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I am pretty sure I have come up with my final decision. My goal is to create a quite (very quiet) computer case with all the components inside, that is including all watercooling components. I also want to mount the Stacker on wheels.

There was discussion as to what case I should use here. Soloz2's mod is going to be my rough guide.

Here are the parts:

I am going to get the CM Stacker 810 from ZZF for $160 shipped and the side panel with the window for $15 from the egg.

For the radiator, I am going to get the Black Ice Pro III 360mm dual pass radiator. $45

In order to mount the radiator in the case, I am going to do a modification that model's Soloz2's. It is going to be different though. To mount the fans and radiator to the case I am going to use a triple RadGrillz for $25

I want this case to be as quiet as possible (my current one is real load). I am going to get 3 of Scythe S-FLEX Fluid Dynamic 120mm fans. These fans make only 20dBA and move 50CFM! That will run me about $29.

I also need a new reservoir (as my current one is 1 gal and will not fit in the case). This 5.25 bay drive reservoir looks good for me. ($28).

I am also going to purchase new tubing and get some Swiftech coolant additive.

I will pick up 4 wheels (maybe 6) from Home Depot. That should be a very simple mod.

Total Cost: ~$330... Wow!

This will be completed sometime after Christmas (as some of the stuff will be Christmas presents). I will keep updating.

Some questions I still have:

1. Can I make my own radiator mount. The RadGrillz is nice, but I think I can do better than $25.
2. Do I really need a triple 120mm radiator or would a dual 120mm work?

Here is a drawing of what I intend to do:



Here are some other pictures with RadGrillz:




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2. What components are you cooling? A 240 should do the trick just fine.
1. Rad mount? Sure, but you're gonna have to be very precise! I personally would do one for you, but the CNC mill still isn't up. I would look around for a closeout on grillz and try to pick one up. They look very air-restrictive!


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2. What components are you cooling? A 240 should do the trick just fine.
1. Rad mount? Sure, but you're gonna have to be very precise! I personally would do one for you, but the CNC mill still isn't up. I would look around for a closeout on grillz and try to pick one up. They look very air-restrictive!


Overall, a very sexy mod!
I was thinking 240mm would be good too, however, I always want more. I am cooling a CPU, video card, and NB. I always have plans for SLI in the future.

I have a template for the radiator mount. Your cutting does not need to be neat or professional looking, but it does need to be precise. This is because the rad mount will cover up the hole, so a ugly cut doesn't really matter. The way I intend to outline the cut on the case is to attach the 3 (or 2) fans to the rad mount and then place them on top of the case. Then I will trace the outline of the fans. This way I will make a hole just big enough to fit the fans in.

I would like a cheaper or better alternative, I just haven't been able to find anything. I suppose I could make one, but I don't have the machinery or skills to do that. I am not sure if there is someone locally who could make one if I made them a design.
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Cant wait to see this

(edit) If your only using a dual 120mm fan rad then why not put the rad on the floor of the case where the grill is?
(re-edit) saw that you were using a triple 120mm fan rad. burn totally confused me
    
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That is the dual one, if I decide to go with that. I am still contemplating whether I should use 240mm or 360mm. I know the 240mm will be cheaper and quieter, but will it give me CPU, NB, and a GPU (potentially 2). I suppose I could always add a single 120mm radiator to the loop (put it in the case fan) if necessary.
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Yeah, you can add another 120 later on, if necessary. I would start off on a 240, and if you notice it getting warm, add a 120 on the case fan. Your radiator shouldn't feel very warm to the touch. Mine doesn't, that's how I know I'm cooling it off sufficiently.
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