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Chromed tubing definitely is out of my budget, but damn it'd look sweet. I'll probably just go for some simple black paint (since copper and alu don't match up all that well)
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Chromed tubing definitely is out of my budget, but damn it'd look sweet. I'll probably just go for some simple black paint (since copper and alu don't match up all that well)

That would look really good. I saw a build on here that the guy painted his copper tubing a nice matte black and it looked really sweet.

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Don't get me wrong but you seem to already know exactly what you are going to do. I mean, you ask for advise but never follow them.
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Don't get me wrong but you seem to already know exactly what you are going to do. I mean, you ask for advise but never follow them.
I really don't mean to get across that way. Personally I do prefer the look of the hard piping mostly because the tubes don't cross the res.
But that said, I totally agree with you that those solid thick tubing runs look better.
That's why I asked around here for opinions because I'm not completely sure myself yet.
I wonder if I could do the same tubing runs I made with the hard tubing but then with 19/13 tubes, although I am afraid the line from the gpu to the 180mm rad will sag.
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What did you use to make the gorgeous images if you don't mind me asking? smile.gif
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post #36 of 52
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Not at all.
I used Solidworks to make 3D models of every part and load them into an assembly which I then loaded into Keyshot which can make lifelike renders (if you're willing to wait long enough)

Thanks btw biggrin.gif
post #37 of 52
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And I got myself into another idea.
Because I didn't exactly love the fact that the 180mm rad was intake yet the 360 was outtake (and would breathe the hot air from the 180) combined with the minor annoyance that I couldn't fit any fan filters (which probably would have grown to a major annoyance over time) I started thinking:
What if I could pull it off to fit 3x 180mm XT45 inside that sweet 'little' case.

And of course, it is possible, in theory. It does involve some modding of the radiators though, since I needed the water to flow first down through the rad and only later on (after passing through blocks etc) enter the rad on the other side back to the pumps.
I asked my workplace teacher and he said quite literally "Of course we can make that, but it's up to you to figure out how" so it seems like he's liking the project so far as well.

The loop order will be the following:
Dual D5 (pwm) => Alphacool XT45 1x180 (door side) => Alphacool XT45 2x180 (door side) => GPU => CPU => Aquaero Waterblock => Alphacool XT45 2x180 (motherboard side) => Alphacool XT45 1x180 (motherboard side) => Dual D5.

Since a picture says more than a thousand words:
Created using Luxion Technology (luxion.com)
Behind the PSU you see one copper tube, that's the 'fillport' which leads into a *custom* reservoir (behind the 4 2,5" harddrives) which enters the dual D5 top. When filling/bleeding the case has to stand on the table face first.

Created using Luxion Technology (luxion.com)
You can't see the Aquaero since it lies semi under the 2x180mm rad (more precisely: under the custom end tank)


I'm pretty damn excited since I really feel like this time I truly have gotten the most out of this gorgeous case in terms of rad-estate and cleanlyness as well. I honestly can't think of a way how I could possibly fit more radiators in there without cutting in the top or one of the sidepanels. To be honest I think 3x180mm should be plenty overkill to cool a 4770 and 680 for now, and with more than enough headroom for future upgrades.
I might make something of sheet metal to cover up the 'ugly' white fan or maybe I will just paint the frame matt black to blend in better with the radiator but other than that I really like this design. Now I can even mount PSU's up to 200mm in length so that shouldn't be an issue either for the remainder of the case's life.


Opinions? Suggestions? SHOOT biggrin.gif
post #38 of 52
Sounds like an interesting idea! I will be interested to see how you pull off your radiator idea! thumb.gif

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post #39 of 52
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You gotta love your workplace teachers, so so sad he'll be going to another school next year, but really, nothing but kudos to him.

Since he gave me a go for the design and because material can be ordered by school (so I only pay for the material I use and not the 2/3rd I wouldn't use) the project 3x180 has a go.
Just ordered one 180mm rad, one silverstone AP182, the Aquaero 5 LT with waterblock and a bunch small parts I'd need either way which rounded off nicely at 200,02 so shipping was on aquatuning tongue.gif

So excited, can't wait to get the parts and test out the AP182 and if that fan is good enough at lowest rpm I'll start attacking the poor poor 180mm XT45. If not I'll probably go back to the 360UT60 + 180XT45 idea but I doubt the fan will disappoint me at 500rpm.
Obviously I'll document how it goes, don't know yet if I will make a new thread for the buildlog or somehow arrange everything in my first post but we'll see. My M3 tap will be threading about 30 holes in the rad, hope it'll survive. Luckily I can get some good fancy cutting oil from school as well so that will definitely make it's life easier tongue.gif
post #40 of 52
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Well, I've received the rad yesterday and cut the passtrough-tank straight off, only to find out that he rad is produced a bit differently than I thought (hoped)
It turns out that the radiator canals are soldered into a pressed piece of copper instead a thicker copper plate. This means I'll have to make my own end tank out of brass and solder it on instead of making it of acetal and bolting it into place.
Minor setback but I'll hear soon enough how much the brass will cost me.

Love the sound profile of the AP182 by the way, at 500 rpm it's totally silent and still manages to push some air through the rad, the bearing noise is way less than I was afraid it would be. I do know for sure now that I won't be using the fan at full blast except for weird scenarios like benching rolleyes.gif
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