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Im starting to get everything I need to finish the build! All I'm waiting for at this point is the waterblocks for the 980's which are on their way. So hopefully by this time next week she'll be all done and running!

Today I received the radiators I'll be using to cool everything. The 2x Alphacool NexXxos ST30 240 and 1x ST30 120. I only use Alphacool radiators in my builds, to my knowledge they are the only radiators on the market that are made almost entirely out of copper. The important thing here is that the fins are made out of copper and not aluminum. In a build like this where there isnt a lot of room, you need to make the space you do have perform as efficiently as possible, short of a radiator being made out of a precious metal that has better conductive qualities than copper (like silver or gold), these are the best radiators on the market (IMO). Not to mention, with an almost all copper radiator, they reduce your chances of electrolysis occurring in your loop, so long as you use all copper blocks, like I do. The final thing I like about Alphacool rads is that they are relatively low fin density, which allows me to run my fans at lower RPM's, which keeps everything quiet.

I reached out to Alphacool to sponsor me for this built, but unfortunatly they declined. That didnt stop me from happily shelling out my hard earned money for them anyway. They are the best.

Anyway! Here they are! So pretty!


In this picture, you can really see the copper fins on the radiators. Another thing I like about these radiators is that while they do have copper fins, they DID NOT paint over them ( much ) which would have severely reduced the cooling capability.


A pic of all the radiators that will be in this build a combined of surface area of a 560mmx120mm of copper finned radiator goodness. These build is going to be nice and cold, but more importantly, quiet wink.gif


Also, this is why you flush your radiators kiddies. See all those black specs, each one of those would be bad news bears for your pump!
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So first thing I did with the new radiators is remove the " Acool " decal off the show side of each of the new radiators!

It was a PITA and took forever


Here is the case with all the radiators installed! Things are starting to get tight in there! Keep in mind Is till need to shove two GTX 980's in there!


In the next couple pictures, you can get an idea of how tight things are and just how challenging plumbing this is going to be!

Here you can see that the fan from the top radiator is actually touching the radiator on the back. Also, getting an 8pin CPU cable to that CPU power plug is going to be difficult. You can also see that there is about 1/16" clearance between the motherboard and the fans on the top radiator


Here you can see how tight the barbs from the front rad and the top rad are, its going to be challenging getting tubing on those barbs, but I dont think impossible.


To give the barbs from the front and top radiators as much space as possuble, I had to set the fans up as "PULL" on the front radiator


Ive never done just pull on a radiator before, but I stuck a small piece of napkin on the front intake and was delighted to see that the air current from the fans pulling air through the radiator, kept it there!



Thats all for now!
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Looking very slick! subbed!
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Thanks man! Im going to put everything in the case and get it powered up for the first time tonight. I still havent had a chance to test the new motherboard.
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Cool build smile.gif Although, if you're looking for feedback (read: criticism), I'd say there is a compromise being made in this build....The compromise of space.


At 38L, your case is bigger than some ATX cases!
    
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Cool build smile.gif Although, if you're looking for feedback (read: criticism), I'd say there is a compromise being made in this build....The compromise of space.


At 38L, your case is bigger than some ATX cases!
Isn't it 28L? Here's my list of radiator accommodating cases (plus some non-accommodating for reference)... I only know of one matx case that's smaller (Nova), nevermind atx...

L3 - 215 x 95 x 221 mm - 4.5L
SG05 - 222 mm (W) x 176 mm (H) x 276 mm (D), 10.8 liters
M1 - 12.6L
FTZ01 - 376mm (W) x 107mm (H) x 351mm (D), 14 liters
ML07 - 382mm (W) x 105mm (H) x 350mm (D), 14 liters
Compact Splash - 290mm (H) x 170mm (W) x 310mm (D), 15.7L
Nova - 17L
FT03-Mini - 188.9mm(W)x 397mm(H)x235.1mm(D), 17.6 liters
Node 304 - (W x H x D): 250 x 210 x 374 mm - 19.635L
C3 -Height x Width x Depth 356 x 211 x 287 mm - 21.56L
PC-Q19 - 19.33" x 6.30" x 11.26” - 22.47L
SG11 - 270 mm (W) x 212 mm (H) x 393 mm (D), 22.5L
SG12 - 266 mm (W) x 210 mm (H) x 407 mm (D), 22.7 liters
UMX3 - 188MM (W) * 358MM (D) * 365MM (H) 24.5L
Hyperion - lwh - 373x275x268 - 27.49L
PC-Q35 - (W) 210mm (H) 305mm (D) 456mm - 29.2L
TJ08-E - 210mm(W) x 374mm(H) x 385mm(D), 30.2 liters
PhantoCase - 370x215x400 - 31.9L
FT03 - 235mm(W)x487mm(H)x284mm(D), 32.5 liters
PC-V354 - (W) 245mm (H) 320mm (D) 420mm - 32.93L
Evolv ITX - 230 mm x 375 mm x 395 mm - 34L
UMX2 -Height x Width x Depth 445 x 200 x 421 mm - 37.46L
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Cool build smile.gif Although, if you're looking for feedback (read: criticism), I'd say there is a compromise being made in this build....The compromise of space.


At 38L, your case is bigger than some ATX cases!

That is true, there are much smaller M-ATX cases. I could have gone with a Case like the Rosewill Legact U3,it is much smaller, but it has zero room for any kind of water cooling gear. I would have been able to fit all the hardware in it, sure, but the system would have been very noisy.

I chose the Raidmax Hyperion because it has a small footprint, just 10.75" x 14", but still lets me cram enough watercooling gear in there to make things inaudible. The Hyperion takes up a lot less space on my desk than my current case, the Fractal Arc Midi R2, so for me, this is a considerably smaller case haha.

The goal of this build is to jam enough hardware into a small case, while making it near silent. I simply could not have done that with a smaller case!

Thanks for the feedback smile.gif Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! thumb.gif
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Thanks man! Im going to put everything in the case and get it powered up for the first time tonight. I still havent had a chance to test the new motherboard.

Good luck with the power up - Fingers crossed it all works out well.
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Fingers crossed that the PSU doesn't pop...again.
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