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Inspired by this thread, I am looking at designing a RadBase for my Armor.

This will probably be a long, drawn out project, as I just got everything installed and I'm not overly keen to rip it all apart again... but over the course of the summer, I'd like to get this done.

I have two Thermochill PA120.2 rads one on a radbox on the back and one internal in the front drivebays of my Armor. I'd like to fit both of those rads in the base along with the two MCP655's I have. Then maybe I can use my front drivebay res to feed both loops with a Y-splitter feeding to the pumps down below.

Here's a quick mockup of what it would look like from the top. The box, fans and rads are to scale, but I still need some more accurate measurements of the pumps to see if they'll fit where I want to put them or if I need to make the base a little longer.

All help, input and suggestions are most welcome.

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Inspired by this thread, I am looking at designing a RadBase for my Armor.

This will probably be a long, drawn out project, as I just got everything installed and I'm not overly keen to rip it all apart again... but over the course of the summer, I'd like to get this done.

I have two Thermochill PA120.2 rads one on a radbox on the back and one internal in the front drivebays of my Armor. I'd like to fit both of those rads in the base along with the two MCP655's I have. Then maybe I can use my front drivebay res to feed both loops with a Y-splitter feeding to the pumps down below.

Here's a quick mockup of what it would look like from the top. The box, fans and rads are to scale, but I still need some more accurate measurements of the pumps to see if they'll fit where I want to put them or if I need to make the base a little longer.

All help, input and suggestions are most welcome.

Do you not have enough space to offset the rads further? It would really help the temps in the second rad if you get cool air in there, rather than the warm air from the first rad. The other thing you could do is to offset hem as far as possible, and then remove that middle fan and replace it with a baffle that allows the air from the first rad to be deflected around the second one and allows the second to intake fresh air.
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post #3 of 17
Glad I could be of insperation Looks pretty good to me. Your MCP-655's should fit like a glove in there. If you were to recess the fans in to the side's of the base and pull out the middle fan you would get a bit cooler air in to the second rad, not sure how big of a temp difference there would be though.
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post #4 of 17
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Does this look better?

And what about the airflow? Should I set it up to push into the box like that or pull out of the box? (So basically reverse the arrows?)

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That looks great! With mine I had all the fans as exsauht, however I had opening's in the front to let fresh air in. I think your setup will work great, the little bit of air on air in the middle of the case should not be a problem at all IMO. Very nice plan!
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post #6 of 17
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Well, I could put an opening in the front and rear panels, as well as the two fans that are on the sides to bring fresh air in, and leave the fans on the actual rads to exhaust the warm air out the side....

I imagine it wouldn't make much difference one way or the other and it might help me with my dust problem! (My house is brutal for dust), so filters over the intake fans would be easier to clean than having them over the rads...
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I hear ya on the dust problem, it's nasty in my place to, lol. Either way, I think you'll get great temps!
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Now I need to think about how to plumb the loop.

I'll want to plan it very thoroughly to figure out where to place the reservoirs and stuff, but I don't want to tear apart my rig to do it...damn.

I do have to redo my loop to get the extra components in (SB and Mosfet blocks) so maybe I should incorporate that into this project...
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Ok, after spending a lot of time looking at my rig and thinking about routing the tubing, I'm wondering if it wouldn't be better to run the pumps in series and do everything on a massive dual-rad single loop. This design is only a few centimetres longer than the previous, so it would be slightly longer than my case, but probably not noticeable.

The advantage here is I would only have to have two holes in the bottom for access and egress of tubing to the base, one above the pump, and then one in the back area of the case near the GPU bottom intake on the EK full cover waterblock.

For routing I would have a tube come up and into the bottom of my GPUs then from there into the CPU, down to the NB, around the Mosfets and then back down to the SB (either that, or the mosfets after the CPU, then the NB, then the SB) then back to the res in the front drivebay.

Will this still give me good flow and good cooling, or am I better keeping it as two separate loops and running the tubing the way I had it before?

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post #10 of 17
I think the dual loop set up will give you better temp, however your right it will be a pain to plumb it. If you end up going with a single loop, I'd move one pump inside the case.

What you may want to look at is having a Y splitter after the pump in the case the way you still get cool water to all the parts then have another Y before it leaves the case. Gives you two loops, sort of, with only having to worry about plumbing for one loop out of the box. Then the second pump could be right at the return line in to the base to push through the rads and back up to the case.

Just a few thoughts for ya.
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