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[Build Log] NZXT Switch 810 420

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I received my refurbished Switch 810 this past week. I thought I might share my progress. I decided to go with a 420 radiator in the top and a 240 in the bottom. After seeing the exceptional results MartinsLiquidLab got with Alphacool rads, I opted for an Alphacool XT45 420 and UT60 240, using NZXT FN120 and 140 fans.
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I had originally planned to run the fans in push/pull, but the 140's make an obnoxious whining noise when they are push mounted. The sound isn't super loud, but it's definitely noticeable. The 120's are fantastically quiet though. So far, I have personally used XSPC 1650rpm, Gentle Typhoon 1850, Thermalright X-Silent, NZXT FN120/140, and NZXT FZ120/140 fans. The NZXT FN's are by far my favorite for low noise, so much so, that I probably will not bother with a fan controller for this build.

I figure everyone's seen a white Switch 810 unboxing by now, so I'll skip those pictures(especially since I forgot to bring my camera to work with me before I tore the case to pieces.) I was not satisfied leaving the top of the case alone. The Alphacool 420 uses 15mm fan spacing, and I think the multi-option rad mount in the top of the case is a bit of a compromise anyways. Using a 360 is fine, but the 360 mount blocks a good portion of the extra surface area for a 420(kinda making an unmodded 420 pointless IMO).

The top of my case met with my Matco air-powered cut-off wheel, a dremel, and a battery drill. I'm in the process of freeing up the airflow and grinding all the protrusions from the rad mounting area(I plan to use a 5mm thick neoprene radiator gasket) This is as far as I got after work before I left.
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There's still a little cutting left, and some holes need drilled. More to come tomorrow.
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Subb'd, building a Switch 810 hopefully soon, albeit air cooled. I look forward to seeing the finished product!
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i7 3770k Asrock Z77 Extreme6 Corsair Dominator Platinum Samsung 840 Pro 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD 10EZEX  LG Burner + LiteScribe Lite-On iHas124-C H100i 
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Windows 7 Home Acer A231H Logitech G110 Corsair AX750 
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NZXT Switch 810 Logitech G500 
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small update:

I finally found time to finish trimming the extra bits of unwanted material from the top radiator support and drill the remaining mounting holes. Afterwards, I discovered that my 15mm fan spacing radiator gasket measures 20mm in real life, which necessitated some trimming. Not a huge issue, as the adhesive backing is very strong. It stays in place nicely.
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I was pretty disappointed with the build quality of the radiators I received. Only one side of the 420 has usable mounting holes. The other side is misaligned by a solid 3mm in places...none of the holes line up with anything. You can actually see some of the questionable build quality on the picture above. The mounting holes are lined up, but if you look closely at the left end of the rad, you can see a difference in gap of about 1.5mm. I also had to run a tap through all the mounting holes because the couple screws I tried would not go in with any reasonable amount of force. I really hope these things don't leak.
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Still in pieces. I had just got the 240 mocked up before I was run out of the shop for the night. The paint should be fully dry on the top tomorrow, so I can start reassembling and mount the fans.
Edited by Mandroid - 7/10/12 at 6:40pm
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Those are some mighty big radiators you've got there!
post #5 of 5
Is very Cool idear with Cut :-) Thx
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