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Hi,
I recently had the idea of creating a rack mounted workstation so that all my gear (I am a sound engineer) can be kept neat and tidy. This rig has to be water cooled as it will be around other pieces of equipment that tend to get pretty warm too and noise is a concern. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find a rack mountable case that will accept three 120mm fans to mount a radiator.
Any help and advice is appreciated,
Blizzard
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What are you going to do when the loop leaks and it drips onto the other racks? Do you have contingency plans?
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What are you going to do when the loop leaks and it drips onto the other racks? Do you have contingency plans?

I have a drawer between the workstation and the rest of the rack. I shall also be doing all testing outside the rack for ease of access etc.
Edited by TwistedBlizzard - 10/18/14 at 3:38pm
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Hmm, nice that works. Let me guess external rads, long tube run to rack? You don't want to put a rad into a hotspace, as kills the rads efficiency.
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Hmm, nice that works. Let me guess external rads, long tube run to rack? You don't want to put a rad into a hotspace, as kills the rads efficiency.

That was my initial thought but it looks like I'm going to have to make my own mounting plate for the radiator to mount it in the rack. Closest thing I've found is this but the hole spacings don't look the right distance apart to mount the radiator. I may be totally wrong of course!
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It would be difficult, but very possible with some modding. Here's what I would do:

Buy one 4U rackmount chassis, then buy another either 4U or 2U (depending on whether or not you want full-size expansion cards). What I would do is completely gut the 4U to basically just a shell. Plan on having the 2U or 4U as the component chassis. Shove all of the watercooling equipment such as the rads, fans, pumps, etc into the 4U, and have a hose leave the 4U externally through the bottom of the chassis, and through holes cut into the top of the other 2U/4U chassis. Leave 1U of space in between both chassis for the hose.

I think it would be a lot of work, but in the end it would be pretty cool, plus the added benefit of the rads being cooled without any heat from the equipment heating them up. I would say you could even get a second small psu to power just the 4U with the watercooling hardware. All-in-all I think this would be a great project.
    
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I've had a breakthrough! I will use an online laser cutting service to make a custom mount for the radiator. This turns out to be a massively cheaper option than buying another case and modifying it. I will still cut holes in the top of the chassis for the pipes and also the cables to power the fans. I'm really looking forward to this build and I shall most likely create a build log to keep those who are interested updated.
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How much is a custom mount online? You can pick up a brand-new 4U case from Newegg for $53 plus shipping.
    
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How much is a custom mount online? You can pick up a brand-new 4U case from Newegg for $53 plus shipping.

The custom mount is £17.61 inc. shipping
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The custom mount is £17.61 inc. shipping

Well if you think you can shove enough rads and cooling gear into a 4U, then have fun!
    
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