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Project Black Rain (EVGA Hadron Air: Water cooled)

post #1 of 23
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Hi guys, I've haven't posted in a long time, but I've got a neat little project I've been working on for the past couple of weeks to unveil. I purchased an Evga Hadron air but quickly decided I wanted to water cool it after seeing the success of "the golden nugget" build log. That build log was great and the best evga hadron build I've seen up to this point, but I wanted to be original and come up with something of my own. What I've managed to accomplish so far is 360mm of radiator all internally inside the Hadron Air, which I think is kind of impressive! Also to make this case mode even more original I have decided to flip the case upside down for a reverse ATX layout. This way I can see the liquid flowing through my GTX 780's aqua computer waterblock. Also I sleeved the Evga server power supply that comes with the Hadron Air which was a major pita. I've tested all the pins on the power supply with my voltage meter and they appear correct so things are looking upward for this build. I wanted to finish it, but I figured I would post here in hopes of coming up with some new ideas. I haven't figured out my loop layout yet and I'm unsure if I want to use black tubing or clear. Also to save money I purchased a Swiftech H220 water cooler which I picked up for $100. There are better options out there but I figured there was no way I was going to find a pump, cpu waterblock, tubing, fittings, and 240mm radiator for $100 anywhere else. The radiator on the Swiftech H220 turned out to be around a couple mm too long so I had to cut out a hole in the front of the case behind the plexi glass to fit it into the case. Because I this I decided to purchase a 1/4" thick piece of black acrylic and make the front panel thicker. I plan to hollow out the front panel a little bit so the radiator can fit into the plexi and the plexi will fit flush with the front of the case. I plan to leave the top 240mm radiator passively cooled for now. Once I get the system running and check out the temps I will decide where to go from there. My plan is to make the case positive pressure so air will flow out of the 240mm radiator even though there are no fans on it. I'll get into more detail about this build later, but for now here are some crappy pictures to show what I've been doing. Also the name is terrible and I couldn't think of anything, so if anyone has something better let me know.
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post #2 of 23
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Looking good so far.
Love what you are attempting with this case.
post #3 of 23
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I did a bit more work today. I also ordered the rest of the parts that I needed. I ordered some black advanced lrt primochill tubing, a 90 degree fitting, some more bitspower barbs, a tubing cutter etc. I drilled the case so I could bolt on the front. I counter sank the holes and used some black torx 15 bolts. The front panel will be likely be covered in 3m Dinoc carbon fiber. If I don't use Dinoc, I will create a jig so sand the front panel in a straight line to give it a simulated "brushed metal" type of a look. I also worked on a cable cover today. The first one I made was a black acrylic one but was a little sloppy. I had some aluminum stock laying around so I made a second one which I like much better. I milled out the back of the front acrylic cover so that the radiator and stick out of the case slightly but the front cover will hide it and sit flush to front of the case. The pictures show it below.








post #4 of 23
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I thought the H220 looks a little too much like a closed loop cooler so I wanted to give it more of a custom look. I had some more 1/4" thick black acrylic lying around so I decided to fabricate a new top. Since plexi scratches easily, I'm leaving the protective paper on until the build is assembled. It is a very nice glossy black though and should match the glossy black tubing I have coming. I'm finding out I'm better at modding and fabricating stuff than I thought. This is really one of my first times trying to make stuff by hand vs just going out and buying stuff. Here are a few pictures.



post #5 of 23
May i ask what 240 rad you used up top and what fans you will use with it?

Edit; Didn't see the swiftek in the description, sorry!

Nice mods nonetheless! keep it up!
    
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The rad up top is a swiftech 240mm that came with my h220. I probably won't be using any fans with it. The only ones I know of that would fit would be scythe slipstream. Even those need to modded with a dremel to be thin enough. I plan to do push pull setup on the front 120mm rad and hope that it's enough positive pressure to push air out of the case through the 240mm rad.
Edited by Bigbrag - 2/25/14 at 1:13am
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I'd really like to see how it goes with no fans on the 240! Subbed smile.gif
    
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Here are the pictures of the case painted. I painted all the unfinished parts of the case so it is now perfectly blacked out. The paint job is super stunning for spray paint. I've never had spray paint look this nice before. I showed it to my wife and she thought I had it powder coated. The matte black is a the perfect color that I was looking for. I want this to be a very clean build so I decided to cut the pump cord to a custom length so that it could plug in to the cpu fan port that is directly in front of it. The cable is now very short but will look really nice as it is one less cable that I need to worry about. I also could not find a way to sleeve the hideous sata 3 cables that go to the front panel. I was able to source a front panel connector that looks nearly identical to the original but in black from China. I ordered it around two weeks ago so it is supposed to arrive somewhere around March 1st. I'm really hoping that it will line up with the original usb 3.0 and audio panel in the front of the case. If it doesn't I will have to make some custom.




post #9 of 23
I'm definitely subbing, can't wait how this thing turns out. thumb.gif
post #10 of 23
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Ok I finally have a nice big update. After much work, blood, sweat, tears, and aggravation, this build is finally complete. I'm actually very happy with the way it turned out, so I will just let the pictures speak for themselves.







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