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Just got done building this puppy a couple weeks ago but never got around to snapping pics...

I actually built this at work to cool one of our pieces of equipment, but it could easily be adapted for PC cooling.



I built the enclosure out of .062" mild steel and .05" perforated sheet, and had it powdercoated gloss black at a local shop to match the radiator.



It has three internal panaflow fans loaded in a push configuration. The fan speed is controlled by an internal board-mounted IC that senses the water temperature and throttles the fans accordingly. A mag drive 120VAC centrifugal pump is mounted inside with the reservoir directly attached. The tubing is 3/8" black nylon with instant tube fittings, and as you can see I installed quick disconnects for the outputs. The connector you see between the two disconnects supplies the power, and also is wired to an internal flow-sensing switch. The cap next to it is for the fuse.

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Wow! I like it, good work.
How much does it cost to powdercoat anyhow?
    
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Very nice...This is what I did with mine...It has 4 108cfm Sunon and 4 115cfm Panaflo in matched pairs from front to back...
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That is a really great idea. I love the IC controlled fans--and overall look of the unit is simply awesome. I can see how you could easily add a relay and a few additional parts to make a killer LC system for any rig.

Very very nice indeed.

And I thought you only made case badges and CNC relay enclosures.
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very nice...the only external watercooling setup i've found so far that i've liked!
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Wow...that's sharp. I bet you could sell those like hotcakes!
    
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The cost (and quality) of powdercoating varies greatly with the shop you have it done by. It is a very simple process with oftentimes great results, but with a little bit of inattention can be pretty ugly. I lucked out and made friends with the operators of a small shop down the street, and for projects like this where I give them raw metal which needs no prep I usually can get it done for $30-40 as long as it is a common color. The best thing I can recommend is to shop around locally and see if you can hit it off with one of the smaller operations. As with many things in life, a friendly conversation with a stranger can carry you very far.

haha, nice ira-k... not designed for silence (neither was the one I built) but I bet it will knock some papers off the desk and cool like crazy.

I may actually design this into a product as I haven't really seen any true "enthusiast level" WC in a box setups from anywhere. I definitely would change a couple things for the PC market but the overall idea would be the same.
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I know I don't need one but I Want one
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Very sharp, as again said, this is one of the nicest external water cooling setups I've ever seen.. you surely could make a lot of money with a product like this.
    
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AWESOME!

Why 3/8" tubing? Also, any chance of getting black screws to make it look even nastier!?
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