Some weeks back while browsing the net looking for water cooling solutions for my 2 gforce 480's
I red on this forum that the Silverstone RV02 weren't any good for water cooling rigs.
Well i had a look at mine a thought to myself that with a few modifications hare and there i could fit a 3 x 180 mm radiator in it with fans that is
And i was right.
Bare in mind these modifications are a bit extensive.
stuff to put in.
1x Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 180mm Triple.
3x Silverstone 180mm Air Penetrator.
1x Alphacool TPP644 pump.
1x reservoir make unknown.
2x Koolance 480 blocks.
2m 13/10mm black hose.
2l black coolant.
Yes i'm going with black. "not a good idea ill tell you why later"
Here we have the cabinet with some hardware in it to make sure the radiator and fans could fit with the gpu's
I'm running the cpu with a closed loop corsair 120mm push pull water cooler
cpu - AMD FX-8120.
Then i used a drill to remove the rivets for the bottom and the drive bay.
Reason is vary simple.
The only way to fit in an Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 radiator is to mount it on the bottom plate and then rivet the plate back in place.
Ill also have to remove some of the drive bay and back plate. hoping it wont screw to much with the case stability.
Now to remove some of the back-plate and drive bay. gonna remove about 9 cm of the back-plate.
This mod is function over form so i'm not gonna pay that much attention to detail.
I'm of curse grinding the edges to make them smooth.
Now for the bottom. I'm gonna remove the grill and the indents for better airflow and also because the indents would be in the way.
Here i have put in the radiator and fans. forgot to take pic of the process but suffice to say that it fits.
I put in the reservoir just in front of the drive bays so there is only just enough room for 3 bays in the top.
for me that's plenty as i have 4 ssd's in one bay a dvd drive and one 2 tb hdd.
The filler port fits nicely in the top.
And lastly the pump and gpu's
So i thought it was done
But as i soon discovered this design had 2 major flaws.
The pump. Its to damn powerful for this rig / reservoir. the air bubbles never reach the surface in the reservoir the pump just pulls them back in the system.
The black hoses. I cant get a proper grasp on where there are trapped air when the hoses are black.
Now one would suspect that the cabinet would be unstable with all that support gone but no. its actually quite sturdy.
I'm gone make some changes to this build and will post the results.
1. I have ordered a step modulator for the pump so i can turn it down.
2. I'm gonna order thicker clear tubing 19/13mm.
3. I'm gonna make a cover for the radiator.