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So, after closely assessing what is involved in water cooling, and that while, AIO coolers ARE a convenient solution, they're just not that good, so I've decided on a custom loop with a 360mm rad...

...in an Antec 902.

Impossible? NAHHH. Not with a grinder, rivet gun, drill and tap and die set among other things!

Basically, I've decided on this kit: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_160_45&products_id=23457

Which, may not have the absolute best parts (and I'm almost positive I'll need 45 degree fittings for the rad) but it's a start, and one hellovaproject which is what I've wanted now for a while.

So, my plan is thus.

After removing the old, disconnected fan controller you see there, below my DVD drive, I'll be moving the DVD drive to it's place, and using the bay underneath that for the 5.25' res+pump



However, it won't just slide in, no, no, that'd be FAR too simple (Thanks Obama tongue.gif). I'll have to remove the plastic shroud that tops the 902, and cut the plate seen here, out. That will allow the rad to use up one of my 5.25 bays. The plate I refer to has cables on top of it.



Once that is removed, I'll have to mark the holes that the rad will affix to, and tap the thread. The holes will be on (approx.) either side of the 200mm fan on top, seen here.



Naturally, all the cables will arranged around the rad. This will take a long while to do and I can see some brackets needing to be made to ensure the rad gets affixed on the rear fan side. I'll cut them out of some alloy.

This will, without a doubt, be the single most difficult mod I've ever done. On top of that, I'm yet to find anyone else even attempt it. I'm fairly sure this will be a one of kind 902 mod.

Wish me luck. biggrin.gif
post #2 of 22
Done this in a NZXT Vulcan before, its pretty fun lol

Best of luck mate
    
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That would've been awesome! Thanks buddy. smile.gif
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Gotta love aussie thinking thumb.gif Ifyou want an easier/simpler mounting use a 38mm fan body as I've done to the rear of my TJO8-E server biggrin.gif
also allows the inside mounting of the other 25mm fan = neat and tidy biggrin.gif




You can lift the case with the rad although not a regular thing.

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post #5 of 22
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Nah, i'll stick to all 25mm thick fans. Makes it slightly simpler. That and the top mount is the only real way to do it in the Antec as it has no bottom mounted fans. frown.gif
post #6 of 22
Sounds like a fun time. Just don't screw it up. That would really suck lol.
post #7 of 22
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REVISION V1.2.

So, after numerous measurements and drawings, I have realised that the rad will not slide in the drive bays as planned, due to the height of my RAM.

What I have therefore planned is a cutout of the top bay, as illustrated in red there. As for the metal edges, I'll use some rubber U-channel to finish it off nicely.



This coincides nicely, as that cut will line up with the removal of the plate to mount the rad. As for the IO cables from the top panel, I'm going to use a holesaw to cut out a hole to run them through, then use some braided extensions (They are so bloody short considering the design) and cut another hole beneath the motherboard and put a grommet in, so they'll appear nicely on the motherboard from under it. I'll also probably do the same for the SATA cables.

Haha, thanks Aesonus biggrin.gif I don't really plan to, which is why I'm doing so much planning. I just hope that it turns out really nice when I finish it.
post #8 of 22
I was scared to death to make one hole in my case (for a fill port). I finally did it and I am glad cause it looks good. I need to make another hole too. I think I'm addicted to modding now smile.gif
But yeah, I can't wait to see what you come up with.
post #9 of 22
Good stuff.
I fit my loop into my old antec 300, which i think is even smaller than your 900.

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post #10 of 22
That looks pretty nice if I do say so myself. I've actually got a new case though. I wanted more room with better radiator options, so I picked up the Core V71 by Thermaltake. I just haven't updated my rigs lol.

I also really like the idea of using a u channel. I haven't even heard of something like that. I guess I have to visit the hardware store more often.
Edited by Aesonus - 10/8/14 at 6:08pm
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