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Old 10th Jan 2013, 11:02   #1
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Hi all, been planning this loop for a few years now, bought most of the stuff then ran out of money. Anyway trying to get it finished now, iv done a design on sketchup approximately where everything will go (im not the best) and wanted your opinions. Note that the NB SB and pwms will be in one of the loops.

Originally i had 2 graphics cards thats why there are 2 loops, so i thought i would keep them for when i get another 570.

Anyway, my plan is to build a small enclosure out of plexiglass ( already bought it ) iv got 4 500x500mm sheets 8mm, but the problem im having is if it will support the rest of the computer?

Iv thought about putting the enclosure on top but then im unsure if the pumps will work effectively being above the waterblocks?

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I think it would support the whole case no. you'd probably have to put in a support frame.
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Old 11th Jan 2013, 12:06   #3
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Im trying to think of ways to support it. One idea is angle iron on the inside or outside and tap/bolt the plexi to it.

Does anyone have any better ideas?
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Build a box out of 6mm HDF (high density fibreboard). Way easier to work with, if you don't have any special tools, and it's dirt cheap aswell. You can buy 1mē of 6mm HDF for some €20.
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I already have the plexiglass, just need to think of a way to strengthen it.
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Old 11th Jan 2013, 17:43   #6
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put some ribs against the plexi then? 8 mm plexi is not that weak, and if its strengthened by plexi 90 degrees on the walls, it'll be that much stronger.

top side view:

|- RADIATOR -|
|- PUMPS -|
|- RADIATOR -|

with the minus sign glued against the wall, so to reinforce it. effectively making the plexi much thicker.


Edit: this is not clear, isn't it?
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What do you mean? Bend some plexi into 90' and fix it to the case on the joints?
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Ok, I made a quick-quick sketchup of what i meant. This way, the side is much stronger than without the ribs. And with some imagination, the ribs could be built in in the design. (to hold your radiators etc)

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I already have the plexiglass, just need to think of a way to strengthen it.
I thought you were only going to build the reservoirs out of the plexi.

Anyways, 8mm plexi doesn't need any reinforcement. The material is strong enough to carry the weight of the case ontop, if you build a box out of it. You just need to make sure that the joints are strong enough, and I would recommend using brass-inserts and screws to join the panels, as I'm not too confident with glue.
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I see what you mean now.

Good idea, but i cannot see how i could implement it and still have the radiators mounted where they are.

I could use the idea and make a U shape and have the hoses running up them;
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Another problem im having is how to mount the reservoirs. Id like to use the threaded holes in the sides, the only way i can think is drill a hole in the side and have a long bolt. Ill need to take it out to put water in. My plan was to cut a hole in the back panel and put a fan grill there or something.


Thanks for help btw.
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I thought you were only going to build the reservoirs out of the plexi.

Anyways, 8mm plexi doesn't need any reinforcement. The material is strong enough to carry the weight of the case ontop, if you build a box out of it. You just need to make sure that the joints are strong enough, and I would recommend using brass-inserts and screws to join the panels, as I'm not too confident with glue.
No, need to build the whole bottom box. Oh, brilliant, saves a lot of work for me.


Iv been told by my friend that the glue is the business as his friends make fish tanks using it and such. Can anyone else vouch? Id prefer using the inserts to be honest as it allows me to take a panel off if needed.
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Back to your pump question. It doesn't matter where it is in relation to the GPUs. More importantly is it is below the reservoir. Reason being that it will be a bugger to primer the system and you also run the risk of the pump running dry.
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