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I got tired of the lean my externally mounted rx360 suffered from due to being mounted by a cheap plastic swiftech "radbox". You can check my build log below in my sig for pics of the sagging rx360, but trust me, it was bad. So, I sought a better solution for an externally mounted rx360 and found it at McMaster Carr (crazy name, AWESOME web-site). Here is my purchase order -



With the parts purchased above (minus the 6-32 short hex head bolts) I did this (please excuse the fan wire, they will be sleeved. Build is still a large WIP) -




And, this is how I did it -



Questions? Please ask!


Edited by PulkPull - 1/19/11 at 7:14pm
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nice i love it good job and all for around 30 bucks not bad
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Why not simply stand the rad up on the desk, or floor? If you are pushing from the case side, impromptu examinations with my Kestrel 4200 led me to the conclusion that six inches are required from any obstruction in order to obtain maximum fan velocity. Though I have the rads standing in these pictures, they will soon be mounted horizontally on the wall with no obstructions within twelve-inches of either push, or pull.



Edited by adamlau - 1/19/11 at 8:50pm
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post #4 of 9
Great alternative to the koolance mount! Thanks for keepin it classy!

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Why not simply stand the rad up on the desk, or floor? If you are pushing from the case side, impromptu examinations with my Kestrel 4200 led me to the conclusion that six inches are required from any obstruction in order to obtain maximum fan velocity. Though I have the rads standing in these pictures, they will soon be mounted horizontally on the wall with no obstructions within twelve-inches of either push, or pull (the 360 is fully shrouded with three additional fans in pull as of yesterday).
because some people like things attached and also like to use as little tubing as possible. Personally I think it looks much cleaner when everything is attached, especially when there are no external rads. I'd definitely sacrifice a few c to keep it all internal. Internal rads also make the rig quieter in my experience.
 
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post #5 of 9
I understand as I feel the same way regarding excess tubing and fan noise. It was the loss of potential fan velocity that turned me way from a rear and top mount install. Regardless, looking good PulkPull...Certainly better than the Radbox .
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Looks awesome, I'll keep this in mind when I rebuild a friends rig in the future. He wants to add watercooling in and he might be interested in this mount!
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I did something similar to this a while ago.
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I know it's a bit late to be posting this but I was busy earlier. I'll probably paint the aluminum black when I rebuild it but it turned out pretty nicely. Basically what I have here are 4 square prism rods that have been tapped at both ends.


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Quote:
Originally Posted by PulkPull View Post

I got tired of the lean my externally mounted rx360 suffered from due to being mounted by a cheap plastic swiftech "radbox". You can check my build log below in my sig for pics of the sagging rx360, but trust me, it was bad. So, I sought a better solution for an externally mounted rx360 and found it at McMaster Carr (crazy name, AWESOME web-site). Here is my purchase order - Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
radfix.png

With the parts purchased above (minus the 6-32 short hex head bolts) I did this (please excuse the fan wire, they will be sleeved. Build is still a large WIP) - Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
radmount1.jpg
radmount2.jpg
And, this is how I did it -
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
radmount3.jpg

Questions? Please ask!

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This is a great alternative. Probably could find the hardware or something like it at Home Depot or Lowe's. Thanks bud!
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