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Ok, I have a problem that I would like your input on. Im going to be upgrading next month sometime (look @ sig) and I want to move my radiator. I have a CM stacker, with 12x 5.25 bays. Id like to mount my radiator standing up, in 7 of those bays. The problem is, I have 4 things that HAVE to be on the front panel, and another 3 drives that dont have anywhere to go but in the front. Which means I have 5 drive bays left. So I see a few options:

I could mount the radiator on top (or in the top, where the PSU normally goes), but this would make the air bubbles do there, and be a PITA to bleed off. I could mount it on the back, but it would block all my connectors. I could mount it in the bottom, where it is now, but it is rather in the way, and makes for a very messy setup.

If I go with the front mounted radiator, where can I put my hard drives? the top PSU bay would be great, but I dont have anything to mount it there (Unless I make something). What soft of ideas might be out there for what I can do?
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I'd mount it on the back on a rad-box...The rad-box is a box in a box and just slides apart, only 4 little screws holding it together its real easy to take apart if you need to to get to something...

...http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/mciraho.html
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Deleted the post, because I just remeasured and my radiator is 6.25" wide. Wont fit mounted in front 5.25" bays

So, I can mount the radiator in the bottom where the optional PSU goes, on the back, or in the top/on the top, or outside like Ira-k suggested. Any more suggestions?
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post #4 of 8
On the back ... similar to Apollo4g's setup ... you could even mount it within a radbox by one of the long sides of the rad to the back edge of the tower ... that way you could use hinges for mounting brackets so that it could swing in and out as you need access to the rear of your case.

I have the exact same case, but I'm building a full cooling cabinet to house my rads, pumps, fans, and separate power supply for the items just mentioned.

My hoses will be entering/exiting through my upper power supply bay since the top of my reservoir will be just a bit taller than the tower.
post #5 of 8
You could mount it externally on the side panel, that way air bubbles wont get trapped inside it and it still leaves you with all your drive bays free...

Also means its gettin a supply of cool air to it as oppose to warm air from inside the case...

Ive just done this to my 360 rad, theres plents of pics of it on the first page of my build (below) if you wanna look.
    
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Mount the radiator on the top of the case then mount the PSU in the bottom so that you vent the air from the PSU directly out.

For example, this is what I have done so far with my case and my 480GTX. I mounted it at the top with the fans on top pulling air from inside the case to the outside (4x 115cfm panaflos). It will still use up the top portion of the bays (at least 2-3 bays to give clearance for my tubing. If you use a 480 you would need to modify the weird plastic piece on top or remove it. If its a different rad you would not need to. Additionally, check the gallery of Rejectcase (a friend of mine). He mounted his rad in the bottom of the case with air pulling from the ground into the case.




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post #7 of 8
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Mount the radiator on the top of the case then mount the PSU in the bottom so that you vent the air from the PSU directly out.

For example, this is what I have done so far with my case and my 480GTX. I mounted it at the top with the fans on top pulling air from inside the case to the outside (4x 115cfm panaflos). It will still use up the top portion of the bays (at least 2-3 bays to give clearance for my tubing. If you use a 480 you would need to modify the weird plastic piece on top or remove it. If its a different rad you would not need to. Additionally, check the gallery of Rejectcase (a friend of mine). He mounted his rad in the bottom of the case with air pulling from the ground into the case.
Thanks, really great info. I think I am going to mount my radiator in the bottom of the case, but not quite where the hole is. Im going to move it closer to the bays, so the pump can fit on the far left, where the auxiliary PSU normally goes. Ill simply cut out the area I need to pull air out of the bottom of the case with a hole cutter and dremel. This way, my loop will be small, contained so I can work on other parts without hoses being in the way.
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post #8 of 8
did just mount it like mine, or did you already see it and just claim it as your own idea?

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