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Alright guys. So over Christmas break, I had sometime to myself and some extra $$$ so I invested in WC. I got it all together and working thanks to people in the forums here. I didn't make a build log when I first put it together, but I had some (what I believe to be) innovative ideas that I hope will help some of you out.

Lately I realized I wanted to change the fans on the radiator, so I figured I would take some pictures of a new way to put a radiator in a TT Armor.

So, everyone knows what an armor looks like Their massive amounts of front bays is the perfect place to put a radiator. I mean... heck, I'm only using 2 of them for my opticals.
So what I did was attach my radiator to the iCage that comes with the case. Here's a picture of the finished product:




I had a hard time trying to figure out how to get the two parts together. I think I could have used a small "HDD" screw, but i had a riviter sitting around and figured that would hold everything together better. Note that i couldn't get into the bottom two holes on the iCage, so I had to leave those holes open.



I made sure the put the radiator facing up (with the barbs at the top end) so the pump would be able to fit under it. This also gives room for some wiring too.




But this topic isn't so much about that mod as it is about my FM121 mod. As stated, I wanted new fans for my radiator and inside the case. The Blue LED fans that I had were making it harder to sleep, so i got fans that can run quite and don't have LED's. I wanted to have access to all the knobs of the fans, so i had to figure out a way to consolidate. What better way to do it than to use another drive bay? (not like i don't have 9 of them). I took one of the drive covers and put 3 holes in it... one for each controller that came with the fans.

First I had to remove the potentiometers from the sheet metal that came with the fans. This was easy enough, a little pressure on the silver knob and it just popped off. After that I just had to turn a nut and everything came apart just how i wanted it to.

"Controller" out of the box:



"Knob" removed:



Disassembled, and the tool used to get the small nut off:



If you know much about electronics, you'll know that the controller is simply a potentiometer or variable resistor. I decided to check to see how much each was just incase I decided to replace them with something cooler later (I'm looking to get slide potentiometers some time in the future ).
Typical Potentiometer:



Electricians best friend (they're only $30.... and very useful) a digital multimeter. OCers may want to find one that has a thermocouple on it so they can read tempratures.




Now that everything is disassembled, I have to put it all somewhere...namely in the bay cover.

Ideally what I want the finished product to look like:



Punching holes in it:



Fitting the pots into the bay cover:

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I'll show you the finished product of that later. Right now I want to show you some tricks if you do the radiator mod I described above. As you can see below I have my fans on my radiator. I have the radiator on the iCage, and the iCage is installed into the case. Please note that to hide the wiring well, it's necessary to do this stuff with the plastic front off. It gives you more room to move and provides more access to holes to slide wires through.



Working on wiring:



Here is where I slid the wires from the controller cover through. From there they can hide on the back side of the bay rack and still get to the fans.



Useful tool I came across when working on this. I used the tape to hold back the yellow wires. Right now I have no plan of attaching them to my mobo because they are too short, so I'll just hide them behind my radiator. Tell me if you can even see where I used the tape



The next two pictures are images of the wiring done. Most of the wiring hides behind the plastic front piece or on the side of the case with out the window. It would be nice if I could make a black steel sheet to cover up the gaps in the sides, but you'll see later that the gaps are not that big of a deal.

(kinda dark because of the lighting...)

Closer:


Now for the final pictures of my mods:

This one is of the doors open. Note that you can install a bay cover to hide where the barbs come out of the radiator. It makes for a cleaner look. You can also see the finished controller cover.



Here is a picture with the doors closed. The doors do not cover up too much of the fans, but do hide the gaps very well.





Well, I hope that you enjoy my mods.

AE
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Nice work man! I never though about attaching it to the icage in my armor! :-/

edit: work* not word. . hehe
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I have the GTX360 rad and never thought of it either mine simply sits there with some steel guides to make sure it doesn't fall, etc.
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nice look! ..good way to ventilate the case too!
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Nice work man! I never though about attaching it to the icage in my armor! :-/

edit: work* not word. . hehe

Yea... it's tough to attach it and you can't do a push/pull setup, but it's effective enough.

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I have the GTX360 rad and never thought of it either mine simply sits there with some steel guides to make sure it doesn't fall, etc.
I'm not sure about a 360... this one takes up 7 slots as it is. If you did a 360, you'd be taking up 10. Only have 1 5.25 left over for buttons... or optical. Ideally the 240 works best for this setup.

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nice look! ..good way to ventilate the case too!
Yup! Keeps air moving through the case. I've been thinking about turning the fans around (air goes in the back out the front) as that would keep the fans from blowing the hot air into the case, but i haven't had any temp problems.
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your temps will be better the way you have it now, as they as sucking fresh air into the rad...turning them would draw the warmer air into the radiator.
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your temps will be better the way you have it now, as they as sucking fresh air into the rad...turning them would draw the warmer air into the radiator.
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Fantastic JOB!
Thanks

I wish I could show the extent of my modding skills a bit more, but between working 40+ hrs a week and taking 2 afternoon classes I don't get home most days till after 8. If my plan goes how I hope it to though, I'll try to do a full mod next summer and encorporate a new build into it after the case is finished
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Awesome! I was thinking about doing this with my triple rad but couldn't figure out how to incorporate it into the front of the case.

EDIT::
I just saw the post about the 360. When i geet mine in ill test it out and see how it fits.

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