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Hello everyone! I recently began building myself a server and buying all the fun things that go with it like a rack enclosure and rack mount battery backups, switches etc. Being the fanatic of liquid cooling that I am and that I prefer quieter computer systems I decided I wanted to liquid cool my server equipment to help cut back on heat/noise.

Unfortunately so far I have only been able to find this http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13368/ex-wat-172/Koolance_ERM-3K3UC_Cooling_System_-_Copper_-_No_Nozzles_.html

If anyone else has any ideas/suggestions for rack mount liquid cooling I am open to them, I do however plan to mount the radiator at the top of the rack enclosure so that the heat vents out through the top of the enclosure and I would really prefer to have the equipment actually use the rack mounts and not "ghetto rig" the equipment.

Thanks in advance!
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Hmm. i'd probably end up getting one of THESE, gutting it, then cutting holes in the bottom plate to fit a huge rad like THIS. Looking at the specs, it'd be a tight fit with 25mm fans in push, but should work. If you chose a smaller rad, you could fit a dual bay res/pump in the 5.25" bays. Add some QDC's and you'd have an enclosed liquid cooling system biggrin.gif.
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Would definitely be cheaper, but seems rather messy....
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Would definitely be cheaper, but seems rather messy....
Yeah, and a little more hassle than that all-in-one one, but IMO, building is one of my favorite parts of the watercooling experience.
Here's a quick sketchup mockup of the rack with pump and res. It has a 360 rad and a 180 rad. Since i suck at tubing in sketchup, i drew it in tongue.gif. There would be QDC's on the back wall.

Apart from stripping the inside, you'd only have to make 2 cuts in the bottom with a dremel. The 360 rad has a grill on the underside; the 180 should too, but i didn't feel like making one from scratch tongue.gif.

Here's the loop layout. With a few right angle connecters, it should be very clean.

I would have made a mockup with the huge Mo-Ra or Phobya rad, but i didn't have the sketchup component for those.
Use the extra ~$800 left over and get 15 TB of WD Red drives drool.gif
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I was looking more into your proposal and came across this rather cheap yet interesting case...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147164

While I wouldn't use it for my current needs, I definitely see myself building a Dual CPU + 4 GPU setup using this case in the future and modding the case to mount 2 3x120mm radiators inside of it, figured I'd share this little discovery/concept of mine in case anyone else is interested in rack mount systems/water cooling.
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With those 4 u's you can fit a 1-3x120mm standing pretty easy. Currently I'm using a logysis 4u case that was next to nothing. They're about $85 new and shipped. I put in a 2x120 and a 1x120 in mine. (Pics should be in my rigbuilder). I ended up making a housing and bolting it to the side for the 2x120.

If I could do it again though I would of bought one of those 12u stands. All my actual comp parts in the top with a window. Skip a u, then put most of the wc in another case. Either use a larger rad set flat in a 2u or a 4u using a few smaller ones.
Just throwing out ideas

anyways Good Luck!
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