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To make a long story short... I have a TT BigWater 745 (+240mm radiator) kit that I got a while ago for a steal. And I just bought myself a TT Armor case. I know that the Armor LCS is an Armor case + a BigWater 745... so the plan is to stick my BW into my Armor.

If you wanna read my whole "story" you can in my intro post =P

Everything will bolt up except for the 240mm radiator.
In the LCS, the HDD cage is different, in order to fasten the 240mm radiator.

Plan A is to fab a couple of brackets that will pick up the 6 holes on either side of the device panels and bend in 90 to the front of the 240 and pick up the 4 holes on either side of it, where the front protectors screw in.

Plan B, which would be easier for me would be to acquire the HDD cage from the Armor LCS and simply bolt that into my case. Ive looked over pictures od the Armor LCS and am cofident that using the LCS HDD cage will do the trick if I can get my hands on one.

So what do you all think?
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Anywho, I decided to get rid of the front mounted HDD cage and mount my hard drives in the rear cage.
Originally I wanted to use the front cage to keep the HDs (which generate tons of heat) away from the proc so as to distribute the heat throughout the case. But Now Ive decided to put the drievs in the rear cage which already has a fan location (with a fan preinstalled) to pull the air directly off of the drives and out of the case. Ill probably add a second fan in front of the rear cage to help move the air.
Getting rid of the front cage allows me MUCH more room to work with mounting the 240mm radiator and saves me from some metalwork.
Now Im going to mount the 240 all the way down on the front of the case, the way it is mounted on the LCS case. This also frees up more expansion bays, of which only one would have been open before. Not that I need more than one, but it's nice to have the breathing room.
Now its just a matter of fabbing up those brackets.
Im gonna take a bunch of measurements tonight... or at least I was before I went out to dinner and got super full and super tired, lol.
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post #3 of 14
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Did all the prefab this morning... got out the digital mic and took a bunch of measurements.
Im going to make two brackets that each go up 275mm with mounting holes drilled 44mm (minus 10mm slack at each end) to pick up a hole at each of 7 device mounts that the 240mm radiator will take up. They will come in 20mm horizontally to take up the 14mm of gap on either side of the 240 and give 6mm workslack.

Unfortuntately this will block up to 6mm of the radiator on either side unless I grind the brackets to countour with the apertures, which I might do.
But its alot of work for something that probably won't make a difference, so Ill probably skip it.
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post #4 of 14
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Success!
Got the 240 mounted up front of the Armor.
The 120 should easily bolt up to the rear of the case where the stock rear exit fan is.

I actually did it with one bracket.
I drilled a couple of holes in the front of the case all the way at the bottom to mount to the stock mounting location cut into the radiator and then just fabbed up a cross-brace to pick up 2 holes on either side of the case, and then the stock mounting locations on the radiator.

When I feel unlazy Ill take a couple pics =P
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post #6 of 14
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Its actually a much cleaner setup this way... the only problem is that If I want to keep the front drive bay shrouds off to show off the radiator there will be a gap showing... but then again it would look stupid with some of the shrouds out and some in anyway =P

When I get everything mounted up there's gonna be SO much airflow =D
I can't wait to get overclocking.
With the terrible cooling I have going now I can run the CPU and GPU moderately overcloked and stay under 50º. And thats with a single terrible fan.

The Armor is going to have 3 120mm fans and an 80mm (discluding the PSU fans) and, of course, the liquid.
Should be a pretty huge difference.

Hoping to hit 4200+/x1900 stats
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post #7 of 14
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Phat Lewt!
Everything is together and it is l337.

My idle temp dropped to 22º and my loaded (with a 30m session of BF2142) temp with a mild overclock is 28º, where it used to be 45º.
Im gonna throw a few more stages of overclocking at it this week.

The case is much quieter than my old rig, has FAR more airflow, dropped the temps quite a bit and it looks awesome.

I would def reccommend this modification to anyone who has an Armor now and would like to go liquid.
If you contact me to find out what bumps in the road I encountered, the whole thing would probably be an hour or two. For me it took all day cuz I had to do stuff over about 30 times =P
But that's what happens when you're the first
At least I think Im the first one to LCS-ify an Armor (when I say LCS-ify... I mean to take a normal Armor case and make it an Armor LCS... I dont just mean put some liquid in the Armor... Im sure someone has done that before).

The project required a basic familiarity with hand tools and a power drill.

PS: Ill hopefully get some pics up soon... I have them on my phone but im too lazy to xfer =P
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Wish you had some pictures.
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post #9 of 14
PICS NOW!

Come on man get unlazy..
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post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by SpeedballTrix View Post
To make a long story short... I have a TT BigWater 745 (+240mm radiator) kit that I got a while ago for a steal. And I just bought myself a TT Armor case. I know that the Armor LCS is an Armor case + a BigWater 745... so
Actually its not the bigwater. The pump that comes in the LCS is much more powerful, and the rad is different. The only thing that is the same is the res. and the cpu block.
    
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