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does ne body have any good ideas for improving the nautilus 500
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To be honest, it would be much better to just buy a custom watercooling setup. There's not much you can do to improve a prebuilt like that.

EDIT: BTW, I would be more than happy to help you out picking out parts for a custom kit
Edited by TnB= Gir - 5/22/08 at 8:57pm
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This Kit will beat what you have and there are better kits on the site. Such as this one. Good luck or ask more questions if one of those or setting up a custom kit peaks your interest.

Edited to add: These folks here are great and will help all they can.
    
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lol - My buddy just bought one and didn't want it and I got it for $50 from him..... he never even installed it.

Anyway - I just ripped it apart and bought a Feser 120mm Rad... and a Kaze Ulrta 3000 (133cfm) fan for it.
I have all the parts. I just have to cut out the bottom so the rad can extend down a little due to thickness with the 90* barbs on it.
I plan on installing it on my kids Xbox360... I will see what it can do.
Im not sure on Heat Dissipation of the Feser Rad but it has to be better than the dinky tiny little Aluminum Rad that came installed factory. Plus (bad to mix Metal)

Taking it apart was a breeze - I just have to motivate myself to sweat it out in the garage with my dremel and finish it!

Now before the BASHING STARTS! I would not have bought the Nautilus @ $150 and then spent another $114 on a single Rad and $10 for the fan. But I couldn't pass it up at $50... it was so cute.

L8r and if you get it - definately mod it........ I will probably be decent for a CPU only loop!
    
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well i have it already and i really wanna have my cpu on a diffeerent loop than the rest of my system, but what radiator do u recommend exactly (i diont want to spend more than $60)
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Originally Posted by thehighlander123 View Post
does ne body have any good ideas for improving the nautilus 500

My humble suggestion regarding the proper mod for that "pre-made kit" is as follows:

2 parts - gasoline
1 part - match

equals - modded Nautilus 500

LOL
Edited by RedRaider - 5/23/08 at 10:37am
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I modded one out once...I pulled the aluminum rad and put in a 120 BIP, thats as thick as I could get in it with-out using 90's...Then I boxed it in with coil stock from the top of the rad to the bottom of the case, that way all the air was pulled through the rad...I replaced the fan with a 108 cfm Sunon...I also put in a old 18W DDC pump w/delrin top...Then I replaced the res with a Swifty micro res...

Honestly the easiest and cheapest way to mod one is to just take out the aluminum rad and use a external 240 or 360 rad with it...You just need to take the rubber off of the 4 legs, then there is a screw right there...Those quick-connects are restrictive, they are so handy though I have kept them in the loop.....Don't use that piece of crap aluminum rad, you don't want aluminum in the same loop with copper...

I never have really used it for anything, I was using it to cool off my bucket res, but I'm using something else now, I might use it for a GPU or something...


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post #8 of 20
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wait how do u put a larger than 120mm rad in it? just cut a hole and let it all hang out
one other thing wouldnt it be better to have the fluid go into the radiator before the pump so as to keep the pump kool
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Just use 2 "L" Brackets and cut the Square hole at the bottom out so that the Rad fits tight but yes... slides down some. You dont want to mess with the nice top part. Thats it whole look.
Im changing out the Grill and sliding the rad down lower to accomodate the larger rad. The width and length is still 120mm type Rad give or take a few mm's. But the Thickness of the Rad is (Feser) is considerably different than the 1" alluminum rad that was in it. Then after you install the Rad - Simply mod some extensions for the feet for the difference in clearance. To give you the air flow back.

I will post mine when its complete. I will work on it over the long holiday weekend. But dont fear just mod away. Have fun with it.

I love modding - just for the sake of modding.
    
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hell yea i like ur ideas
this is my entry into watercooling and i wanted to start out with something upgradable before i want to internal designs
thanks alot for responding ill keep u updated on how this are going
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