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Per the header, I'm thinking of taking my externally mounted radiator and using screws and a Swiftech RadBox mounting it to the back of my Raven2 above the PSU cold air intake. Is this a good idea putting that kind of strain on what is not originally designed to be a load bearing panel?

I thing the panel in question is 0.8mm steel I think, and I was thinking of using 4 screws with nuts to hold the radbox to the case....holes would be drilled for the screws, as would an opening in the back for 1/2" ID hoses.

Radiator is a Swiftech MCR240-Drive (has reservoir built in).

What say ye case modders? Bad idea?

*The other option I've thought of is using rope and hanging it. And before anyone asks, no the rad won't fit in the case-it has to be externally mounted due to the case I have....and no, a proper WCing case is not in the budget for a long time.
Edited by Skripka - 12/23/10 at 1:19pm
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post #2 of 8
How heavy is the rad? my first case was the Rv02 and it was very sturdy. So if it'll fit and be convenient without being too much of a dead weight on thin metal then it's doable.
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Originally Posted by dogsofwar909 View Post
How heavy is the rad? my first case was the Rv02 and it was very sturdy. So if it'll fit and be convenient without being too much of a dead weight on thin metal then it's doable.
Empty, according to the spec sheet...about 1Kg. Then there's probably 300mL or so of water in the Rad/res itself. 2 AP-15 Gentle-Typhoons whatever they weight-which in comparison to normal 120mm is a fair bit.
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post #4 of 8
Yes it'll work. Spread the drilling out to accompany for weight and mount the rad/res close to the case so that there is very little chance of it sagging.
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Imho, the mounting method that you propose will be fine.

The only time that I would be concerned is when the case is moved, or during an earthquake... hopefully not that latter...
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Yes it'll work. Spread the drilling out to accompany for weight and mount the rad/res close to the case so that there is very little chance of it sagging.
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post #7 of 8
Quote:
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Imho, the mounting method that you propose will be fine.

The only time that I would be concerned is when the case is moved, or during an earthquake... hopefully not that latter...
Ditto

0.8mm steel is pretty strong and with the ~2" moment arm from the CG (Center of Gravity) of the RAD to the side panel it'd take a pretty decent force to bend the side panel (a lot more than the weight of the RAD incl H2O). As Syr said, about the only time to be careful/concerned is when moving the case to be sure you don't bump against the RAD.
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post #8 of 8
You can increase the surface area of the load by the application of fender washers. Instead of ripping out during rough handling the case will bend.
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