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How do you get a rear radiator to clear dual VGA cables?

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the de rigeur Swiftech mount, with the four included extensions, is about 50mm off the back. However, it appears at least 75mm is needed to clear the cable and its noise surpression device. The cable is under where the fan would be.

How do you get around this? Presumably, many here are using dual monitors.

Thanks,

David
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Yeah, I have this problem. Not only this, but my case (the cosmos) has a bit that protrudes over the screw holes on the outside, meaning I can't mount a rad there. Really annoying.
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Radiator mounts seems to be one place where the manufacturers have not kept up with the need. Pretty much everyone recommends the RadBox but the Radbox doesn't get the radiator very far away from the case. Yea, you can stack 2 of them but then it starts looking funky in my opinion. I'm putting a PA120.3 on the back of an Aurora so I'm been researching this a lot lately. I believe I finally have a good solution.

What I did was to get some brackets cut from aluminum.
http://www.onlinemetals.com/merchant...p=2&top_cat=60 I used the 4 inch and had them custom cut to 1/2" wide. Much more affordable than you might guess if you've never used this company. The only problem is that the "web" (the wide part of the short legs) creates an angled surface on the inside. Not sure yet how I will deal with that, Dremel it flat where the bolt head will be I suppose.

Another option for your particular situation might be to use DVI cables with right-angle heads (google "right-angle dvi cable"). Never used them before but seems it would do the trick. Hope this helps.
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Look at By-Tor's dual rad installation. It may give you inspiration:

http://i15.tinypic.com/7wzsg07.jpg
post #5 of 24
i'm selling this, but just to give you a general idea. go to home depot and get some mounts. measure and drill 4 holes into the left side of the back and mount it through with long 3'' screws into the rad and 4 pc screws to hold the mount on the pc

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Here is how I solved it:
  1. Bought some aluminum tubes, 1/8" ID at the hardware store, maybe $2, and 4 3" 6-32 screws.
  2. Cut the tubes to 4 pieces 25mm, 4 pieces 75mm with a Dremel
  3. Mounted the Radbox backplate with the 75mm spacers, and a 6-32 nut and washer holding the screw to the case.
  4. Mounted the radiator the the box with the 25mm spacers.
  5. Assembled it.

The box sits 4" from theback of the case. It seems more than sturdy enough for its weight. I image the 4 screws holding the Radbox to its backplate are still the weakest part, followed by the 6/32 threads in the radiator.

The assembly is very open, half venting the computer, half providing inlet to the radiator.

the fans are mounted on the other side in pull configuration.
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I just make some little brackers from 2mm steel and then fasten them into the rear 120mm fan mounts:

    
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I just make some little brackers from 2mm steel and then fasten them into the rear 120mm fan mounts:
Did you bend them with a vice and hammer or what? I've been trying to stick with aluminum but always good to have options...
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You can gt strip aluminum to make brackets like marcus did. Almost any Ace hardware store carries it.

Nice work marcus, simple clean and efficient
    
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You can gt strip aluminum to make brackets like marcus did. Almost any Ace hardware store carries it.

Nice work marcus, simple clean and efficient
But only very thin aluminum can be bent without cracking without special tools (brakes and such) in my experience. I'm wanting to use 1/8 aluminum. I'm pretty sure the brackets I got from onlinemetals are going to work, will just require a tad of dremeling.
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