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Yeah, I did look at those as well. I did a lot of perusing around Newegg and such for popular cases. I'm afraid those just don't have the look I'm going for. I guess at some point I have to decide between function and aesthetics.

Did you check out the CaseLab cases? wink.gif

it has both aesthetics and funtion
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CaseLab cases definitely look great! They also look phenomenal to water cool in. That said, they're pretty pricey. They're also a lot more industrially styled, which isn't really what I'm going for.

I wanted to thank you guys for the guidance. After doing a lot more research and taking some time to try to mock up a setup I think I know what I'm going for.

I'm going to switch to the Phanteks Evolv ATX, since that case has a bit more room to work in than the P400S while still keeping the more understated look I'm going for. It looks like I can easily fit the 360 rad from EK in front, plus add a Hardware Labs Nemesis 280 GTS XFLOW up top for more cooling.

I also decided I'm going to go full in and do hard acrylic tubing instead of soft tube like I was thinking initially. It doesn't seem like it will be super difficult if I get a nice kit (like the Monsoon one) for bending, and it will look cleaner. Plus, it looks like fun biggrin.gif

@Radnad: I did a lot more reading on the Evolv ATX and I think I found the issues you were mentioning. It seems the top is pretty restrictive, so when it's used as exhaust with a 280 rad hot air can recirculate back into the case. That said, the owner's club has posts from several guys who said the issue is easily fixed by blocking off the empty spots in the top rad mount with something like sound deadening material. That's both cheap and should help with noise, if anything. Thanks for pointing out the issues!

Here's a rough idea of what I'm looking to do. Keep in mind a lot of the items here are not properly drawn/measured as I couldn't find accurate measurements or proper models for a lot of the parts (e.g., the blocks):




I'll add a ball valve on the end of the bottom 45 degree fitting for a drain line.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by kriz225 View Post

CaseLab cases definitely look great! They also look phenomenal to water cool in. That said, they're pretty pricey. They're also a lot more industrially styled, which isn't really what I'm going for.

I wanted to thank you guys for the guidance. After doing a lot more research and taking some time to try to mock up a setup I think I know what I'm going for.

I'm going to switch to the Phanteks Evolv ATX, since that case has a bit more room to work in than the P400S while still keeping the more understated look I'm going for. It looks like I can easily fit the 360 rad from EK in front, plus add a Hardware Labs Nemesis 280 GTS XFLOW up top for more cooling.

I also decided I'm going to go full in and do hard acrylic tubing instead of soft tube like I was thinking initially. It doesn't seem like it will be super difficult if I get a nice kit (like the Monsoon one) for bending, and it will look cleaner. Plus, it looks like fun biggrin.gif

@Radnad: I did a lot more reading on the Evolv ATX and I think I found the issues you were mentioning. It seems the top is pretty restrictive, so when it's used as exhaust with a 280 rad hot air can recirculate back into the case. That said, the owner's club has posts from several guys who said the issue is easily fixed by blocking off the empty spots in the top rad mount with something like sound deadening material. That's both cheap and should help with noise, if anything. Thanks for pointing out the issues!

Here's a rough idea of what I'm looking to do. Keep in mind a lot of the items here are not properly drawn/measured as I couldn't find accurate measurements or proper models for a lot of the parts (e.g., the blocks):
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


I'll add a ball valve on the end of the bottom 45 degree fitting for a drain line.

#1. Nice mockup!
#2. Really nice mockup, looks amazing!
#3. Did I mention that mockup looks awesome, can't wait to see that thing built!
#4. Sorry I didn't get back around to responding, but I'm glad you found the answers you needed.

"Let's get it on!"
 
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post #14 of 15
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Thanks! I can't take much credit, since all the models (save for the top rad, tubing & fittings) were obtained from around the web. Definitely helped with getting some issues sorted out prior to ordering the parts, though!

Speaking of, I'll be ordering the parts within the next week or so. I'll definitely post the results for anyone interested thumb.gif
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