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Converting a Antec 4U22EPS650 to a watercooled desktop.

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Howdy,

This is my first build/mod. log so please forgive me for anything I may miss.

The background for this mod:


I have been building "My current Project" into a full custom water cooled loop. I have all the parts I need to complete the loop, So I started to assemble it in my CM 690II Advanced which I had modded slightly and painted entirely.

During the process of putting everything in the case I found I physically can not fit my new Koolance pmp-500 pump and tube res. in to it.

I can not afford a new case or aother pump/res right now, this close to Christmas mad.gif And Santa (my wife) told me I have not been good enough to get one either mad.gif

So my next best solution is I have found this Antec 4U22EPS650



I plan on inserting everything in my sig "My current project" +

XSPC EX240
Koolance PMP-500
ALPHACOOL CAPE CORP COOLPLEX PRO 10 LT
2x EK-VGA Supreme HF Bridge E. - Acetal
EK-FC Bridge DUAL serial 3-Slot


Now my two biggest problems are going to be money and time. I have very little money available for this, and I am missing my own computer. Having 5 people in a house and only three computers is not nice mad.gif

I am unsure if I want a flat Desktop computer or have a typical tower looking finished product.

and

If I should bother having a window (which would be blue lighted project) or just a stealth black case.

Opinions would be most appreciated thumb.gif
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46 Views and no comments, either it is not very interesting or people don't want to see this rolleyes.gif

Any ways, tonight I got a chance to try different layouts, and see if things will physically fit or not.

The pictures talk for them self's:





The EK bridge I thought was going to be a problem, BUT!!!!



It has about 2-3mm clearance.


I am thinking this is going to work, next step is cutting out the rad holes. thumb.gif
post #3 of 37

For me..I'm more of a minimalist so I'd do without the window and do all stealth with the tower style.

 

As for desktop or tower style...it's up to you if you have enough space for a desktop or just a tower.

 

If I had that option with my case...I'd go for the desktop style and attach the case as part of the desk and make something like this for one of the side covers: http://www.overclock.net/t/1306546/full-side-window-mod-for-12

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I am as well as the wife is liking the idea of stealth like.

Making a tower will probably be the way, because this case is 23" deep. And even on my desk that is lots.

My actual desk, is about 2.5" think. It is a solid wood counter top from a store at work. So unfortunately I not will be cutting it to add to it any time soon.

I just need to go on the hunt also know for some cheap 90 degree fittings and case feet.

+

Find out from the wife what color I am allowed with this one biggrin.gif
post #5 of 37

Well good luck with the hunt for the fittings, I'm also look for some 90* fittings as well for my EK7850 block.

 

Maybe try her favourite colour or fake aluminum/silver to match the appliances or just plain all black. :P

 

Make sure you post more pics!

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Interesting build, your kind of doing the same thing I am with my build.

As for fittings, I have some XSPC compression fittings that I got for 3.99 a piece from performance PCs and they are great then for the 90degree part you could grab a few rotary fittings to throw the XSPC fittings on.

Fittings I linked the silver ones, but they have black ones too: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_346_951&products_id=33554
90 degree: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_346_203_473&products_id=22687
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post #7 of 37
I love the crop of new budget mods rolling in.. THIS IS MODDING!!! (read in sparta voice)

Good work reusing a old case. Maybe sell the CM case for the funds to get the rest of the fittings?

More pics please... XD

Also +1 for cheap window mod. You can always do that AFTER you get the whole thing running thou.
post #8 of 37
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The window mod my come after, I like the idea of looking at my money, as for the color that is still in the negotiations stage.

I am using Blue Bitfenix Pro Spectre fans, clear/UV blue Masterkleer tubing and Mayhems Pastel Blue Coolant, so it will be either blue and black or Blue and White.



I started the rad mounting holes this afternoon, this is one thick case. I went through three cutting disks just doing this:



Once I get some more cutting disks, should be tomorrow, I will continue.

As for the fittings, I should get the look I am wanting by using a couple of my 45 angles as well biggrin.gif

The lack of cable management in this case will be a great challenge, but I have an idea of creating a false floor/panel to help to hide most of them. thumb.gif
post #9 of 37

Use a jigsaw with a metal blade for longer cuts. It's much cheaper and the cuts are nice once you get the hang of your jigsaw. I just just the dremel to cut a slot as a start point for the jigsaw.

 

Interested in how this build goes, I'll be watching it.

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I'm subbing this one!! looking forward to some pmp-500 awesomeness thumb.gif
    
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