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Old January 5, 2009, 06:57 AM
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:help:Hi everyone!!

i'm new to this forum and would appreciate if anyone could help me with my new water cooling set up.
I just purchased a Swiftech H20-220 APEX ULTIMA kit and was planning to instal it on my TT Armor Plus. I also got a MCR320 3x120mm Radiator to use instead of the 2 fan radiator that it comes with. Because my case fan set up exhaustes all hot air at the back of the case " includig my PSU(enermax galaxy) that also exhaustes hot air by its rear fan", I would prefer not to instal my radiator behind the computer.
Could anyone give me any ideas of how to fit this big 3 fan radiator somewhere other than behind the case? Any modding idea is welcome.

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-tt armor +
-Asus m3 ht deluxe MB
-windows vista home premium 64 bit
-9800 gtx x2(SLI mode)
-swiftech H20-220 apex ultima cpu cooler
-creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
-phenom 9850 black
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-wd caviar black 750gb sata hd
-seagate 750 IDE hd
-8gb( 2x4)ocz reaper hpc ddr2 memory 4-4-4-15
-lg blu-ray drive
-asus dvd/cd drive
-enermax galaxy PSU
-ultra card reader

Thanks in advance and hope to hear from you guys!!!

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Old January 5, 2009, 07:17 AM
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Depending on how much modding you want to do, you could try a top mount like I did here.... http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...s.html#post304 , or you can also try a front mount, but that takes up a lot of space normally reserved for ODD or HDD. You can also have a look through the Post your watercooling setup thread for ideas.

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Old January 5, 2009, 07:52 AM
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Hi SSWILSON,

Thanks for you reply!! These are definetly good ideas!
I was thinking about mouting it in front of the case. I am open to any kind of modding, as long as my rad gets all the fresh air it needs to cool my phenom(these things run hot man!!).
I will take a look here now and see what I will be able to do, to instal it front of the case. As long as I can leave 3 spots open for my fan controller and 2 drives I will be fine.

Thank you very much once again and I will be back if anything.
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Old January 5, 2009, 09:15 AM
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What Kind of Fan Controller are you using?
You could always swap that out to make more space at the front.
I know Zalman has a few nice 6/8(?) channel ones that can take 6W per channel.
And, they only take up 1 bay!

Also, if you wanted to, you could buy the External RadBox for that Swiftech and mount it outside of the case as well. Some people suggested that to me for my First WC Loop (which, I am waiting till tax time to do).

Just some thoughts,

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You know you could mod your case to the max you can, but mounting your rad on the outside of the case allows the freshest air to hit the rad.. Exactly like Sswilson has his mounted, you could also buy L brackets and mount the rad horizontally, which would require little to no modding..

If you do decide to mount the rad straight down like wilson did, the easiest way for not modding I think is if you have spare or useless 120mm fans, just cut out the motor and wings and use the fan housing as spacers, that way you'll just might have to drill holes on the case to pass screws or you can use velcro to attach the fan housing to the case..
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If your case is the one I think it is, an internal mount would be fairly easy, if you did it similar to my 900 with a dual rad.

The HDD's mount in the bracket by the PSU up top. Remove the front HDD cage. Mount rad to side of 5.25" cage, fans pushing fresh air through the rad from the outside. Now you have an internal triple rad mount.

See this thread for what I did for an internal mount. Most ideas should work for you.

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This would take up 9 of your 10 5.25" bays though.
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Old January 5, 2009, 11:20 AM
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You know you could mod your case to the max you can, but mounting your rad on the outside of the case allows the freshest air to hit the rad.. Exactly like Sswilson has his mounted, you could also buy L brackets and mount the rad horizontally, which would require little to no modding..

If you do decide to mount the rad straight down like wilson did, the easiest way for not modding I think is if you have spare or useless 120mm fans, just cut out the motor and wings and use the fan housing as spacers, that way you'll just might have to drill holes on the case to pass screws or you can use velcro to attach the fan housing to the case..

Thanks for your reply.

I think the set up on top of the case should be very cool.
I was considering to mount it right in front of the case but it would take too much room there(almost all my drive bays). Isntaling the rad on top is my new favorite choice!

Thanks again
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If your case is the one I think it is, an internal mount would be fairly easy, if you did it similar to my 900 with a dual rad.

The HDD's mount in the bracket by the PSU up top. Remove the front HDD cage. Mount rad to side of 5.25" cage, fans pushing fresh air through the rad from the outside. Now you have an internal triple rad mount.

See this thread for what I did for an internal mount. Most ideas should work for you.

SugarJ's 900 Internal WC Project

This would take up 9 of your 10 5.25" bays though.
Thanks SugarJ,

Nice work you did with your pc!
I think that probably, mounting the rad on top will work better for me(my rad is too big). If my rad was the same size as yours, I would not think twice and mount it the way you did. God job man.
Just to clarify, here is the link showing my case model:

Thermaltakeusa»Chassis»Full Tower»Armor Series»Armor+ : Armor+ VH6000SWA


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Well. glad to help, just follow what sswilson and sugar's directions, very experienced people..
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Well. glad to help, just follow what sswilson and sugar's directions, very experienced people..
Sure!!

I will be back with more questions and so on....
I'm new to water cooling and help is alway welcome.
I'll be geting my rad tomorrow. I need to have a visual to continue.


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