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Old August 25, 2009, 05:07 PM
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Default Homemade external water cooling

I own the very good (but also very small) antec 900 case and i wanted to add water cooling to my computer (CPU and VGA). Prefab systems like the exos-2 are way to expensive. (and boring) So i decided to build my own external water cooled sys and run the tubes in my case.

Ill be using the case fans (antec 120mm) for my rad since i wont need them as much.

here are the component i got so far

-Swifttec 120mm triple
-Swifttec Mp 655 pump
-mrez micro resevoir

here is a pic (back side with rad installed)
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The external case is made of 1/8 inch acrilic sheets and small aluminium angles.


this is the front side
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this box will have a hinged door and a small duct for the fans to take the air from.
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door installed...

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here is the final configuration for the components...

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this only thing that i am not sure about is how to get power to this unit. All connections are molex (pump and fans) that can be connected in series, will a single molex output plug from my psu be capable to power all these things without overheating? (I have the antec trupower quatro 850 watt psu). Also do you guys think that my reservoir is too small for this setup? (It was on sale)

you guys have any opinion?
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Old August 25, 2009, 05:36 PM
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1. Welcome to the Forums.
2. The Micro-res is a very good choice. It will be perfect for the job.
3. Make sure you bleed the res properly, since your barbs are at the bottom and air can be trapped at the top.
4. You can run all 3 fans + pump on a single molex no problem. You can use one of those to have external power: NCIX.com - Buy Mod Smart PCI Power Bracket - Provides 2X 4-PIN Molex and 2X 3-PIN Fan External Power Connectors - PCI2434 In Canada.
5. Clecos! I haven't used those in a long time! The best assembly tool out there. Are you in the aerospace business?

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edit: forgot to add - what will you be using to attach the plexi to the brackets?
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Old August 25, 2009, 06:30 PM
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wow very good workmanship and welcome
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want to see that up and running..nicely made..
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yup i work for a small aircraft maintenance company in north bay, canada.

ill post more once its all done..

thx

oh and ill be installing small #6 bolts for the final assembly, i was thinking bout rivets but this plastic cracks very easy, bolts are safer.
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We may have met before then.

I worked as an engineer on the 415s at Bombardier for a year...
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really? Thats crazy, its a small world. I work next door to the bombardier (also called vortex) hangar, at voyageur airways.

didn't expect to meet a fellow aircraft engineer on this site.
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sswilson and I are ex-AMEs. We are probably the only ones here that know what are Clecos.. ;)
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Heh... I am a bit envious though that he's still got access (you probably do too 3.0Charlie) to the tools.... ;)

Any special plans for how you're going to route the tubing into the case? (quick disconnects?).
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I still have some tools, but I'm missing most of them.
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