Any experience with the XSPC Photon 170v2 mounted in the RAD?
Hi everyone. I am new here and came across this thread when looking for ideas in regards the Corsair 750D.
In my scenario, I went with a 360x30mm at the top and figured late I couldn't install it in a push/pull configuration without affecting the MOBO, leaving no other option than a push setup (I was aiming at lower RPM in the fans since I have a bunch) yet no biggie there. I am just forced to run the Corsair SP120 fans in 1400RPM and the pump in 4 (I live in a hot country...) Continuing, some of my parts come from my previous builds and were just adapted to the case aside a few add upgrades, though I have to admit that working with the XSPC Photon 170 v2 Reservoir isn't that easy when it comes to planning and implementing, even more as I've experience it with my own eyes.
I know I could have selected a different RES to avoid the trouble, but I already had a pump from a dual bay RES. Anyway, these are the details of the build as it's right now:
ASRock Z97 OC Formula
Swiftech Apogee XL (CPU Block)
Corsair Vengeance Pro 24GB @2400Mhz
EVGA 1080Ti FTW3 w Hydro Cooper
EVGA Supernova 750G
Samsung EVO SSD 1TB
Samsung EVO SSD 500GB
HDD 500GB 3.5
HDD 320GB 2.5
Alphacool 360x30 RAD
XSPC Photon 170v2
XSPC D5 Vario pump
PETG tubing 14/10mm
I am planning to add a 240x45 RAD (Possibly Alphacool or XSPC) in the front paired with 2xEKWB EK-Vardar F4-120ER (2200RPM). However, by doing this I seem to be forced to install the Reservoir on the back of the RAD, which is doable according to the manufacturer, although I haven't seen one single picture demonstrating the same just yet. Chances are per my logic, that I will have to install the M20>G1/4 adapter permanently on top of the RES with a 90° fitting to fill the tank without removing the top front cage that I won't really use, yet don't want to remove.
The RES/Pump combo is currently installed in the same front panel with the Vardar as intakes, and I expect to keep them there once the 2nd RAD is installed. It's worth mentioning the GPU is huge as you cannot image (Almost 11.5-12 inches large), but I think I can still do the following:
- Front 240x45mm + the fans mentioned above
- 2x Noctua NF-S12A PWM chromax black (I just happen to have 3 unopened from A project that I never did so why not)
- The HDD cage will be removed. Otherwise it will be impossible, but at the same time 500GB won't hurt/ I think...
Planned Scheme for the rigid tubing (See second picture):
• RES Out > 90 rotary down > straight line + 90 w heat gun or 90 connector > straight line > straight fitting to RAD
• RAD Straight fitting > Straight line > 90 connector or 90 heat gun upwards > straight line > 90 connector > CPU
There is a decent amount of spare parts from previous builds at my disposal, but I think this is what makes more sense for now, What do you guys think or suggest here?