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I plan to keep my Antec 300. I have already begun the process of modding the case to take a 320mm rad in the front.

The case will be a hack-job until I move to a native 320mm rad friendly case down the road.

Here is my rough illustration of what I would like to achieve. I know its pretty poor but there is much room for improvement!


Parts Listing

Pump/Reservoir combo: D5 fixed, koolance D5 top with 80mm long res. Purchased

Radiator: EK CoolStream 360 XTX Purchased

Fittings: Bitspower black 3/8"ID x 1/2" OD Compression Fittings Purchased x10

CPU Block: EK Supremacy Full Copper Purchased

Fillport: BitsPower CaseTop, BitsPower stop fitting, Funnel.Purchased

Radiator screws: 4/40 3" screws cut to size of course.Purchased

Hose Clamps for OC Formula VRM barbs: Herbie Size D nylon clamps
Purchased

Parts on order


Tubing: PrimoFlex LRT 3/8x1/2 black.
Edited by Xinoxide - 2/17/13 at 8:30am
post #2 of 20
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I would also like if someone could comment on the quality of Tygons Norprene Thermoplastic Elastomer Tubing here:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10484/ex-tub-644/Tygon_A-60-G_Norprene_38_ID_12_OD_-_Industrial_Grade_Thermoplastic_Elastomer_Tubing.html?tl=g30c99s171#blank
post #3 of 20
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First Thing I actually received is my CPU block.

Here are some closeups of the EK Supremacy Full Copper fitted and ready to go for my 3770K.





Here are a couple of my used 360 XTX.

It has a booboo and some battle damage, but Ive pressure tested it from my faucet and it proves to still be sealed well.




Edited by Xinoxide - 2/14/13 at 8:09pm
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I don't think sandwiching the 320mm and the Antec 620's would be very effective. Perhaps mod the case for a "side mounted" 240 rad for the GPUs?

My idea would be to cut out the left side of some of the drive bays and cut out fan grills on the side panel. Then have the radiator and fans mounted to the case itself instead of the side panel.



Or perhaps mod the front so that the 320mm rad sits flush with the front panel, and the 620's are mounted towards the inside of the case, kind of like this:



And maybe cut out the flat parts of the drive bays, cut some fan grills on the side panel, and put some fans on there to intake/exhaust air so neither rad is being fed warm air from the other rad.

Edit: That inline filter isn't really necessary unless you don't rinse your WC gear before installation. Given the size of the mesh screen all it's going to collect are flakes of metal that could easily be washed out. I could see some use for it if the mesh was much finer and was able to catch dirt/dust particles left in the loop.
Edited by Shpongle - 2/10/13 at 2:08pm
   
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mmmm filter? unless you are questionalbe about your water quality and your
citys mamnagement id skip the filter.

im not sure on the ability of the 620 rads sucking in heated air already to provide
enough heat transfer for the GPU system(s). martinlbs kinda caybashed the
sandwich philosophy for rad/fan/rad. limited functionality and not agressive for
transfer of heat. give it a try, but maybe look for an alternative.
alternative:
bracket support to hold both 620 rads/fans turned 90° and intake from a modded
side-panel. only thing is you have 5-fans in and one out.. either slow intakes and
fast exhaust or rely on natural ventilation.

airdeano
post #7 of 20
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Im not too worried about the heat of the gpu's they already have a really hard time going over 50C with 800mhz clocks.

So long as the CPU gets the first breath of fresh air they should be okay? I know its not optimal for them as it is right now, but once I move to a more capable case I will surely make sure they get their own breathing space.

Aside from the rear fan there is some extra space for exhaust, also I have all L brackets removed from pci expansion slots. Should help a bit.

I was originally planning to purchase a new case with my loop, but my budget got squeezed a little.
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Im not too worried about the heat of the gpu's they already have a really hard time going over 50C with 800mhz clocks.

So long as the CPU gets the first breath of fresh air they should be okay? I know its not optimal for them as it is right now, but once I move to a more capable case I will surely make sure they get their own breathing space.

Aside from the rear fan there is some extra space for exhaust, also I have all L brackets removed from pci expansion slots. Should help a bit.

I was originally planning to purchase a new case with my loop, but my budget got squeezed a little.

If that's the case then I don't foresee any thermal issues. Good luck, and be sure to post pictures! It's always cool to see a lower-tier case modded for water cooling.
   
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post #9 of 20
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Thanks for the input! Once the rest of the parts are here I will tube it all up and then yank the loop out onto the table.

I've got alot of second hand parts, So I am going to make sure to give it hell with leak testing.

I will do my best to keep the T3i out for the duration of the project.

Ill start with cutting the front so I can fit the rad in the front bezel.
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Looks like I made an oops.

I measured the inside diameter of my comp fittings ( inside of the barb ).. and ended up purchasing 3/8x1/2 tubing for what looks to be 7/16x5/8 fittings?

Can anyone confirm via these images? I feel the answer is obvious, However I also feel kind of... dumb.

This is the comps compared to the 7/16x5/8 example on the primochill package.

The ring looks like it fits over 5/8" perfectly.



Edited by Xinoxide - 2/15/13 at 4:04am
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