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post #1 of 8
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Hi All, just starting to think about a potential first WC project - not a super simple one, in an FT02 (non-window).

I'm planning to use:
XSPC dual bay res + D5
3x180mm Alphacool radiator
120mm radiator
Swiftech Apogee HD CPU block
Initially no GPU blocks, but will have SLI WC for next gen

I've done a fair bit of reading around and looking at other WC FT02 cases. I think I will have to dremel off the lip at the bottom of the motherboard tray, potential cut out some of the base to allow the radiator to sit lower and improve airflow, and then mount the filters externally using magnets.

I was thinking of going for the loop setup in the attached image (dashed line behind mobo tray), but had a couple of questions:
  1. Does the below loop look sensible?
  2. It's just going to be an (overkill) CPU loop initially, but I want to be able to connect up SLI WC graphics cards when I have the cash / next gen arrives, is there a particular type of quick connector that would allow this without draining/altering the loop?
  3. Do I need to set up a drain line / if not how would I drain? could potentially run one from the rad through a hole in base of case (if I cut one)?

Any advice would be much appreciated! I am slightly apprenhensive about starting to cut up the case + spend a lot of money on kit before getting some experienced input!

post #2 of 8
That is how i did my setup, but i did not do a res. I was using the rv02 version 1 i think so i had to remove my drive cage to fit in the 3rd fan. Yes you do have to cut the mobo tray, and there is a sort of issue with this that i would want to make apparent before you start. Tucking the wiring, I found that my 24 pin mobo connector was a PITA to deal with, and my gpus were really close the the radiator making the additional power lines also a PITA to work with. I was using 7950s, and I retained the stock dust catcher, and there was maybe 5mm of space.

1. yes
2. I dont think that will work out well, your best option is to just drain the loop and do it right.
3. I would highly recommend putting in a drain line, as the orientation of the radiators would make it really hard to drain out the res.
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I don't see why you should have to cut the motherboard tray. Never had any issues w/ my 24-pin either.
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Thank guys. The alphacool is 1cm thicker than the magicool, so that's why I was thinking I might need to trim the mobo tray.
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I don't see why you should have to cut the motherboard tray. Never had any issues w/ my 24-pin either.

i dont know if the ft02 is different as much from the rv02, but to keep the dust filters there was no way for me to do it without triming.
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i dont know if the ft02 is different as much from the rv02, but to keep the dust filters there was no way for me to do it without triming.

You generally pull out all the plastic crap. The filters get mounted w/ velco or magnets to the bottom side of the case. And IMO the fans should be pushing w/ the radiator mounted on top of the fans. Looks 11ty times cleaner.


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Originally Posted by lowfat View Post

You generally pull out all the plastic crap. The filters get mounted w/ velco or magnets to the bottom side of the case. And IMO the fans should be pushing w/ the radiator mounted on top of the fans. Looks 11ty times cleaner.



i did it exactly that way, but i left the filters in place.
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post #8 of 8
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Hi guys, thanks again for the help. I've specced up the loop (pre gpu) and have ended up with the below layout. I think I've got the fitting list correct, but wondered if you guys would be willing to take a quick look over it?

Also, I was wondering re: corrosion stoppers, is that needed with distilled water?

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