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Cable management and removable drive cages (non-riveted) are also on the plus side. biggrin.gif
Absolutely! I just got around to removing the drive cage since I'm going to be using it for another build, not that hard but not terribly well thought out IMO.
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so you used a normal spray paint?
Yep! Rustoleum Painter's Touch Semi-Gloss White. It doesn't coat very much with each pass, but it's easy to see the the progress and with multiple coats turned out just fine as far as I'm concerned. If I were to do it again I'd take a bit more time and prime it separately then put a clear coat on, but I wanted to get it up and running ASAP, and I can't really complain about the results.
    
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Update! So after liking this build on air for a month, I have decided to watercool this beast. Since this is my first water cooling build, I had thought about going with an expandable AIO like the Swiftech H220-X and adding an extra radiator and VGA water block, but I felt limited by the AIO part of the H220-X. So I broke out the credit card and am currently waiting for delivery of the parts, listed below:

D5 Vario
Koolance pump top and reservoir
Alphacool ST30 240mm radiator (x2)
XSPC Raystorm CPU block
Alphacool GPX970 M01 VGA block
Fittings, valves, etc...

So now I'm just working on my plan of attack, and since I have seen no builds in this case that include a front-mounted radiator, I'm kind of winging it. From the looks of things, It looks like the front rad is supposed to be mounted with the nozzles at the top, but that leaves me with no real portion of the loop at the bottom for a drain valve (I don't want to tip my case in 50 different directions to drain the front rad), so we'll see how flexible it is with that.

The only other semi-interesting part of all this is that I will be
putting 2 140mm fans in the front instead of 120mm fans, even though it would be a straight fit on the radiator. The rationale behind that is to allow more air to pass around the radiator to maximize the airflow to the rest of the case (including the top-mounted radiator.

Anyhow, stay tuned, I'll try to be a little bit more "documentative"
this time around, as it will take a bit more time for me to feel
confident with my assembly skills =)
    
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Update! So after liking this build on air for a month, I have decided to watercool this beast. Since this is my first water cooling build, I had thought about going with an expandable AIO like the Swiftech H220-X and adding an extra radiator and VGA water block, but I felt limited by the AIO part of the H220-X. So I broke out the credit card and am currently waiting for delivery of the parts, listed below:

D5 Vario
Koolance pump top and reservoir
Alphacool ST30 240mm radiator (x2)
XSPC Raystorm CPU block
Alphacool GPX970 M01 VGA block
Fittings, valves, etc...

So now I'm just working on my plan of attack, and since I have seen no builds in this case that include a front-mounted radiator, I'm kind of winging it. From the looks of things, It looks like the front rad is supposed to be mounted with the nozzles at the top, but that leaves me with no real portion of the loop at the bottom for a drain valve (I don't want to tip my case in 50 different directions to drain the front rad), so we'll see how flexible it is with that.

The only other semi-interesting part of all this is that I will be
putting 2 140mm fans in the front instead of 120mm fans, even though it would be a straight fit on the radiator. The rationale behind that is to allow more air to pass around the radiator to maximize the airflow to the rest of the case (including the top-mounted radiator.

Anyhow, stay tuned, I'll try to be a little bit more "documentative"
this time around, as it will take a bit more time for me to feel
confident with my assembly skills =)

Looking forward to this. I haven't seen any evolv itx water cooled builds yet. I originally planned to get this case for WC but I just finished my Hadron Air WC and am working on a ThermalTake Core V1 WC loop as well so it won't be awhile till I get to it.

Interesting selection of parts and I'll be interested in seeing how the 2 rads work in this case. For the drain, you should be able to have a T fitting connected right before your pump/res combo which can serve as the drain. Would work just as well. Also, depending on how the ports are done on the VGA block, you might be be able to put a drain on that as well. I did that for my HA where I put a 90 degree fitting from the bottom of my VGA block with a plug that serves as my drain.

For the fans, I would recommend same size (120mm) as the rad. From my understanding, the most airflow happens around the outside blades of the fan so if there's an overlap where the fans extend past the radiator edges, you might not get the most efficient airflow through the rad. If you're concerned about fresh cool airflow into the case, you can always use the 140mm near the back of the case and mount a fan there for intake to supply the rad on top. Would work out well since you'll have a case with positive pressure. You're lucky the Evolv ITX is so big (relatively speaking) and has so many options!
   
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I'm looking forward to it, too haha. My hope with the drain is to mount the front rad nozzles down, then T it off at the input to the valve so it's semi-hidden. Saw you used the bitspower block for yours and considered it, but the Alphacool, which I'll most likely going with, has the nozzles at the back, which should lend itself well for my planned loop.

I had forgotten about the fan bit. I've got a couple 120s lying around so I'll give them a try at some point.

Only other idea I'm tossing around is whether I should mount the pump/res combo horizontally with Phanteks' pump mount, or leave the "multi-purpose" plate out and mount it vertically. Both have their benefits, but I guess we'll see once I get the pump/res and see what kind of size I'm working with.
    
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Well, I got most of my parts in the mail the other day, but I still need to order the VGA block and some assorted fittings, but I got a chance to see what I was working with inside the case. Although cavernous (compared to the Hadron Air), the case is really meant to be fitted a certain way, and there are a few roadblocks in the way. Before anyone mentions the fact that most of my problems could be solved with a rotary tool of my choice, since I have a week or two for everything to get delivered, I figured I'd see what I could do without modifying the case in any way.

First, the front 240mm radiator is really only able to be put in one way, with the nozzles up. The rails do not go all the way from the top to the bottom (like they do front to back on the top), so in order to mount it with the nozzles down, only 4 of the 8 screws are actually attached to the case. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
So nozzles up it is, but there lies another catch. In order to mount the D5 pump/res combo on the radiator, it cannot go further down than the mid plate due to a slight overhang. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
So I thought "alright, well I can use the utility plate that covers the back end of longer VGA cards that can be used with a pump bracket. Lo and behold. . .While there is a cutout for something, a 30mm radiator is too large and does not allow for it to attach properly. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
So I thought "well, maybe I should split up the pump and res and throw the pump in the 'basement' like it shows in the video. . .As you can probably guess by now, my luck is horrible. The radiator blocks off the pump mount area, making it quite useless for placing a pump down there (in the picture you can see the holes directly underneath the radiator) where the pump bracket is designed to go. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

And that's where I left off last night, rather frustrated but undeterred. I knew when it came down to it I could mount the reservoir to the radiator and secure the pump in the basement, it would just be an issue of working the tubing properly to make sure everything fit. I had nearly relegated myself to regreting not simply getting a Swiftech H220-X and just adding a radiator and VGA block.

But tonight was a new night, and after throwing some ideas in the air, I came up with a couple solutions. The utility plate and pump do not fit with a 30mm radiator, but what if I put the radiator on the outside, using the 25mm fans to pull air through it? I knew the radiator would fit since the stock fan is 200mm x 30mm. Would the extra 5mm be enough? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Nope, still a couple mm shy. But I knew if I was set on that mounting situation, I could always snag another Scythe slim fan and work it that way. Would not be the best cooling solution, but would be a way to fit it. With the fans mounted on the inside, I thought to myself "I wonder if the utility bracket where the pump might actually fit would work now. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Eureka! Well, kind of. While it fit and will more than likely work, it would be difficult to fit with the Alphacool VGA block I'm planning to use, since the nozzles are at the back (front of the case). But it is an option and leaves the reservoir attached to the pump (after the D14 is removed).

Not satisfied (the night was young, after all), I removed the utility bracket and thought "hey, could I just mount the pump to the back?" I found I could, it would just require some screws and nuts, with just a few mm to spare. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

So now I'm in an interesting predicament. I can get everything to fit, mostly, but both of my pump/res mounting solutions (aside from the slim fans) would make the bitspower water block much more advantageous. And while I would prefer the vertically-mounted pump/res, the horizontal version might be less trouble.

Any thoughts/suggestions are appreciated!
    
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I'm attempting a similar build but not going with dual 240's. Just a single 240 and a single 120

Personally I'd rather ditch the second 240 and get a 120 - gives you the option to mount the 120 at the back (leaving the front dedicated to the pump/res)
If you get the thicker versions, like I have (xt45), it gives you much more flexibility as it has more (6) G1/4 ports, which might be helpful

Wouldn't mounting the res Horizontally make it a pain to fill?

Just out of curiosity, how big/tall is your res? Wondering if you're gonna have enough space up to for the other 240 and fans
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I'm attempting a similar build but not going with dual 240's. Just a single 240 and a single 120

Personally I'd rather ditch the second 240 and get a 120 - gives you the option to mount the 120 at the back (leaving the front dedicated to the pump/res)
If you get the thicker versions, like I have (xt45), it gives you much more flexibility as it has more (6) G1/4 ports, which might be helpful

Wouldn't mounting the res Horizontally make it a pain to fill?

Just out of curiosity, how big/tall is your res? Wondering if you're gonna have enough space up to for the other 240 and fans
I really wanted the 240mm in the front, mostly just out of principle as it was advertised to support it. The more I get into this build the more I'm realizing that it really wasn't designed to support a 240 up front with the utility tray and other considerations. I'm using the 30mm versions mostly because it offers the most compatibility with my current set up, though I will definitely say that the multi-port option would be a lifesaver.

Mounting the res horizontally will mean I have to tip the case on its front to fill it, while being a minor annoyance, might not be that bad. I'm still toying with the idea of mounting it on the back wall vertically, but will be a tight squeeze with my chosen VGA block's inlet/outlet ports (/sigh, wanted the bitspower one but they were out of stock. . .until AFTER I ordered the Alphacool). However using the utility plate will also mean that replacing my graphics card will not require a complete re-work of my system, though it's looking like that's pretty much inevitable.

The res is 80mm tall by 60mm wide, attached to the pump top. I would have a few more options if I used it as a stand-alone res and move the pump to the bottom (where there's plenty of room), but at this rate the complexity of this setup has ballooned way out of proportion. In my last update, the picture with the pump on the mid-plate actually has the res in front with the fans seen in a pull config, which is the only way to fit that utility bracket in there. With the rad attached on the inside it will not fit. Minor annoyances that just seem to add up haha.

Anyhow, tonight I plan to do a mock-up to get a feel for the scale and how everything will fit (one of the biggest problems I had coming into this project. I really had no clue how big all of these parts (mostly the pump/res) were, and it was throwing me off. Hopefully my VGA block and random bits will be here tomorrow, so perhaps I will have some better answers then. Regardless I'll try to post some pictures of the mock-up.

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Mounting the res horizontally will mean I have to tip the case on its front to fill it, while being a minor annoyance, might not be that bad. I'm still toying with the idea of mounting it on the back wall vertically, but will be a tight squeeze with my chosen VGA block's inlet/outlet ports (/sigh, wanted the bitspower one but they were out of stock. . .until AFTER I ordered the Alphacool). However using the utility plate will also mean that replacing my graphics card will not require a complete re-work of my system, though it's looking like that's pretty much inevitable.

The res is 80mm tall by 60mm wide, attached to the pump top. I would have a few more options if I used it as a stand-alone res and move the pump to the bottom (where there's plenty of room), but at this rate the complexity of this setup has ballooned way out of proportion. In my last update, the picture with the pump on the mid-plate actually has the res in front with the fans seen in a pull config, which is the only way to fit that utility bracket in there. With the rad attached on the inside it will not fit. Minor annoyances that just seem to add up haha.
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Return the alphacool block and get the bitspower one. The BP GPU is a lot better looking and the port placement gives way more options for tube routing IMO. I used the exact same GPU and gpu block in my build. I would try and move the res and pump to separate locations as it gives you more flexibility. I had initially bought an EK combo res/pump for my Hadron build that I ended up not using because of space limitations. Having a more complex loop isn't always a bad thing as you have more options on placement for both performance and aesthetics.
   
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I really dig your build and you've sold me on the Evolv case, nice work!
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Well, after bashing my hands a few times and scaring the dogs with some choice explatives, I got everything fitted and running. First pass had a couple of loose fittings so I had to mop up and basically disassemble the whole thing, but after a couple short runs the only issue I had was the funnel to fill tube connection which dumped some water on the fans. Ran the pump all night (using another power supply) and letting thi gs dry out. Really wasn't that bad just a few drops here and there, just being extra cautious.

I'll get some pictures up as soon as I can, hopefully tomorrow!
    
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