Overclock.net › Forums › Cooling › Water Cooling › Radiator mounting in Armor+? 4+ choices?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Radiator mounting in Armor+? 4+ choices?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
So... I'm deconstructing my TT Armor + in order to paint it, cut out some grills, and figure out my watercooling. (already melted myself a new window without that useless giant blue fan and the "cool all your life" logo)

I can't decide where is the best place (to start) with a 220 radiator. My options as of now are as follows...

1. Mount it outside the case on top where the circular and rectangular holes are now. I'd just have to take the power button, usb, etc off the top piece that came with it and relocate it.

2. Mount it inside the case on the top in that same location. I fear that if I get a longer PSU than my 850W, I may have trouble. Either that or it'll be a pain squeezing in those 5.25 bays without chopping them down.

3. Mount it inside the case at the bottom. Won't this completely kill the idea of watercooling as it'll pump heat into my case off the rad? Won't the rad just be hotter in there? I suppose I could aim the fans and rad down and out, but then it'll be pulling heat off my graphics cards.

4. Mount it outside the case on the bottom with either a push-in or pull-out air flow. I'd have to put the mofo on some tall feet and the line to the cpu block would be longer than desired.

5. Mount it on the back outside the case using the single shroud.

No matter what I do, I guess I can easily add more rads to the loop, but as I see it, a double will do me fine for a long time.










What do you think? I'm new to this and would like to TRY to do it the "smartest" way the first time.

Cheers.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k P8P67M-Pro Rev 3 5770 XMS3 
Hard DrivePower
SSD X650 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k P8P67M-Pro Rev 3 5770 XMS3 
Hard DrivePower
SSD X650 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 9
I just saw someone do an amazing build log with an armor and a big rad. He mounted it in between the front panel and the actual aluminum on the case. Here is the link:

http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...ml#post2181820
FX Rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8320e Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P Sapphire R9 380 4GB 2x8GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Intel 240GB SSD HGST 4TB Storage DVD-RW Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 x64 AOC 27" 1080p Corsair CX750m Corsair 200R 
Audio
Asus Xonar DS 
  hide details  
Reply
FX Rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8320e Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P Sapphire R9 380 4GB 2x8GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Intel 240GB SSD HGST 4TB Storage DVD-RW Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 x64 AOC 27" 1080p Corsair CX750m Corsair 200R 
Audio
Asus Xonar DS 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Nice. Thanks for that linky. My armor plus is set up a bit different, but this makes me think mounting it at the bottom inside the case will work nicely with air pulling in up from the floor.

Maybe I can squeeze a single rad fan in later up at that top part that slides open, too.

Hmmm...
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k P8P67M-Pro Rev 3 5770 XMS3 
Hard DrivePower
SSD X650 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k P8P67M-Pro Rev 3 5770 XMS3 
Hard DrivePower
SSD X650 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 9
If you do decide to put the rad on the bottom, construct some bigger case feet and raise it at least a couple of inches. Then cut holes on the bottom of the case for fans.

Personally, I would mount the rad on top of the case and lead the tubes out the back to the top.
FX Rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8320e Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P Sapphire R9 380 4GB 2x8GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Intel 240GB SSD HGST 4TB Storage DVD-RW Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 x64 AOC 27" 1080p Corsair CX750m Corsair 200R 
Audio
Asus Xonar DS 
  hide details  
Reply
FX Rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8320e Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P Sapphire R9 380 4GB 2x8GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Intel 240GB SSD HGST 4TB Storage DVD-RW Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 x64 AOC 27" 1080p Corsair CX750m Corsair 200R 
Audio
Asus Xonar DS 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Okay. I was looking for some more "I would do this" answers. ;D

I love everything about the case other than the close proximity of the PSU to my CPU. My temps aren't great on air due to limited space in that area. It also puzzles me a bit how it has like 5 140mm intakes and 2 120mm out. Time to try water.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k P8P67M-Pro Rev 3 5770 XMS3 
Hard DrivePower
SSD X650 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k P8P67M-Pro Rev 3 5770 XMS3 
Hard DrivePower
SSD X650 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 9
I'm a bit ghetto with mine, but it works. Still have some wiring to clean up, but I'm always changing stuff around so I don't put much time into the details.





I've also had an MCR220 up from in the bays, you could probably get an MCR320 up there too if you removed all but the top bay for a DVD, then just slide the HD cages back enough.

Performance wise, up front or on bottom is best to get the coldest air into the radiator. On top or in the back usually have some sort of preheating of the inlet air. That's why I mounted mine to the back sides, I still get good cold inlet air for the most part and plenty of room for the quads...
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3930K ASrock X79 Ext7 Evga GTX570 CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Phoenix SSD+2TB Seagate drives ASUS DVD-RW combo Windows 7 28" Hanns-G HZ281 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
MS Natural Corsair TX650 Danger Den Torture Rack Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
Desk 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3930K ASrock X79 Ext7 Evga GTX570 CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Phoenix SSD+2TB Seagate drives ASUS DVD-RW combo Windows 7 28" Hanns-G HZ281 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
MS Natural Corsair TX650 Danger Den Torture Rack Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
Desk 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Ghetto? That is a thing of beauty heh. I almost wish I got the regular Armor instead of the + due to PSU being mounted on its side and away from the cpu more.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k P8P67M-Pro Rev 3 5770 XMS3 
Hard DrivePower
SSD X650 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k P8P67M-Pro Rev 3 5770 XMS3 
Hard DrivePower
SSD X650 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 9
heres a few ideas for you.. this is my case that im working on.. it isnt finished yet.
http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...mor-thing.html
Big Black Box
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7-4770k asus sabertooth z87 GTX 680 16gig corsair vengeance red 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
120gig crucial m500 ssd,120gig corsair ssd ,1TB... corsair h80i Win7 64bit Hanns-G hz281 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
corsair vengeance k70 Corsair HX850 Cooler Master HAF X Razer deathadder 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Vespula SB Recon 3D  
  hide details  
Reply
Big Black Box
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7-4770k asus sabertooth z87 GTX 680 16gig corsair vengeance red 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
120gig crucial m500 ssd,120gig corsair ssd ,1TB... corsair h80i Win7 64bit Hanns-G hz281 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
corsair vengeance k70 Corsair HX850 Cooler Master HAF X Razer deathadder 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Vespula SB Recon 3D  
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Ah... looking good. I have already cut out my fan grills and some of the cross pieces on the bottom.

I think I've decided to stand it on some tall feet (can't find any really tall ones yet) and place it at the bottom. I'll have 2 fans attached outside of the case (hidden by those plastic runners) and then two on top of the rad. Then I'll put the front fan on in addition to the one that hooks onto the mobo tray blowing across and towards the graphics cards.

I was going to go topside with a 2x120, but I feel like the damn thing already has a lack of airflow out, so I'll just be pulling all that hot air into it.

Thanks again for your build log link... inspiring.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k P8P67M-Pro Rev 3 5770 XMS3 
Hard DrivePower
SSD X650 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k P8P67M-Pro Rev 3 5770 XMS3 
Hard DrivePower
SSD X650 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Water Cooling
Overclock.net › Forums › Cooling › Water Cooling › Radiator mounting in Armor+? 4+ choices?