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Hello dudes!

So I have been thinking of building a fully water cooled PC for about a year now and I have not really been able to decide how to begin.

While I have been thinking about it, my actions have taken me into the direction of air cooling (not that I regret it) but I finally thought it was time to start thinking water instead of air.

So I purchased a new case and thought it was going to be the "one" wich I would eventually build my custom loop in.. that was until I figured out that it might not be the ultimate case for a custom loop.

Whilst greifing and crying over my own stupidity I remembered I still had a HAF 932 lying around, so I dusted it off and tried to figure out some way of putting a custom loop into it.


I took all the plastic off to begin with, revealing a pretty clean case imo.


The top of the case, some real potential here. The mesh here only covers about two fans, so it bothered me a little.


After having stripped the case down to its skin I began to visualize where I possibly could fit some radiators.

After some research and thinking I finally settled on installing 2 x 420 mm radiators. Since I don't have any restrictions other than the actual size of the case, why settle for less? I am still not 100% that it was the right decision but fortune favours the brave eh?

The tape marks where I wanted to make cuts (inside the tape)

At this point I read alot of threads about modding cases, I saw alot of people using Dremel's and fancy tools so I thought that I needed to get those aswell. But.. inside I am just a little impatient kid so I went to my garage and plugged in my angle grinder (not sure if thats the correct word for that tool, google ftw)

So this is what I ended up with, luckily my handywork looks so much better on these photos than IRL. The lines are not very straight and I messed up almost every corner, now I just need to grind and sand those lines to something that doesn't brake one's eyes when looking at them rolleyes.gif


So that's what Ive been doing the last 2 weeks, just trying to make something decent out of this case. I don't know if you can tell by the pictures but the lower right corner of the case is kinda busted. I bought it from france for almost no money and *surprise* the case was of course broken when I got it, I wanted to return it but got struck down by the immense labour it would have required.

Anyhow, today I got a package from germany biggrin.gif

These are the two rads I am gonna use in this build. As I said they are 420mm, hence the name 420D for the build, the D is for DUAL!

I have almost everything thought out from here on, next step will be to make a stop at the local metalworkingplace (do not correct me on that) and order some new plates for the front and the top. On these plates I will then install the rads and also covering up my awesome handywork. And then to finish it off I will cover the whole front and top with some mesh or something, depending on what my local shop has available.

I also decided to share my vision of the case, its done by myself in both paint and photoshop. Now.. I dont use these programs that often so.. yeah.. I suck at it tongue.gif


This is the first time I am doing a project of this size and its all uncharted territory for me, hell I am not even sure I can see this through to be honest. But I started and I am getting more and more exited about this project as each day goes by.

So please comment and share your own ideas if you have any wink.gif Next update coming after I have the new plates from the metalworkingplace biggrin.gif
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Great job on the mods.
I've been thinking about cutting the topesh and putting a proper radiator type grill, wo thanks for sharing how the cut will be.
Another thing those a huge radiators!!!
Good luck and happy kidding.
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Great job on the mods.
I've been thinking about cutting the topesh and putting a proper radiator type grill, wo thanks for sharing how the cut will be.
Another thing those a huge radiators!!!
Good luck and happy kidding.

Thanks!
Yeah, while the case natively does have the room for a 360 rad on the top, I really wasnt sure I liked their solution. I like my solution better haha biggrin.gif
Yeah, I was amazed by the size of them aswell, the bigger one is 8cm thick! tongue.gif
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