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Hello! Currently, I have my rad mounted up top of my HAF-922. You can see how it looks currently:

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This is a better shot of how things are arranged up top... but I now have fan shrouds instead of the mounting that came with the rad and the other obvious stuff you see above.

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So I am very simply, looking to flip my rad and have the hoses come down the inside part of the case. I would like to simply know what would be the easiest and simplest way of getting holes there to have the hoses pass through. I own a drill and not much else. So the cheaper the better.

Thanks!

Edit: End result!

So I figure I'd spam my project here and in my other threads. I'm sure it'll be useful to someone. biggrin.gif

The purpose of what I asked in two other threads was in regards to how about getting it done. I looked everywhere for set ups similar to mine in a HAF-922 and found nothing!

So this is what it looked like before, I wanted to switch the hoses of the 360 rad to go down the center, so I could cut down on how much tubing was between everything.
400

Ugly hoses in the back:
400

Where I would be doing the cutting into the case:
400

One issue I saw right away... is the space that was between the fan/rad and the bulge the case has, there is the rubber grommet I would be using to protect the tubing from the sharp edges of the hole:
400

I used a step drill, as was suggested to me in another thread. It is very simple to drill with it. I had the little ledge to deal with, which was kind of a pain, with patience I got through into it:
400

I used a magnet to collect debree that would be coming out the top and then I taped up all of the holes from the top of the case, to not have anything flying into it. I then used a baggy that the new rad came in and taped it to where I was drilling the holes. That way everything would fall inside. It worked perfectly!:

400

Test fitting and making sure the holes line up:
400

Started with the other hole...:
400

Thankfully... my test fitting and measuring ensured that the hoses fit almost perfectly. I did have to cut a few pieces off the bulge of the case where the hoses touch it... so that there would be no contact with them at all. Then the grommet laid flat enough to not interfere with mounting the the top piece.
400

543

400

700

I hope this is useful to someone that may have the same case... or at least get ideas on what this kit can do. I was able to get around 3-4C lower on all temps. GPUs idle at 26C, CPU at 29C. Load temps for both are GPU at 37C and CPU between 57C-60C. Using a 1.45 Vcore.
Edited by Derko1 - 6/22/12 at 9:11am
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post #2 of 7
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Acquire 1inch hole saw and Grommets to fit your OD tubing...

Now my case looks like this in the back

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Empty your case before drilling...duh.

If you have any bad HDD you should strip out a magnet from it like I did to grab the debris.

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Edited by NitroNarcosis - 6/21/12 at 5:26am
post #3 of 7
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Acquire 1inch hole saw and Grommets to fit your OD tubing...
Now my case looks like this in the back
400
Empty your case before drilling...duh.
If you have any bad HDD you should strip out a magnet from it like I did to grab the debris.
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+1 for the magnet!!! thumb.gif
post #4 of 7
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Thank you! Do you think that the holes the case has currently in the rear are 1inch wide also? I could probably use the grommets from there on the new holes. rolleyes.gif

Also, I really wasn't thinking of emptying the case out... what are some things that could go wrong? What could I do to avoid taking everything out? I just mention it, cause if I can save the time, then it'd be much better.
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post #5 of 7
Take a look at the magnet picture above.

Now ask yourself if saving time is worth having all that ***** fall onto your rig and short something out down the road?

In my opinion I would be more comfortable suffering a leak all over my mobo and gpu and giving it ample time to dry over drilling into the top of my case and allowing almost microscopic shards of metal to rain down over all my components and never knowing if I got all of them during clean up.

While dismantling your rig is time consuming and seems like a huge PITA.

This is our hobby, maybe you can take this time to clean your loop?

Not sure how long you have had this going but you are going to have to empty it to get the tubing out of its current configuration anyway.

If you decide to go through with it be sure to post pics. We love pics -_-
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You're right. I will work on it tomorrow morning, I'll post pics.thumb.gif
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post #7 of 7
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So I figure I'd spam my project here and in my other threads. I'm sure it'll be useful to someone. biggrin.gif

The purpose of what I asked in two other threads was in regards to how about getting it done. I looked everywhere for set ups similar to mine in a HAF-922 and found nothing!

So this is what it looked like before, I wanted to switch the hoses of the 360 rad to go down the center, so I could cut down on how much tubing was between everything.
400

Ugly hoses in the back:
400

Where I would be doing the cutting into the case:
400

One issue I saw right away... is the space that was between the fan/rad and the bulge the case has, there is the rubber grommet I would be using to protect the tubing from the sharp edges of the hole:
400

I used a step drill, as was suggested to me in another thread. It is very simple to drill with it. I had the little ledge to deal with, which was kind of a pain, with patience I got through into it:
400

I used a magnet to collect debree that would be coming out the top and then I taped up all of the holes from the top of the case, to not have anything flying into it. I then used a baggy that the new rad came in and taped it to where I was drilling the holes. That way everything would fall inside. It worked perfectly!:

400

Test fitting and making sure the holes line up:
400

Started with the other hole...:
400

Thankfully... my test fitting and measuring ensured that the hoses fit almost perfectly. I did have to cut a few pieces off the bulge of the case where the hoses touch it... so that there would be no contact with them at all. Then the grommet laid flat enough to not interfere with mounting the the top piece.
400

543

400

700

I hope this is useful to someone that may have the same case... or at least get ideas on what this kit can do. I was able to get around 3-4C lower on all temps. GPUs idle at 26C, CPU at 29C. Load temps for both are GPU at 37C and CPU between 57C-60C. Using a 1.45 Vcore.
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