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Random idea came to mind. Since i have a PC-7F Lian Li Mid tower, i had to mount my 360 outside of the case on the back. The idea is to design a "drop in" mount that i can mount my radiator to and "drop" on top of the chassis (with the top panel removed of course).. Something really similar to Case Lab's SM8's top drop in mount.

the drop in mount doesnt need to be mounted... the parts where it touches the case, can have a strip of something taped so it gives some "vibration" dampening

using this way of mounting, that would mean freeing the "back" of my case for better airflow and better access to the rear i/o panel and potentially slightly better temps? cuz my gpu is exhausting right into this radiator too (currently... not like i game much atm anyway)

with that said... where would i find cheap sheet of metal that i can buy easily... then again, i dont have a metal brake to bend it....

then again... i theoretically dont need to bend it... it would look better and more "Drop in" like if it was ... XD !

does this idea make sense? LOL
Edited by iandroo888 - 10/29/13 at 11:20pm
 
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post #2 of 6
First thing I'd consider looking at is whether or not you actually have the internal space to fit a "drop-in" style radiator. Motherboards, heatsinks, and other things often get in the way, so it's really worth making sure before you commit to anything.

That said, I have my 240 radiator mounted externally and on top of my case, and I really like it. It keeps the space inside nice and clean, and the external radiator gives the case a kind of industrial "function-over-form" look. The water cooling tubes coming out the back of the case up to the radiator looks sweet too... smile.gif My radiator fans are on the inside of the case so the radiator doesn't sit too far off the chassis. The other benefit to having the fans inside and the radiator outside is that you can use the fan screws to secure the radiator to the top of the chassis.

If it were me, that's how I'd go about it... But I'm biased... smile.gif
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i have the space.. i had printed out a actual size template of a 360 before.. it fits in the spot.. space would be indeed limited inside the case.. so it would be fan (outside) - rad (outside) - mount plate - fan (inside). there is enough space for a standard thickness fan to fit inside.

the radiator currently is mounted vertically with the ports on top and tubes going through the stock holes that are slightly "narrower" than the location of the barbs so from rad to case its / \ with the tubing bending

the radiator also blocks one of the 2 connectors on my video card =[
 
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You could always just buy one of the 360 Koolance Shrouds
    
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Oh. hmm o.O definitely could consider
 
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They're made for drop-in installation. Even if you don't wanna buy one, they have the CAD file for it on their website. Could help you out if you still wanna make your own.
    
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