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[Build Log] Thermaltake Armor+ Strip Down - Watercooling

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I purchased a Thermaltake Armor+ full tower for my first computer build in 2008 and kept the case around after my next build went into a Corsair Air 540. The Armor+ was getting some good usage my folding case but it was bulky, heavy and there was a lot of plastic everywhere. Searching for a new case that would contain my current components and some new watercooling parts gave me unsatisfactory results. So I decided to use the armor+ for my new watercooled setup but I wanted to strip the case down to its steel base and perform some modifications to the existing chassis.

Original ARMOR+ (Image from internet) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Existing Components:
CPU: Intel i5 3570K
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V Pro
RAM: G. SKILL Ripjaws Z series 16GB 2133
GPU1: HIS ICEQX^2 7950
GPU2: HIS ICEQX^2 7950
SSD: Samsung 830
HDD: WD Black 2TB
PSU: SeaSonic X750 Gold
Fan Constroller: NZXT Sentry Mix 2
Fans: 7x Rosewill Hyperborea 120mm

Watercooling Components:
2x EK Coolstream PE 360 RAD (Push setup)
EK Supremacy EVO Acetal Nickel Water Block
2x EK-FC7970 - Nickel + Acetal CSQ Water Block
EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM
Rigid Revolver Compression Fitting 3/8" x 1/2"
PrimoChill 1/2in Rigid PETG Tubing


Instead of mounting the radiators in more traditional ways, at the bottom or top of a case, I wanted to mount them similar to larger cases that have peditals (see sketch below) but vertical. The work required to do so is some minor cutting of a 5.25 bays. One will be left for a fan controller and the rest will be cut out. Additionally I need to cut two radiator mounts so that they can be mounted vertically next to each other. If anyone has any suggestions on the best methods to create a radiator mount please feel free to share.

Quick Sketch of Radiator Placement Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Potential Loop Flow Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


I will post some pictures of the stripped down case and some of the watercooling goodies in one day. Then updated pictures to follow.

Expected timeline:
2 weeks for cutting and mounting
1 week for priming and final painting of case
1/2 week for install of water blocks
2 weeks for install of components
1 week for final testing
1 week for overclocking

Follow along if you would like.
 
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Reserved for final pictures. thumb.gif
 
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modded his case a little bit and was able to fit a 480 in the top and a 360 in the bottom. Not that there is anything wrong with your plan just thought I would put my .02 in
This could have looked a lt nicer if I put a little more time into it but was just holding me over until I got my 900D
This case is now in pieces and is in the plans of a full case mod......... just need to find time and have to wait until summer
here are some pics of what it looked like before I completely tore it down Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




Good luck and have fun with it

ps. just read that you don't want to mount at the top and bottom oops..
Edited by MNModder - 1/26/16 at 10:52am
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Originally Posted by MNModder View Post

modded his case a little bit and was able to fit a 480 in the top and a 360 in the bottom. Not that there is anything wrong with your plan just thought I would put my .02 in
This could have looked a lt nicer if I put a little more time into it but was just holding me over until I got my 900D
This case is now in pieces and is in the plans of a full case mod......... just need to find time and have to wait until summer
here are some pics of what it looked like before I completely tore it down Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




Good luck and have fun with it

ps. just read that you don't want to mount at the top and bottom oops..

Cool! I never thought about moving the PSU to a different area. Without moving the PSU you can only really fit a 280 or less up there. Thanks for sharing!

And good luck on the full case mod in the next couple of weeks!
 
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Some pictures of some minor updates:

Thermaltake Armor + stripped down side and front views
side Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


front Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



Mock visual for location of radiators:




Water Cooling parts and some sleeved cables:


one extra Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

photos courtesy of iPhone 6.
 
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Instead of cutting my own radiator mounts I have decided to go with some premade ones that will fit very nicely in the proposed space. It turns out case labs has some really nice looking, well made radiator mounts (Drop-in Radiator Side Mount - S8 and S8S) so I am going to give these a go and see how they physically fit in the case. The measurements look good in theory.



More to come when these guys come in.
 
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Sweet, you might look for a crossflow radiator too, that could clean up your tubing runs a lot

I have an original Tt Armor, looks like a very similar interior to that just a lot more basic on the outside. From my first PC I built biggrin.gif

Still in service as a troubleshooting/testing PC.
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Quote:
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Sweet, you might look for a crossflow radiator too, that could clean up your tubing runs a lot

I have an original Tt Armor, looks like a very similar interior to that just a lot more basic on the outside. From my first PC I built biggrin.gif

Still in service as a troubleshooting/testing PC.

The cross flow radiator would have been nice but already got the two radiators on the list. thumb.gif

The Tt Armor/+ is a solid case and well made so I am pretty excited to use it again.
 
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