Originally Posted by Nic-CM
Oh my... are you sure that other system components will fit? The case has almost turned into a rad box
. I'm more than a little bit curious about how much the side mounted monstrosity will affect the case's center of gravity, but I'll surely be looking forward to see how this all comes together.
Hey Nic, good to hear from you again and I appreciate the sponsors checking in to see how things are going. Always good to see when a Sponsor shows interest by following up with the community it is supporting.
So to curb your curiosity, here's some notes from my head on current plans/issues I'm working through....The External Rad Box Design and Weight Issue
Fact: The radiator with rad enclosure filled will water and eight fans is going to be heavy, approximately 15-16lb heavy. The solution? Our mad-scientist/resident engineer dwood and I got our heads together and knew there would have to be bottom support for the cage itself. The framework to the madness is this:
The side facing you will have one set of 4 fans in a push config. They will be mounted to the frame itself. The radiator and additional set of 4 fans (in pull config) will mount between the side facing you and the back portion and will be bolted in for stability. The four posts going into the side will be drilled and bolted to ensure it is held against the case, while the bottom of the entire closure will be level with the bottom of the PC case and allow for a disbursement of the weight of the unit. The entire design will allow for routing the hoses and connections and will have a top that will slide over it (which will not be shown until fully assembled since that in itself if a work of art).
To remove the side panel, you just need to disconnect the Quick Disconnects going to the external RAD, disconnect the power harness, unscrew the side and it will slide off, completely independent.NZTX RX480 RAD on back
Recently aquired, the RX480 rad was a suprise addition, but one in which I decided to take on. While the addition of another rad outside the case may be not-so-cosmetically appealing to some, the design with using Quick Disconnects allows me three options:
NZXT Sentry LX issue:
- When mounted, the back radiator will be connected with Quick Disconnects for flow inclusion to allow for additional passive or active cooling potential depending on the application.
- When running in passive mode I have the ability to maintain the silence of the system while still having an additional level of heat dissipation. When running in active mode it will have 4 Scythe Ultra Kaze 3000rpm fans mounted on it with a potentiometer controlled setup I am working on, independent of the cooling system within the case.
- If not needed and moving it, the Quick disconnects for both the water line and electrical can be removed. The 1260 external radiator will already have a set of quick disconnects on it, allowing me to easily route the flow going from the 1260 rad to the 480 rad to change to just go from the 1260 rad and back into the case.
The electrical issue and limitation of the Sentry LX touch screen makes it less than ideal when you are powering multiple fans on a single channel. To correct this, a single channel to power 4 of the CoolerMaster Megaflow 200's would require 13.44w draw with 1.12A. A bit out of the range of the Sentry LX. while most would just purchase a 4 or 6 channel controller with 30 watts each, the problem comes in that I do not have any room within the 5.25" bays to add an additional controller. The solution is to come up with something on my own. Currently, I am looking at building my own 3x30w controller capable of either being mounted on a PCI bracket to the back of the case, or working to integrate it within the front (or back) of the case. The 3 channels are: Channel A (4 Kaze 3000's on the RX480), Channel B (Bank 1 of the 200mm fans in push), and Channel C (Bank 2 of the 200mm fans in pull).Edited by halcyon-twin - 8/21/12 at 1:10pm