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Future HTPC build: How to make it fit?!

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Ok guys, need some help on this one. When I get back I'd like to do a new HTPC build but I'm struggling to find the best way to mount the Black Ice GTS 360 I intend to use in the case. I also need to find a spot for the D5 pump.

I already have the case, so I'm kinda locked in to that, but modding it is ALWAYS an option


Here's a quick pic of the inside of the case




Any input/adivce is GREATLY appreciated!
    
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How much modding are you prepared to do? . . I would mount to the top blowing out . . but that depends on what mobo you have and clearence issues. . or you can cut the right side (looking from the front of the case) and have the rad blow out the side with the pump and/or res to the left of it.

also consider getting rid of those 40mm b/c they will kill the silence often sought after in HTPC builds
 
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There is no limit to the amount of modding I'm willing to, the problem is the length of radiator prohibits mounting on the top or bottom and still being internal.

The only reasonable idea I have so far is to mount it on the side panel, but clearance will be a serious issue.

I do plan to ditch the 60mm fans,they just worthless.
    
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oh they're 60mm . .. can you post a pic w/ the rad and case side by side for comparison . .I think im having a hard time visualizing the size of the rad in relation to the case.
 
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wish I could, but I'm overseas for a bit.

case dimensions are 14.5" (H) x 5.5" (W) x 18" (D).

rad dimensions are 15.6" (L) x 5.25" (W) x 1.25" (D)
    
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Wow that is a different looking case. Waht is the name of this case?

Are those exhaust fans like 40mm?
Does the PSU go in the front and is that why there is a AC cord running along the bottom?

And it looks to me like the top would be the only place to mount it. All you would need to do is cut out part of the top.
Seems to me your choices are, cut the top, cut the front *which would b harder and look worse probably*, or mount it on the back, which would be hard with those tiny exhaust vents.
post #7 of 7
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name of the case is nmedia HTPC 300BA, and yeah it's pretty unique, but CHEAP lol

exhaust fans are 60mm, yeah, they are worthless. Yeah the front slot is for the PSU, which is mounted vertically.

Mounting on the top or bottom is going to be nearly impossible because the case is maybe 1/8" wider than the rad on each side.

The best idea I've come up with so far is mounting it on the side panel (which isn't visible in the pics). Problem is, it's still going to be a tight fit and I still only be able to mount 2 fans to it.

I thought about hanging it off the back, but since the intent is to slide this into the entertainment center (horizontaly) it would end up sticking out....


lol, this one is tough, but there HAS to be a way


the other option I thought of is possibly making a detached rad box which also houses the pump. This would also give me the option of mounting the IR receiver for the MCE remote.

think that may be the best/only option
    
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