750 Modded HAF 932 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon 5160 0MY171 NVIDIA Quadro 4000 Hyundai Electronics  
RAMRAMRAMRAM
Samsung  Hyundai Electronics  Samsung  Hyundai Electronics  
RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
Hyundai Electronics  Fujitsu Enterprise 15,000 RPM Windows XP Home Premium Dell U2411 
MonitorKeyboardCaseMouse
ViewSonic 22 inch display Standard Dell Keyboard Dell Precision Server Case Standard 
Mouse PadAudio
Staubli Robotics Freebee Stereo Headphones only 
  hide details  
Reply
Darth FADEr
(16 items)
 
Work Rig
(18 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5 3570k SABERTOOTH P67 Radeon HD 6870 Radeon HD 6870 
RAMRAMRAMRAM
G.SKILL G.SKILL G.SKILL G.SKILL 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
Seagate Barracuda  Patriot Pyro SSD Patriot Pyro SSD Windows 7 Home Premium 
MonitorMonitorPowerCase
Samsung T220 Samsung T220 Seasonic X750 Modded HAF 932 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon 5160 0MY171 NVIDIA Quadro 4000 Hyundai Electronics  
RAMRAMRAMRAM
Samsung  Hyundai Electronics  Samsung  Hyundai Electronics  
RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
Hyundai Electronics  Fujitsu Enterprise 15,000 RPM Windows XP Home Premium Dell U2411 
MonitorKeyboardCaseMouse
ViewSonic 22 inch display Standard Dell Keyboard Dell Precision Server Case Standard 
Mouse PadAudio
Staubli Robotics Freebee Stereo Headphones only 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the Sub, atm its just going to be CPU as my current GFX card has a non-standard PCB layout and I'm not really a fan of universal blocks. When I upgrade my card next I'll get a full cover block.
post #7 of 25
Makes sense. what graphics card you got that is so different?
Darth FADEr
(16 items)
 
Work Rig
(18 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5 3570k SABERTOOTH P67 Radeon HD 6870 Radeon HD 6870 
RAMRAMRAMRAM
G.SKILL G.SKILL G.SKILL G.SKILL 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
Seagate Barracuda  Patriot Pyro SSD Patriot Pyro SSD Windows 7 Home Premium 
MonitorMonitorPowerCase
Samsung T220 Samsung T220 Seasonic X750 Modded HAF 932 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon 5160 0MY171 NVIDIA Quadro 4000 Hyundai Electronics  
RAMRAMRAMRAM
Samsung  Hyundai Electronics  Samsung  Hyundai Electronics  
RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
Hyundai Electronics  Fujitsu Enterprise 15,000 RPM Windows XP Home Premium Dell U2411 
MonitorKeyboardCaseMouse
ViewSonic 22 inch display Standard Dell Keyboard Dell Precision Server Case Standard 
Mouse PadAudio
Staubli Robotics Freebee Stereo Headphones only 
  hide details  
Reply
Darth FADEr
(16 items)
 
Work Rig
(18 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5 3570k SABERTOOTH P67 Radeon HD 6870 Radeon HD 6870 
RAMRAMRAMRAM
G.SKILL G.SKILL G.SKILL G.SKILL 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
Seagate Barracuda  Patriot Pyro SSD Patriot Pyro SSD Windows 7 Home Premium 
MonitorMonitorPowerCase
Samsung T220 Samsung T220 Seasonic X750 Modded HAF 932 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon 5160 0MY171 NVIDIA Quadro 4000 Hyundai Electronics  
RAMRAMRAMRAM
Samsung  Hyundai Electronics  Samsung  Hyundai Electronics  
RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
Hyundai Electronics  Fujitsu Enterprise 15,000 RPM Windows XP Home Premium Dell U2411 
MonitorKeyboardCaseMouse
ViewSonic 22 inch display Standard Dell Keyboard Dell Precision Server Case Standard 
Mouse PadAudio
Staubli Robotics Freebee Stereo Headphones only 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 25
Thread Starter 
I have a Sapphire HD 6950 Flex, it's got a really weird layout...
post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

Managed to get some more done!

As the only device going in the 5.25” bays was the Aquaero 5 Pro I had space to top mount the Aquaduct. Helpfully dead centre above the 5.25” bays is a grill to mount a 120mm fan; this was easily cut away as well as a section of the top mesh and filter to slot the reservoir in. The Aquaduct mounting plate nicely covers any rough edges. It is slightly wonky atm I'll fix that soon smile.gif

450

653

I did have to switch the temp probe to the side and add a second 90 degree compression fitting as the reservoir mounting plate would have had to be mounted back to front in order to get the 3 G/14 side fittings to be pointing backwards into the case. Didn't use Bitspower fittings for these as they wont be visible smile.gif

Fitted the Aquaero PRO and swapped the front plate for the optional black one. Used the Poweradjust mounting plate to fill the second 5.25” bay. I don't have any Poweradjusts this was purely for aesthetics as I didn't want to use the stock mounting plates and I like the Aquacomputer logo smile.gif

450

653

Cheers + Happy Bank Holiday!

Dphi
post #10 of 25
Awesome work so far thumb.gif
I love Fratal Arc cases, this is my case if you allow
http://www.overclock.net/t/838683/fractal-design-case-club/2130
arcspark
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 2600K OC @ 4.5  ASRock Extreme 4 Gen 3 Gigabyte GTX 980Ti Windforce Xtreme Gaming  8Gb Corsair Vengeance LP 1600  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
WD Caviar Black Thermalright VenomousX Black + 2 GT-AP14 (Push/... Microsoft Windows 7 X64 SP1 LG 24GM77 144Hz 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX750 Fractal Design Arc Midi MIONIX Avior 7000 Steelseries QcK mass 
  hide details  
Reply
arcspark
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 2600K OC @ 4.5  ASRock Extreme 4 Gen 3 Gigabyte GTX 980Ti Windforce Xtreme Gaming  8Gb Corsair Vengeance LP 1600  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
WD Caviar Black Thermalright VenomousX Black + 2 GT-AP14 (Push/... Microsoft Windows 7 X64 SP1 LG 24GM77 144Hz 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX750 Fractal Design Arc Midi MIONIX Avior 7000 Steelseries QcK mass 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Case Mod Work Logs
Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Builds & Case Mods › Case Mods › Case Mod Work Logs › [BUILD LOG] Fractal Arc Midi - Monochrome Theme - Dual 120 Radiator's - New GFX!