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I'm determined to make a 120mm radiator fit in an Obsidian 250D. I know a H100i just barely fits with 25mm fans and according to Corsair it's 27mm thick so that means I have 52mm. The problem is the thinnest radiator I can find is 29.6mm. I need either a 27mm or less radiator, or 22mm or less fans with decent static pressure. Does anyone have a recommendation? Do you think I could take apart a H100i and use the radiator as a normal radiator?
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you could, but that would ruin a perfectly fine h100i unit... unless you have one that is allready broken.

EDIT: does the h100i have a copper or aluminum radiator?

EDIT2: the h100i has a aluminum radiator, you dont want to use that in your loop because of corrosion.
Edited by zoid.srg - 4/6/14 at 2:28pm
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you could, but that would ruin a perfectly fine h100i unit... unless you have one that is allready broken.

EDIT: does the h100i have a copper or aluminum radiator?
Meh, I don't care about ruining the rest of it as long as the radiator still works. I have good news and bad news though. The bad news is that I feel like an idiot for posting this and then finding the answer on my own anyway. The good news is that I found a 25mm radiator. biggrin.gifBlack Ice Pro II Sorry for wasting your time. I swear I googled it before I asked. Guess I just didn't use the exact search google wanted me to.
Edited by Pixelmancer - 4/6/14 at 2:29pm
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Could always just run thinner fans like the 20mm yate loons.
   
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Are there any good high static pressure thin fans? I can't find the static pressure for the Yate Loons.
Edited by Pixelmancer - 4/7/14 at 4:12am
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Was pretty sure the ex series radiator from xspc were pretty thin, they are much cheaper too.

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I'm determined to make a 120mm radiator fit in an Obsidian 250D. I know a H100i just barely fits with 25mm fans and according to Corsair it's 27mm thick so that means I have 52mm. The problem is the thinnest radiator I can find is 29.6mm. I need either a 27mm or less radiator, or 22mm or less fans with decent static pressure. Does anyone have a recommendation? Do you think I could take apart a H100i and use the radiator as a normal radiator?

Have you seen this yet? Custom loop build log from corsair's in-house tech blog. They list the available room as 55mm. The rads were an alphacool ST30 240 and a UT60 140, although I think that one should probably have been an XT45 or another ST30 since they couldn't fit push-pull fans on the UT60, and even still it partially blocked the 240 rad. Anyway, it can be done for sure thumb.gif

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Meh, I don't care about ruining the rest of it as long as the radiator still works. I have good news and bad news though. The bad news is that I feel like an idiot for posting this and then finding the answer on my own anyway. The good news is that I found a 25mm radiator. biggrin.gifBlack Ice Pro II Sorry for wasting your time. I swear I googled it before I asked. Guess I just didn't use the exact search google wanted me to.

This is all probably moot now, but the Pro II is a discontinued model and hasn't been available for several years. If by some miracle you find one for sale new, it will have been sitting on a shelf for a long, long time. In any case, the listed thickness for it was 28.6mm not 25mm. Hardware Labs' replacement thin rad model is the GT Stealth line, which is listed as 29.6mm. Hardware labs rads are however a little wider than the Alphacools (133mm vs 124mm) so you'd need to make sure that's not an issue if you want to use those instead.

Also FWIW 25mm is the standard thickness for the tank on a thin rad, which is the part with the fins and pipes. Then you have to add the brackets where the fans get mounted, so you're always going to get a few more mm thickness above 25mm. There was a thread not too long ago where someone also needed a super-thin rad and the alphacool was the thinnest one that anyone could find.
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Was pretty sure the ex series radiator from xspc were pretty thin, they are much cheaper too.
35.5mm thick so these wouldn't work.
Edited by threephi - 4/10/14 at 1:57am
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Have you seen this yet? Custom loop build log from corsair's in-house tech blog. They list the available room as 55mm. The rads were an alphacool ST30 240 and a UT60 140, although I think that one should probably have been an XT45 or another ST30 since they couldn't fit push-pull fans on the UT60, and even still it partially blocked the 240 rad. Anyway, it can be done for sure thumb.gif
The room is 55mm only with that motherboard. I was trying to find a way to make it work with a high end board, which all seem to have 50mm of room.
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This is all probably moot now, but the Pro II is a discontinued model and hasn't been available for several years. If by some miracle you find one for sale new, it will have been sitting on a shelf for a long, long time. In any case, the listed thickness for it was 28.6mm not 25mm.
I found one. I just decided I didn't want it. It looks incredibly cheap and shoddy. One side is just bare metal for one thing.
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Hardware Labs' replacement thin rad model is the GT Stealth line, which is listed as 29.6mm. Hardware labs rads are however a little wider than the Alphacools (133mm vs 124mm) so you'd need to make sure that's not an issue if you want to use those instead.
I don't think it's worth switching just for 0.4mm. I'll just stick to the one from the Corsair build for now.
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The room is 55mm only with that motherboard. I was trying to find a way to make it work with a high end board, which all seem to have 50mm of room.
What motherboard are you using? The case is designed for mini-ITX boards, and those should all be the same size.
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I don't think it's worth switching just for 0.4mm. I'll just stick to the one from the Corsair build for now.
The ST30's are specced at 29.5mm so you can squeeze a few more hairs in there wink.gif
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