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I built an external rad box, looks pretty good if done well thumb.gif

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post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by Jamster325 View Post

I built an external rad box, looks pretty good if done well thumb.gif
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That looks great. thumb.gif
I think external rads look ugly if mounted on the back ( behind the i/o ports ), they just so out of place. Mounted cleanly on the top/under in a box is fine.
post #13 of 25
On my main rig, I have 3 RX360 radiators with 18 AP-14 fans mounted outside my case. I love it. It let's me move the radiator stand where ever I want ... including punching a hole in the wall, and putting the radiators, fans, pump, and all the heat and noise completely away from my computer.
post #14 of 25
Hi folks, noob here.

I'm just about to build a replacement workstation for my current machine & I want to to liquid cool with an external rad.


The case I'm going to use is a Coolermaster CM Stacker 810 ('cos I have two of them still boxed).


I'm also going to build a frame from steel channel to mount the case (think floor-ceiling rack type thing) which will also accommodate a server, plus anything else I can fit in it.

My idea is to then mount the radiator to the frame so it's easy to access (for cleaning) and leaves plenty of space.


I'm in the UK so not sure how well served we are with rads etc.


Any tips would be really helpful as this will be the first LC set up I've done. smile.gif
post #15 of 25
I've always wondered about mounting a radiator in the window well just outside my basement. It's about 6 feet to the side of my desk and about 5 feet higher than were my cpu is sitting. Could a normal water cooling pump push coolant that far and still get enough circulation to do the job? Would make for some subzero cooling in the upcoming months ( yeah i know about condensation... but i still want to try it smile.gif ) Any thoughts?
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I've always wondered about mounting a radiator in the window well just outside my basement. It's about 6 feet to the side of my desk and about 5 feet higher than were my cpu is sitting. Could a normal water cooling pump push coolant that far and still get enough circulation to do the job? Would make for some subzero cooling in the upcoming months ( yeah i know about condensation... but i still want to try it smile.gif ) Any thoughts?

Maybe, but unlikely. The 6 feet to one side isn't the major issue, it's going up another 5-8 feet that is the big issue.

Most standard pumps only have a "Head" of about 10-11 feet. While that sounds like that will work, that pretty much is the maximum and when you go 5-8 feet, the flow really drops off.

I've thought about doing something like that myself, and getting basically a cheap F150 truck radiator for about $130, then put a Flexalite fan on it for $118. Then you can get something like a "Little Giant" pump for about $200 that will give you about 800GPH flow and 22 feet of Head (at 80GPH), add a big reservoir (maybe a gallon), and put the whole mess down in the basement and run tubes up.

You can remote the power up to your room, or just leave it running all the time (or even put wire it with a power relay so when your PC comes on, your water cooling system comes on.

Yeah, it will cost you, but it will have more cooling capacity than you could ever need (heck, you could even make it so it would 'T' out so you could cool multiple computers), and all the heat and noise is elsewhere. Also, since basements typically stay cooler than the upper part of your house, it would be very quiet as well.

Just put some quick disconnects on your computer, and maybe an inline water temperature sensor so you can monitor it from your motherboard temperature port, and you'd be good to go.
post #17 of 25
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Hi folks, noob here.
I'm just about to build a replacement workstation for my current machine & I want to to liquid cool with an external rad.
The case I'm going to use is a Coolermaster CM Stacker 810 ('cos I have two of them still boxed).
I'm also going to build a frame from steel channel to mount the case (think floor-ceiling rack type thing) which will also accommodate a server, plus anything else I can fit in it.
My idea is to then mount the radiator to the frame so it's easy to access (for cleaning) and leaves plenty of space.
I'm in the UK so not sure how well served we are with rads etc.
Any tips would be really helpful as this will be the first LC set up I've done. smile.gif

With a little modification, you could easily mount this on a 19" rack.

Phobya XTREME Nova 1080 Radiator

Then you can get a pump/reservoir combo, and some quick disconnects, and you are set.

Here is some photos where someone did basically that (granted, it isn't as "nice looking" as I would want, but it was pretty easy).


My rack mounted Watercool MO-RA3 radiator
post #18 of 25
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Maybe, but unlikely. The 6 feet to one side isn't the major issue, it's going up another 5-8 feet that is the big issue.
Most standard pumps only have a "Head" of about 10-11 feet. While that sounds like that will work, that pretty much is the maximum and when you go 5-8 feet, the flow really drops off.
I've thought about doing something like that myself, and getting basically a cheap F150 truck radiator for about $130, then put a Flexalite fan on it for $118. Then you can get something like a "Little Giant" pump for about $200 that will give you about 800GPH flow and 22 feet of Head (at 80GPH), add a big reservoir (maybe a gallon), and put the whole mess down in the basement and run tubes up.
You can remote the power up to your room, or just leave it running all the time (or even put wire it with a power relay so when your PC comes on, your water cooling system comes on.
Yeah, it will cost you, but it will have more cooling capacity than you could ever need (heck, you could even make it so it would 'T' out so you could cool multiple computers), and all the heat and noise is elsewhere. Also, since basements typically stay cooler than the upper part of your house, it would be very quiet as well.
Just put some quick disconnects on your computer, and maybe an inline water temperature sensor so you can monitor it from your motherboard temperature port, and you'd be good to go.
Wow, thanks for all the info, sounds like you have some experience doing this.
The automotive radiator idea has crossed my mind before and I was also considering the quick disconnects with shut offs too. Heater cores might work too.
I was considering mounting the pump next to the radiator and pumping "down hill" would that make any difference in this scenario?
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post #19 of 25
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Wow, thanks for all the info, sounds like you have some experience doing this.
The automotive radiator idea has crossed my mind before and I was also considering the quick disconnects with shut offs too. Heater cores might work too.
I was considering mounting the pump next to the radiator and pumping "down hill" would that make any difference in this scenario?
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There's no real gain, up down it's all the same once the loop is equalized. Remember, what ever you pump up, ends up going back down anyways, equalized.
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+1 For rad boxes.

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