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Hey guys, I want to mount a Magicool 480 rad in the door of my case. I want to be able to open and close the door without twisting or kinking the tubing and was wondering if anybody had any ideas or suggestions for fittings that might help make it work. Another concern is my X2O 750 pump/res and whether or not it will cut the mustard with RX240, Rasa CPU block, XSPC 5970 GPU block and a 480.

The RX240 keeps my temps low enough but have to run the fans at 1600rpm's to keep temps where I want them. Thinking if I add the 480 to the loop I can run all the fans at low speed and be nearly silent. My current setup is actually louder than my previous aircool setup with Noctua CPU HSF and AccelroXtreme on 5970 but temps are better especially under load. Heres some pics of the rad and fans I'm looking at as well as acouple shots of my setup. any and all help and suggestions will be appreciated. thx!





Need to use 12mm fans on the 480 because of clearance issues with case door in closed position.



    
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Hi.

My sig rig is a custom case that has a large hinged door that has 2 radiators mounted to it.

The most effective mounting method that I found was to place the radiators so that the tubing the entered and left from the radiators as close to the fulcrum of the door.

There will still need to be a little play in the tubing, but with some experimenting the amount of play needed ought to be able to be kept to a minimum.
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Hi.

My sig rig is a custom case that has a large hinged door that has 2 radiators mounted to it.

The most effective mounting method that I found was to place the radiators so that the tubing the entered and left from the radiators as close to the fulcrum of the door.

There will still need to be a little play in the tubing, but with some experimenting the amount of play needed ought to be able to be kept to a minimum.
So you are saying not to have the rad mounted with fittings down but to quarter turn it so fittings are along the hinge side of the door?

I was thinking of having the rad with fittings facing down with 90 degree fittings routing the tubing toward the bottom hinge with some slack between rad to GPU and rad back to pump/res.
    
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Originally Posted by sgilmore62 View Post
So you are saying not to have the rad mounted with fittings down but to quarter turn it so fittings are along the hinge side of the door?

I was thinking of having the rad with fittings facing down with 90 degree fittings routing the tubing toward the bottom hinge with some slack between rad to GPU and rad back to pump/res.
That is correct.

Placing the fittings along the hinging edge will reduce the amount of movement along the arc of travel.

Bear in mind that the angle of approach to the barbs will change 90-degrees (or whatever the hinging range of the door is) as the door is opened, this is where the extra play in the tubing will be needed.

It is possible that you could use some compression fittings that rotate, but I would be a little gun-shy of such things.
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Hey guys, I want to mount a Magicool 480 rad in the door of my case. I want to be able to open and close the door without twisting or kinking the tubing and was wondering if anybody had any ideas or suggestions for fittings that might help make it work. Another concern is my X2O 750 pump/res and whether or not it will cut the mustard with RX240, Rasa CPU block, XSPC 5970 GPU block and a 480.

The RX240 keeps my temps low enough but have to run the fans at 1600rpm's to keep temps where I want them. Thinking if I add the 480 to the loop I can run all the fans at low speed and be nearly silent. My current setup is actually louder than my previous aircool setup with Noctua CPU HSF and AccelroXtreme on 5970 but temps are better especially under load. Heres some pics of the rad and fans I'm looking at as well as acouple shots of my setup. any and all help and suggestions will be appreciated. thx!





Need to use 12mm fans on the 480 because of clearance issues with case door in closed position.



Yo I have the same case and was wondering if thats a 360 rad up there? I want to his this one http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/ra...ad-xt-360.html

Think it will fit? Which one are you using ;o Not trying to jack ur thread just want to ask YOU

Also how are your temps? You know the case has some kinda black holes on the side panel and the top one.. which makes me thing its anti-air flow! Good place to put the rad there? : /

Did you have to modify anything in any way to put it there? As far as I know I have to move my DVD from there (1 slot down or so) to make the rad fit because the DVD is really high and if u want to close the top with the rad installed it wont happen unless the DVD is down there
Edited by Lune - 1/16/11 at 10:06am
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You can use quick disconnects but that's going to cost you around $25 or so. You need two of each (one set for each tube)
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=23162
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=21029
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post #7 of 25
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Yeah, it's gonna be difficult to have it so the door can swing open and closed with a radiator and tubing attached to it. Guess I'll have to just get it and play around to see what will work. Any suggestions on tubing that will withstand the most twisting from opening and closing the door? Right now I have Primochill 1/2"ID 3/4"OD tubing.
    
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Yo I have the same case and was wondering if thats a 360 rad up there? I want to his this one http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/ra...ad-xt-360.html

Think it will fit? Which one are you using ;o Not trying to jack ur thread just want to ask YOU

Also how are your temps? You know the case has some kinda black holes on the side panel and the top one.. which makes me thing its anti-air flow! Good place to put the rad there? : /

Did you have to modify anything in any way to put it there? As far as I know I have to move my DVD from there (1 slot down or so) to make the rad fit because the DVD is really high and if u want to close the top with the rad installed it wont happen unless the DVD is down there
It's an RX240 in the top and yes the DVD had to be moved but there is still room for a bay res and or a fan controller in the 2 top 5.25" bays. DVD is too long. You could fit a 360 up there but the power supply is in the way, if you move the power supply to bottom left(lower rear)of case you are going to need some really long cable extensions to route cables so that they can be hidden. As you know you already need cable extensions as it is the way this case is set up and the small chase it gives you for routing cables.

Didnt have to modify anything to mount the 240 in the top. There is pre drilled holes for 3 120mm fans with option for 2 different alignments. If you go with the 3x120mm fans aligned towards the rear you don't have to move the DVD. I went with the forward alignment so I could have the most clearance from the power supply.

I think a 360 will fit in the top but it will be tight against the power supply on one side and half of the third 120mm fan will not have vent holes above it inside the drive bay.
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quick disconnects get my vote
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