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Well, I posted a thread here about modifying an antec 300 case to hold liquid cooling components, and also how to setup the cooling kit. I had it right for the most part in the original plan, except for changing the radiator to intake instead of output. Well I spent a bit of time on it all, and it worked out well. I never posted a worklog like a planned, mostly because it was short work to do overall. The lengthy thing was shipping for the parts. But here's a sort of summed up log.

The day I got the Antec 300 case in the mail a friend was coming over, so he helped me modify it while he was here. This made it easier on me, thus saving time also. Here's some pictures of the modding.

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Just a generic shot.

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Removing the hard drive cage was a pain, mostly because of the drill we where forced to use. This is the first half of it removed.

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Don't mind my computer internals just stacked on wood shelf, no biggie.

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The second half of the hdd cage was removed finally. Eventually took a blow torch to that puppy to get it in half.

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All the components installed, still wiring it up. Keep in mind I got the case a week before the cooling kit. It was installed about a week ago.

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It booted! Shockingly.....



Now about three or four days after this adventure, I placed an order for the liquid cooling kit. Which arrived on a Thursday. I ordered an XSPC Rasa 2x120mm kit. Oh boy, it barely fit in my case I can tell you that. I had to play with it to get it all in, and my crazy ass is thinking of making it a dual loop with two 2x120mm radiator, two pumps, and two reservoirs in it. One loop for graphics, one for CPU. Here are some pictures of the cooling installation along with many ghetto rig components. I do not have pictures of the installation process itself sadly :/

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In all it's glory, the loop showing.

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The front panel, using all the 5.25 inch bays sadly. I could use a fan controller for all six fans in it.

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Another shot of the loop in general, with a better view of the radiator.

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A close up on my very ghetto rigged three hard drives, I took a blow torch and a saw to the metal hard drive cage panel to cut it in half. Then bolted it down to the case.

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Here's my computer next to my friends computer, we have the same Case but completely different internals. It's a real comparison picture if you notice the missing part in mine wink.gif

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This one is just for kicks.



Final take, I love liquid cooling. No more noisy ass cheap air cooler on my cpu, getting 45C idle and 67C on load. My liquid cooling idles at 29C and maxes out at 40C. Air cooling was at stock 3.2ghz, while liquid cooling is at 4ghz because my computer BSOD's if I go past it.


What do you think forum?
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Lol, looks awesome. The ghetto HDDs ftw!
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Originally Posted by justarealguy;12516284 
Lol, looks awesome. The ghetto HDDs ftw!

Thanks, right now I'm debating leaving those or putting $25 into a cage for them.
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Good start, trust me I know how difficult it can be to fit things nicely in these cases. You can definitely do better though, especially with the cables! make it shine cool.gif
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Good start, trust me I know how difficult it can be to fit things nicely in these cases. You can definitely do better though, especially with the cables! make it shine cool.gif

My plan is a new PSU, to plan ahead for the GPU I want(watercooled gtx580) and to sleeve the cables, aswell as cut holes in precision on the case to fit all the cables in.
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That looks nice man, good job.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tsm106;12516657 
That looks nice man, good job.
Thanks mate.


On a side note, would it be pushing it turning this mod into a dual loop?
with a second 2x120mm radiator inside the case, another res and pump powering a GTX580 overclocked?
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100$ case with no room and no cable management! GG antec!

op : AWESOME JOB! great ingenuity.
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100$ case with no room and no cable management! GG antec!

op : AWESOME JOB! great ingenuity.

I payed roughly $55 for the case.... Well, $55 USD. Don't know about other currencies. Thanks mate.
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post #10 of 25
looks very nice, what are ur GPU temps are like? cause all that hot air from the rad is going stragiht at the GPU
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