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Hey you guys.

I was wondering. Is it a good idea to mount the water cooler radiator outside the PC case?
Reason for this question is, I figured the outside of my case will have lower ambient temperatures then the inside would.
Since my radiator has 2 fans in push pull cant I just mount the entire thing to the outside of my machine? Then just get some longer hoses
to route to the CPU? Seems like that should be possible and maybe even better then having it inside my case.

What do you guys think about this idea? good or bad?

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post #2 of 25
Yes, you can mount external rads. I think it looks hideous but you can. I'm not sure how much of a performance gain you will notice though. Personally, it seems like alot of time/effort ( if there is space in your case for the same sized rad ) for not alot of gain..
post #3 of 25
Mounting a radiator externally is perfectly acceptable. Most people prefer to mount a radiator internally for aesthetic reasons or to keep it from being damaged accidentally, but plenty of people here have externally mounted rads. So I'd say go for it thumb.gif
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post #4 of 25
I don't know that you'll see a lot of performance gains but it should not be a problem. I have my triple rad mounted on the outside of my case on the back using a swiftech radbox works great since it would take a bit of modding to even think about fitting it in my current case. Either way you may see some slight gains but nothing huge.

EDIT: It will also give you more room inside your rig so that's a benefit.
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post #5 of 25
I have an XSPC 120.4 radiator on the back of my haf 932 case. Works great. I did not put it there for performance but because I have a 120.3 inside, 2 pumps, etc. and no more room for radiators. I use a Koolance bracket.

Some use REALLY big radiators or several so like a exterior box like this one: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12653/ex-rad-222/Phobya_Radiator_Housing_Stand_-_Triple_3_x_120mm_4_x_180mm_Bench_Edition_38191.html. There are different sizes to accommodate your needs. Good luck. smile.gif
    
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I have an XSPC 120.4 radiator on the back of my haf 932 case. Works great. I did not put it there for performance but because I have a 120.3 inside, 2 pumps, etc. and no more room for radiators. I use a Koolance bracket.
Some use REALLY big radiators or several so like a exterior box like this one: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12653/ex-rad-222/Phobya_Radiator_Housing_Stand_-_Triple_3_x_120mm_4_x_180mm_Bench_Edition_38191.html. There are different sizes to accommodate your needs. Good luck. smile.gif

That is pretty sick . I like that, might have to make an investment tongue.gif.
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post #7 of 25
I route mine around the side of the desk. I gotta warn ya, the desk is really messy during that pic. biggrin.gif
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post #8 of 25
If the rad fits inside the case, just orientate the fans to intake ( the cooler) air. thumb.gif
post #9 of 25
When done properly aesthetic wise it looks just fine but i have not noticed any performance benefit from doing it -

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I was able to get the rad at the perfect height so the tubing shoots str8 in with no type of bends in the tubing -

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post #10 of 25
Here's my rad on top, I don't think it looks too bad but I did it purely because it would not fit inside

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