42. TESTING REAR RADIATOR MOUNT LOCATION
Originally Posted by BruceB
GTX 480 + watercooler mod? Sounds like epic OC to me
Setting it up at the back with a push/pull definitely sounds like the best plan to me, question is does it look good?
I flip back a page to refresh my Memory and saw that front Panel... it's just so
Thank you, as always. It's not quite as smooth seen close up. I'm seriously considering doing some touch-up and repainting it.
And yeah, I may get into my first foray into overclocking on that GTX480.
As far as how it looks, I threw it in there to see how it's going to look. And the answer is... crowded.
I also had to get some temporary machine screws to hold it on. The fan screws I had were not long enough to go through the case, rear fan, and into the radiator. 1.5" 6-32 screws did the trick, but I'm going to buy some that look a lot nicer than these. I used some small rubber washers for vibration dampening.
Once in, here's what it looks like. I'll take some more photos later today.
Notice I have about 1/2" of gap between the CPU cooler and the GPU Kuhler push fan. Right now, it looks like I'm getting a "wind tunnel" effect with those lined up like that. I'm noticing slightly lower temps on my CPU now, and slightly higher on my GPU, but it's only about a 1 degree difference. The GPU is still sitting in the 40's C at idle and in the 50s C under decent load, so I call that a success.
I have a few options here:
1) Remove the red LED fan and replace that with the second Corsair SP120 Quiet fan to match the intake.
2) Do some internal accent painting on the radiator (not the fins!) and fans to match the case
3) Forget about the push/pull at the rear, cut a port in the top of the case, and mount push/pull there instead.
And remember that brace with the rivet that sticks out too far and prevents the side-panel from fitting?
I went ahead and drilled out that offending rivet.
But I still have the problem of the brace itself being too far out. I think my options on that are to:
1) Drill the other rivet, widen the hole into a slot, and recess the mobo brace slightly OR
2) Take a dremel to the side panel clip and cut enough that it will slide over the mobo brace cleanly as is.
Suggestions welcome there too.