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I started this build because I needed a HTPC for my media center, and had some core components laying around. I also had an itch to build something:)

I also wanted to play some of my games on my TV ( a 55in Samsung 3D). I had a 295 from my Sniper with a water block to use, so that was part of my decision to water cool, also for low noise. The Lian Li case I am using could not fit everything so I built a radiator box and tried to match it to the Lian Li case.

Now I know this is EXTREME Overkill, but this IS OCN. This thing kind of took on a life of it's own. I have had Great time building this(don't know what to call it) but let me know what you think:) Parts list and lots of pictures.

Parts list:
Lian Li PC-C33B ATX HTPC case
Asus P6T-SE i7-920co w/Heatkiller 3.0
EVGA GTX-480 w/HeatKiller & EVGA back plate(295 died 480 RMA)
Corsair Dom 6GB DDR3-1600
Crucial C300 128GB SSD
W/D 1.5TB Carver Black & W/D 2TB NAS
Seasonic X750w Gold PSU
Lian Li parts, PCI fan controller, 3 side panels, 20in1 card reader, SSD mounting kit, Premium case feet.

Radiator box parts:
Lots of aluminum from Ace hardware
Swiftech MCP655 pump w/speed control
Black Ice GTX Gen2 Xtreme 240 High Perf. Radiator
Panaflo High Perf. 120x38mm fans
BP Water Tank Z-Multi 80 POM
BP D5 Mod Top V2 plus Mod kit Black
BP Compression fittings Black 1/2x3/4
Koolance Quick Disconnect Extreme Flow
Tecnofront Airbox 240 Plexi
XSPC 120 Radstands
Tygon tubing black
MDPC Sleeving and Button head screws

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Bottom of rad box.
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I am using thin foam weather striping to make a good seal on the rad box.
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I used regular fan shrouds to set the Panaflos back a little, kinda like a tunnel.
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Had the idea in my head, just wasn't sure how things were going to work yet.
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Can you remove the hard drive bays? If you removed them I bet you can fit your 240 rad right there and put the hard drives in the CD bay with some adapters. That way it's all internal.
 

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Can you remove the hard drive bays? If you removed them I bet you can fit your 240 rad right there and put the hard drives in the CD bay with some adapters. That way it's all internal.
Honestly, if I tried to fit everything into this case and do what I wanted it to do, I would have had to butcher a beautiful case:(
 

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subb'd. Always wanted to try an htpc h2o build. looks good so far
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Thanks, It gets better.
 

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I started this build because I needed a HTPC for my media center, and had some core components laying around. I also had an itch to build something:)
I wish I had the spare parts laying around that you do. Subbing I want to see this.
 

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What I wanted to accomplish is to make this as quiet and efficient as possible and still look good in my media center. I also had to be able to separate each component easily for cleaning and moving.

By using the 38mm Panaflos and Air box on the Black Ice 240 radiator and a Lian Li speed controller, I got a good balance of static pressure almost no sound until I needed the extra cooling.

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Still haven't decided the placement of everything, but got some fittings in.
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With some of the fittings in figured out where things will go. And started drilling holes and slots.
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With the reservoir I wanted to raise it up for a more direct flow to the pump. Also mounted radiator assembly and pump on rubber pads.

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Now for the frame.
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I am using a Lian Li PCI fan controller for the two Panaflos. It will turn down the fans to about 800 RPM. I made a bracket to sit next to the fans on the front of the rad box. And it keeps the Lian Li theme going.

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Next is the pass through for the tubing using BP Pass through fittings and some large washers that I reamed out for a tight and secure fit.
And know you will get an idea of the lay out and how this will work.

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Next is the pass through for the Lian Li case.

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Wow this thing is crazy...cant wait to see the end result.

Very nice work:thumb:
Thank you, and yes it is Crazy!!! More pic's coming.
 

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Lol total overkill. But watercooling it is a good idea.... my HTPC gets really hot even after 20 minutes of dirt3. Simmilar case to that one. (Even smaller though)
 

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Where did you get the aluminium frame for the rad box from? BTW, really nice, and a little bit of overkill


LOL, a little overkill, is an understatement!!! But like I said this is OCN, and this is going to do more then steam movies and videos. As far as where I got the frame, as you can see on page 1 that I made the the frame from aluminum pieces I got from Ace hardware
 

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This looks very good! Well done so far
Love the Lian Li cases


This is my first Lian Li case and I am extremely impressed with the feel and quality of this case, even for a HTPC case.
And thank you!
 
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