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Decided to order 3 more AP15's to replace the Swiftech Helix fans.
I noticed the paint on one was less than desirable and decided to take some off with a dremel and wire brush attachment. This did not work out well. rolleyes.gif So I decided to just go ahead and make it all AP15's since two of the case fans were already such, with only 3 fans being Swiftech. The Swiftech were a little noisy anyway compared to the Scythes.


Yeah, I was contemplating going with all AP-15's myself, but those NB eLoops are sexy! I plan to use them for my front intake/rear exhaust case fans (at least so far that is what I am thinking), and AP-15's for rad fans. If the high performance versions of the eLoops didn't produce a god awful whining noise when in pull position, I might have went with all NB eLoops. Good to know about the Helix's though, I was thinking of even trying them out since they are cheaper and already the color I wanted.
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OK got the parts to change over the pedestal to the new design. On a quick look not much has changed, that is the overall appearance is not different. The changeover parts Kevin sent consisted of new end pieces, and a very slightly different flex bay cover, different in that the mounting hardware has been shifted slightly, I imagine so that the pedestal can be stacked on top the case without interference.
The end plates now have pins at the midway point down the sides, this is to receive the new radiator mounts. Now the radiators can be mounted directly from the side instead from within the pedestal as before.

Kevin also sent new 120.4 radiator mounts. The offset has been increased slightly, and a hole on the ends to accept the pins on the new end plates of the pedestal.

So that's the quick look, I will get into it more later as I have only mounted one radiator so far. In the morning I will be drilling a hole in the bottom plate to accept a pass through fitting, as I will be changing my drain setup to a valve outside but secured to the pedestal. This will replace my current method of having to open the flex bay and drag a hose/valve out to drain the rig.

One thing that people with 480mm radiators might still encounter is the inability to secure the flex bay cover from the inside as they normally mount. There is basically no way around this with the standard flex bay cover as the pedestal is only slightly longer than 480mm radiators. As a reminder, I'm using the Alphacool UT60 480mm radiators which also have the extra ports. Since I don't have any other type of 480mm I can only speak to what I see with these.
What I have been doing is threading a few screws into the flex bay cover to match the holes in the front of the pedestal, and then placing the cover up against the pedestal, then attaching the pedestal front cover over that.

So no radical changes, just what appears to be well thought out but minimal changes that should not impact their manufacturing process too much and yet take a major headache out of installing large radiators.

Later I will get everything set to fully assemble and get some more pics.

Here you can see the new pins midway down the side of the end plates ready to accept the new radiator mounts.


Here is the view with the 120.4 mount in place. Besides a slotted hole that fits over the pin, there is also a hole on either side ready to accept the thumbscrews to secure to the pedestal. The pedestal itself has threaded holes.
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Finally!

Nice, How did you take them apart? I've thought about doing mine some type of combo or red white black.
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Apparently someone in Puerto Rico already has two pedestals on an SM8. doh.gif Guess there's not much point in my posting anything else about it. Just go and buy one if you want it.
I'm trying to get another one and a platform, not really sure what is going on at this point.
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Good news, new pedestal shipping today. biggrin.gif

I punched a hole in the pedestal bottom for the new drain, and installed a Bitspower pass through fitting:



The two middle holes are already there from the factory and could provide a pass-through area for tubing/wiring.

Largest drill I have is 1/2", and all my hole saws are bigger so I drilled 1/2" then made a bunch of small cuts with a jigsaw, then cleaned it up with a round file.
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So you are going double pedestal now? Nice. The other guy only watercooled his cpu and ram... so hopefully you will use your rad space (not like you need anymore rad space 2x 480's can cool pretty much anything.)
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So you are going double pedestal now? Nice. The other guy only watercooled his cpu and ram... so hopefully you will use your rad space (not like you need anymore rad space 2x 480's can cool pretty much anything.)
No, I don't. I will be installing drives and other things, though.
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Nice, How did you take them apart? I've thought about doing mine some type of combo or red white black.

He took the fans apart in an oversized baggie - so as not to lose the small clips and other parts. Its in the thread a few pages back.

@ Mandrix - keep on bringing those detailed BIG pix - you still lead the way AFAIAC thumb.gif
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Hello
can you tell me the method that you painted your fans and what you used for it:thumb:
thanks
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Finally!


B E A Utilful! The color combo works great together and the blue makes me think of some of the classic 1950's showroom car paint jobs biggrin.gif
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