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External radiator ideas

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I have a fairly cheap IKEA desk. I want to replace the white wooden bar in the center with a stronger piece of wood from home depot. I measured the bar, it is about 110cm. I want to attach two Alphacool Monsta 480mm radiators with Scythe AP15 fans in push pull. I think the IKEA bar is not strong enough (it is also cheaply compressed wood, so screwing or drilling it would probably weaken it alot), that's why I will purchase a custom slab of wood which will be stronger, and should be able to support the two radiators, fans, and water.
This will cool my incoming 3930k, RIVE chipset, and whichever graphics cards I end up going with (780s or Titans). My case is an NZXT Switch 810 and I will just be using case fans in it. So only two radiators, outside the case.
I want to connect the 16 Scythe fans to an Aquacomputer Aquaero Pro (with waterblock) fan controller. I will connect whatever case fans I have to another channel (20W max per channel). I am also planning on using 2 D5 PWM pumps, connecting them to another channel as well of my fan controller, if possible. I would like to control all the cooling with software, and set up such that when my PC is idle all fans/pumps are on low or off, and when gaming or in general load, to ramp them up.
For my previous water cooling setup (sli 480s, i7 920) I used primochill uv blue tubing, but after a few weeks it already plasticized, so I am looking for a different brand of tubing this time, preferably red.
Any ideas or comments about this setup? I am in the process of ordering parts, so I am still open to changes.
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That's fine. If I'm understanding correctly, you want both rad in the center part. It might get a little bit drafty though, and the longer tubing might be a PITA to deal with. You'll also have to deal with a lot of fan extensions, which may complicate matters.
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I'm planning to have the two radiators side to side, behind the bar. I will use a circle saw to cut the holes for the fans, and will drill 4 holes per fan to attach the fan/radiator to the bar.
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