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Old December 6, 2011, 06:39 PM
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Gonna be getting a triple rad setup.
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The only option I could think of is to have the rad mounted on top of the case with the fans on the inside mounted to the ceiling pushing air up.

This is the layout I was thinking of:


(If I do go with this layout I would be cutting out the top using a template)


I am new to water cooling but have been building computers for years now so I'm not to worried about putting it together.

I just need some tips on placement of things. The case is mid sized so there isn't tons of room but I think this layout would work.

Do you guys see any potential problems with my layout plan, especially the radiator?

Also if this layout will work, do you have any tips for certain hardware to make things go smoother?
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Old December 6, 2011, 10:25 PM
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Now, I'm not a TOTAL expert on water cooling. But, that doesn't seem like a smart idea. Or that it will work.
I doubt you'll be able to mount it anyways.. without modding.
If the fans are blowing the air at the TOP of the case. I think the hot air would have no place to go and would remain in your case, as it doesn't have a escape for the other two 120mm. The Antec will not have enough to yank all that hot air quick enough.

I do have an enclosed water cooler.. And, it does blow a lot of warm air out of my case. And, my cpu remains around 20C

Your BEST best would be to find a case that accommodates that RAD. OR, find a way to mount it outside of the case.
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Old December 6, 2011, 10:37 PM
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Now, I'm not a TOTAL expert on water cooling. But, that doesn't seem like a smart idea. Or that it will work.
I doubt you'll be able to mount it anyways.. without modding.
If the fans are blowing the air at the TOP of the case. I think the hot air would have no place to go and would remain in your case, as it doesn't have a escape for the other two 120mm. The Antec will not have enough to yank all that hot air quick enough.

I do have an enclosed water cooler.. And, it does blow a lot of warm air out of my case. And, my cpu remains around 20C

Your BEST best would be to find a case that accommodates that RAD. OR, find a way to mount it outside of the case.
Looks like he has intentions on cutting out the top of the case to accommodate the rad. Even at that, it will will be very tight. I'm not saying that it can't be done, but it might be wiser to invest in slightly larger case.

Otherwise, the logic seems to be fine. If you do decide to go through with it, make sure to post a build log! Would love to see what can be done. I had a 300 before I upgraded to my 800D as I wasn't interested in cramming that much gear into a small case.
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Old December 7, 2011, 10:48 PM
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haha yeah, as stated below the pic "(If I do go with this layout I would be cutting out the top using a template)"

I kind of assumed half the fun of water cooling was modding the case to fit your setup :P
Really though, a high end $300 case just isn't in the budget...

I'm trying to think of ways I can get the radiator in the case.
One idea I had was chopping and moving the mobo tray lower to only support mATX, that would give me the clearance to fit the radiator and fans internally :D which is what I really want.

I'll be sure to make a log either way haha
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Old December 8, 2011, 09:08 PM
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The HAF-X fits a triple rad on the top. It's not TOO pricey at around 200.
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Old December 9, 2011, 03:53 PM
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I think the entire line of HAF cases are hideous.
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it will fit with some moding
gonna be extremely tight on the inside

i installed a rad on top on an antec 900 n its just right
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Old December 9, 2011, 05:04 PM
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I have a top mounted 360 and front mounted 240 rad crammed into basically a normal old midtower case. both radiators are basically set up how you will have yours, with the radiator mounted to the exterior and fans internally. it's nice to have it all in such a small package but assembly was a bit of a pain. here's a link to my worklog if you're interested. to bleed the top radiator I left enough tube so i could pull it out and stand it kinda beside the case to make it easier.

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