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Forgive me it's my first time in sketchup. I primarily just used warehouse models and rearranged them and drew a box around the whole thing biggrin.gif

What do you folks think of this layout?

The primary goal was to produce something not much larger than 24L, while housing internal watercooling and not blocking the internals from view in the event a window was desired.

I have been playing with the idea of removing the PSU fan, using the PWM controller from the powersupply to spin the top fin on the rad. This will reduce the outer dimensions a smidge.

Note: the 5 1/4" up top is only intended to be used for a fan controller.

There's plenty of room in the design to squeeze in a 120/140mm rad in the top without altering the outer dimensions.
Edited by RonindeBeatrice - 2/14/11 at 12:30pm
    
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I personally would drop the extra optical drive because I rarely use two anymore.

And I wouldn't want the PSU mounted like that because then the power cable would have to be plugged in to the side of the case, that could prove awkward in most desk setups
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Originally Posted by kevingreenbmx;12384772 
I personally would drop the extra optical drive because I rarely use two anymore.

He said the top one is a fan controller.

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And I wouldn't want the PSU mounted like that because then the power cable would have to be plugged in to the side of the case, that could prove awkward in most desk setups

Extension cable routed to back.


Anyway, this is obviously a custom case idea you have here. It's a decent use of space and there aren't any major problems that jump out at me. Why remove the PSU fan though? Put the rad right up against the PSU and use its internal fan as the rad fan. Same idea really, but you don't have to hack up the PSU case (if that was your idea to save space).
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He said the top one is a fan controller.




Extension cable routed to back.


Anyway, this is obviously a custom case idea you have here. It's a decent use of space and there aren't any major problems that jump out at me. Why remove the PSU fan though? Put the rad right up against the PSU and use its internal fan as the rad fan. Same idea really, but you don't have to hack up the PSU case (if that was your idea to save space).

the only thing about the PSU fan is that they tend to spin very slowly. I would route the fan through a controller, so I could crank it when necessary.
    
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Are you planning to put the pump in the bottom? How about the reservoir? Looks like a good layout.
 
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He said the top one is a fan controller.

Ah, I see that now, it was edited in after I posted.
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Extension cable routed to back.

Hmm, that would add quite a bit of extra space needed... Op: maybe try to put the PSU so that the internal cables come out of the downward facing side and the wall cable comes out of the top? That way you get the effects of the PSU fan on the rad, but it will require less width in the case.
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Ah, I see that now, it was edited in after I posted.



Hmm, that would add quite a bit of extra space needed... Op: maybe try to put the PSU so that the internal cables come out of the downward facing side and the wall cable comes out of the top? That way you get the effects of the PSU fan on the rad, but it will require less width in the case.

That was the idea. I know the PSU model isn't the greatest, but the PSU cord is going to come out of the top.

I was planning for it to exit the top of the PSU then travel along the underside of a handle affixed to the top.
    
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Originally Posted by RonindeBeatrice;12386990 
That was the idea. I know the PSU model isn't the greatest, but the PSU cord is going to come out of the top.

I was planning for it to exit the top of the PSU then travel along the underside of a handle affixed to the top.

Ah, cool, the model looked like it would be mounted crosswise when I looked at it.

In that case, I like the design. thumb.gif
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