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post #131 of 404
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I just threw my little dye color test setup into my case so I could compare the oranges. Not too bad.




I think next I will have to get the new fans installed, then that will drive me to hook up the Raystorm block to the CPU and get things under water by the weekend ... even if I only set the reservoir in the upper bay temporarily. It's getting harder and harder to wait for Dwood to finish that pedestal base and do it all only once. biggrin.gif
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I just threw my little dye color test setup into my case so I could compare the oranges. Not too bad.

I think next I will have to get the new fans installed, then that will drive me to hook up the Raystorm block to the CPU and get things under water by the weekend ... even if I only set the reservoir in the upper bay temporarily. It's getting harder and harder to wait for Dwood to finish that pedestal base and do it all only once. biggrin.gif

That actually looks pretty good my man, slight contrast to it. I like it. thumb.gif
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post #133 of 404
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Well, I figured I'd mount the Cougar fans in the system yesterday. After spinning them up and checking out their air flow and noise level (which they have very good air flow and are virtually silent, even with all 6 of them spinning at full speed), I mounted them up on the RX360 and tried to mount them in the case.

One thing I did notice about them, even though both the Cougar's and the Gentle Typhoon AP-14's are listed as 25mm thick, the Cougars are a hair thinner. I think it is mainly due to the fact that they have rubber mounting shocks and maybe that is where they measure the 25mm thickness (but not 100% sure), but I had to trim my Fastenal 6-32 mounting hardware down just a bit more so as to not bottom out into the actual radiator core.

Unfortunately, there still wasn't enough room between the top of the case and the motherboard to hold an unmodified XSPC RX360 and fans. So, out came the Dremel tool ...



post #134 of 404
Nice. I love my Dremel. Comes in Handy in so many Situations. Moar Pics! With that fancy camera.... tongue.gifbiggrin.gif
post #135 of 404
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Well, looks like the Dremel alone wasn't enough to cram everything in. While I was able to cut enough away at the fan to make it physically fit in, but because the fan blades were so close, any sort of "fan wobble" would cause it to hit the chipset heat sink.

As a result, I've decided to get the 1-2mm of clearance another way. I'm going to grind down the "bumps" on the top of the Switch 810 case with a pneumatic grinder, which should get me 1-2mm when the radiator will be able to be mounted flush with the top of the case, instead of being held off.
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Well, looks like the Dremel alone wasn't enough to cram everything in. While I was able to cut enough away at the fan to make it physically fit in, but because the fan blades were so close, any sort of "fan wobble" would cause it to hit the chipset heat sink.
As a result, I've decided to get the 1-2mm of clearance another way. I'm going to grind down the "bumps" on the top of the Switch 810 case with a pneumatic grinder, which should get me 1-2mm when the radiator will be able to be mounted flush with the top of the case, instead of being held off.

Good Luck To You.. smile.gif
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Well, looks like the Dremel alone wasn't enough to cram everything in. While I was able to cut enough away at the fan to make it physically fit in, but because the fan blades were so close, any sort of "fan wobble" would cause it to hit the chipset heat sink.
As a result, I've decided to get the 1-2mm of clearance another way. I'm going to grind down the "bumps" on the top of the Switch 810 case with a pneumatic grinder, which should get me 1-2mm when the radiator will be able to be mounted flush with the top of the case, instead of being held off.


That works fine, I had to do that myself.

The downside is that when you grind off the dimples, and rolled edges, you'll have larger diameter holes.

Mine is set up to quick swap between two sets of fans, so I have the rad mounted with the standoffs which the fans them slip over and screw down to.

Without the fans to act as giant washers, I have the large flat washers to keep the standoffs from dropping thru the larger holes left when the dimple is ground away.


Darlene


post #138 of 404
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Well, all the grinding is done, and I've taped off the top and prepped it for painting. I stopped by Home Depot and picked up a can of "Real Orange" and a can of "Charcoal Gray", which is what I hope is pretty close the Gun Metal of the case.

I shot a bunch of photos, but left my camera at work, and will take more photos tomorrow when I re-paint the orange radiator (I didn't like the orange I originally used, it was just a hair too dark), and pain the usually non-visible parts of the Switch 810 top.

Photos will come tomorrow. biggrin.gif

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That works fine, I had to do that myself.
The downside is that when you grind off the dimples, and rolled edges, you'll have larger diameter holes.
Mine is set up to quick swap between two sets of fans, so I have the rad mounted with the standoffs which the fans them slip over and screw down to.
Without the fans to act as giant washers, I have the large flat washers to keep the standoffs from dropping thru the larger holes left when the dimple is ground away.
Darlene

If I didn't have a height issue already, I would have done what you did.

Problem is, when I bolt on the external pedestal from Dwood to my Switch 810, that will add another 6-6.5" to the overall height. I measured the location where I'm going to put it will be tight enough as is.

It's pretty scary that this case with the pedestal will be even taller than my ABS Canyon 965 case when all is said and done. If I had mounted the upper cabinets in my home office just another 1" or 2" up higher, I could have done what you did.

I really like the look of that, especially with a nice vent top and maybe some LED's as an accent.
post #139 of 404
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Well, here are a couple more photos after the realization that there just wasn't enough room in the Switch 810 case for that RX360 radiator in a "push/pull" config with the Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 motherboard.

My original solution of using the Dremel tool to notch the Cougar fan didn't work as intended, so off to plan B ... grind down the rolled edges to get 1-2mm back.



Looks like this should do it.




Thankfully I have an air grinder and a supply of 120 grit sanding discs.




After about 4 discs, a whole lot of mess, and 45 minutes, all the raised parts have been ground down nice and smooth.




Here it the freshly repainted top and RX360. Since I knew it would be impossible to exactly match the "Gun Metal" color of the Switch 810 case, I went with a "Charcoal Gray" that I think would complement it nicely. You really won't see it much anyway, since it will be covered mostly by fans, radiator, and the grill cover.

As far as the radiator, I elected to respray it with a slightly different color orange. I think this color better captures the orange in the Gigabyte motherboard. It is called "Real Orange" from Rustoleum". The other orange was "Chrysler Hemi Orange" Engine Enamel. It resists heat up to 500 degrees (not that it would ever get anywhere near that), and while it did look good, it just wasn't close enough to the "Gigabyte Orange". I think the new color will go better.

Now to let it dry overnight, then hit it with the heat lamps tomorrow for a bit, then let it rest for another 24 hours, and I'll start bolting it up.


I will most likely order another Cougar fan since the one I butchered won't need to be notched, and for $7, I may as well make it perfect. For now, I'll just leave that one out on the top, since that will be easy to install after the case is put back together. Also, now that I have the top totally off, I can see where installing the fans and radiator to the top then lowering it into place as an assembled unit SHOULD make it easier to install without scratching things up.
post #140 of 404
Well, looking at that brought back all manner of unpleasant memories, lol.


That's a dirty, nasty job grinding off all the dimples and rolled edges, but it does get you that all important 2.5mm.

That was one of the few operations where I did not take much time for pics during the process, I just wanted to be done and get a shower.


It's looking nice now, all repainted .

Darlene
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