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so i got one of these, and thinking of modding it a bit

so far for reduction of costs, i got 120mm case fan on top, could be used with a LED one too?

it could possibly be attached to the stock cap with epoxy,maybe?
the design on the fan mounts needs more thought/work, do that later
do u think this would even help?

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I am not quite sure what you are asking.

A 120mm fan blowing on the Reserator will DEFINATELY help temps. The more airflow, the better.

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dude, patent it, and sell it to zalman for a phat load...and then give 25% to me for suggesting the idea
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dude, patent it, and sell it to zalman for a phat load...and then give 25% to me for suggesting the idea
haha! nice.. well i spose any of those that wanna help develop it, dont see a prob with splittin the $$

working on the idea of a thermostat for measuring the temps of coolant inside the res. which would also control fanspeed, BUT the biggest hurdle i think would be easily splicing in power for it to existing wiring
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haha! nice.. well i spose any of those that wanna help develop it, dont see a prob with splittin the $$

working on the idea of a thermostat for measuring the temps of coolant inside the res. which would also control fanspeed, BUT the biggest hurdle i think would be easily splicing in power for it to existing wiring
so here's an idea. I've seen fans with built in temp sensors that control their speed, I just can't find them in 120mm.

we could always make our own power supply, but there are 120Volt fans out there too that we could utilize.


and it looks like there could be mounting holes for this fan if you look at this picture
post #6 of 11
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yea, thats what i was thinking... just gonna havta wait til it actually gets here monday or tuesday, so i can visually see how its built...might see if the easier solution would be to mount fan on the bottom
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post #7 of 11
the reserator has these 4 fins that are spaced like fan mounts already...I wonder if you just take a 150mm fan (since that's how wide the fins are), mount it to those fins, and connect up some sort of power supply

it appears there has already been a discussion like this...here

the idea is to mount something around the reserator and put the fan at the top, drawing the air up. It makes sense, but I'm sure it wouldn't look nearly as good as what you have...though it could be done very easily with some standard metal ducting, tin snips, and a screw driver to mount the fan into the top of the duct. all you would have to get is a ac to dc converter from radioshack, and the appropriate fan (the 150mm fan from frozencpu.com is $50...yikes!) This way it is totally removable, and you don't have to worry about fabricating anything.

BTW: what did you use to make and render those concept images...they look great!
post #8 of 11
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y0 tomasro
nice post dude - rep+
thanks for the link AND the research - actually i had a better idea for it, a mix tween what i have, and what the amd forums ppl suggested
making the sleve that would fit around the whole res might work, but instead of a fan, was thinkin bout some sort of impeller... ill play around this weekend with designs and see what 'could' be easier/cheaper

btw, ive been using 3d studio max for 4-5 years or so, thats what i made the images with
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post #9 of 11
Use a fan shroud to capture all the air flow, and/or blower fan to boost performance. Just like the 2nd pic, the blower fan needs a shroud too, else it'll blow air to all 360' degrees.
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post #10 of 11
the problem is that you are going against thermal currents (heat rises)...

so in order to make this as efficient as possible, the fan needs to blow/suck the cold air up, and yes, a shroud or some sort of covering on the reserator would work best, but the fan must then run 24/7 in order for the water to cool properly.
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