Originally Posted by ShelaMonster
Hello everyone, new user here and been a long time lurker/guest among the forum as a whole, but wanted to post in here because I recently purchased a P5 Core (despite a P3 just being announced, which I *think* I would rather have/need) and I had a few questions.
Current setup is a x99 GODLIKE E-ATX with the Water 3.0 Ultimate CPU cooler.
Now I know the P5 doesn't play nice with AIO setups unless you get the adapters (which I'd rather avoid because they seem tacky) or you do some tube stretching. (also trying to avoid)
I figured as a way to do some better airflow, I would mount the radiator where the fan/rad towards the mobo rather than flush against the chassis.
I know this isn't ideal, but I don't want to do any cutting/drilling and I figure the air over the mobo wouldn't be such a bad thing.
I am considering going push/pull on the build, but I stumbled across something I think would work and wanted an opinion on.
This would in theory mount to the areas already available on the P5 Core, and allow fans/hoses to face the CPU as well to help with cooling and not stretching the hoses.
Other alternative would be a custom "hammock" or railing of sorts which would go from the top front bar to the top back bar and would position the AIO above the mobo.
I don't have the budget for a custom loop, and honestly outside of AIOs, doing watercooling is just not something I'm comfortable with.
The Phobya mounts work pretty well . . . .
For an AIO, you would just need one, . . . .
Be careful though, and make sure you have enough gasket thickness between the plate and rad so that the plate doesn't lever against the rad's end tanks eventually creating a leak.
You'll also likely have to relieve some area at the tubes end, unless you can put the bracket to the opposite side.
Last pic below is a Tt Lanbox Lite, (Custom Snow Edition) I did years ago with an AIO, you can see the 7mm thick rubber gasket between the black rad and the white plate
For full thickness rads, especially with push - pull fans, I always use 1 mounting bracket on each side and cut away the feet to the insides so I have just 4 mounting feet that are easy to work with.
I also recommend cutting the top portion off so it's the same height as the rad, rather than having the bracket sticking up. . . . Looks sooo much cleaner . .
In the pics is the 480 I'm setting up for my P5, you can see the 2 Phobya mounting brackets with the tops cut down and the ends where the ports are cut back to allow easy port access on both sides of the rad.
Hopefully, I'll get a dry weekend coming up so I can paint them . . .