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post #11 of 46
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foothead - so you're recommending to put the waterfall in a separate loop? why is that? would it not work integrated into the full loop?
Simple. Your WC pump will not have nearly the flow rate you need to sustain such a large waterfall. It would end up just looking bad.


Cutting the acrylic with a table saw should only take a couple hours, assuming your table saw is large enough. The round holes can be accomplished with a hole saw, and a skil saw combined with a hacksaw and a dremel can be used for the more intricate holes.


Also, I would change a few things in your design.

-The waterfall should fall directly into the reservoir, without any tubing between.
-The PSU should not be contained in such a small unventilated box. It will overheat fast.
- Put the waterfall on the back side of your mobo. You will be able to show off your components this way, and it blocks out the ugly backside of the mobo.
- Designate some cable management routes. I saw one acrylic build where the cables all came up in a square tube, then branched off at 90 degree angles to their destination. It looked epic.
-Put something on the front to make it look better. I suggest a vertical cathode on each side.


Just some suggestions to help you improve. It'll look great no matter what though.
Edited by foothead - 12/20/10 at 6:27pm
 
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foothead I wish I could give you 1 million reps.

I didn't add these because it was such a pain in the butt but I will be putting in slits in the "box" where the power supply resides. This will help to exhaust the heat and also cool the radiator.

I TOTALLY COMPLETELY like the idea of the cable management routes. However, I do think I will need to extend a lot of wires in order to put what I have in mind into reality.

I understand your reasoning now about the designated waterfall pump and completely agree. However, I do think I will be keeping the waterfall in the front of the case because it is the centerpiece and I think it deserves complete attention.
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Made some new sketches of v.2 side panel. The box in the bottom should house the pump. foothead, let me know if that is similar to what you were thinking. Also was thinking about using this pump http://www.scientificsonline.com/sub...:referralID=NA. Let me know what you guys think


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Made some new sketches of v.2 side panel. The box in the bottom should house the pump. foothead, let me know if that is similar to what you were thinking. Also was thinking about using this pump http://www.scientificsonline.com/sub...:referralID=NA. Let me know what you guys think
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Not enough lift. That thing would give you a very small stream of water, not nearly enough to sustain the waterfall. Look for something with more oomph.


Also, you should make the reservoir much bigger. You do have it in the right place though.
 
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post #15 of 46
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Its been a while since i first posted my thread. I just got some parts in and did a mock up of the case. A few things are going to change. But mostly everything is planned out. Just waiting on a few more parts before I start cutting so i can completely mock it up. Again I ran into a few questions

1) is one 140mm fan too little for an intake fan?
2) what do you think about my fan layouts?

I'll leave a few pictures to post progress and for some C&C
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Personally, it couldn't hurt to have that side fan you have just sitting on the bottom as an intake too.
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I wish I could squeeze it in but with the 5 drive bay coming i don't know if i can fit it in the front panel
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The side panel would work good enough too.
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the sidepanel is going to be a waterfall =X and the other sidepanel is going to house the radiator. Maybe I'll make the radiator fans intake fans...that would make sense wouldnt it
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the sidepanel is going to be a waterfall =X and the other sidepanel is going to house the radiator. Maybe I'll make the radiator fans intake fans...that would make sense wouldnt it
Having the rad fans as intake will likely make the case a high pressure area (positive air pressure in the case) and result in minimally higher case temps, not necessarily water temps, and will also mean that any openings will naturally exhaust air which is going to allow you to have a dust free case (assuming the fan intakes are filtered). Otherwise a negatively pressurized case will tend to draw outside air (and dust) through the little crevices around doors etc, which will lower the case ambients and may reduce temps, but minimally. Personally I would have the radiator fans set to intake in your situation so that you're pulling in the coolest possible air, but remember that you'll want to allow enough exhaust airflow to keep the case temps from getting too high.
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