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Case Mod - In Progress [Project] Monochrome - Fractal Designs Arc Midi

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Dphi, 4 May 2012.

  1. Dphi

    Dphi New Member

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    So I'm growing somewhat tired of perching on top of a pair of full tower cases and a UPS. In a bid to save my posture I've been eying up the smaller ARC Midi which could fit on my desk.

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    I'm intending on a dual 120 radiator build which should fit with a little Dremel work + I've seen at least one other dual rad build in an Arc Midi so I'm pretty confident :thumb:

    First off though some new tools are required as my three screwdrivers, one spanner and a hammer probably aren't going to cut it this time. A quick trip to B&Q sorted me out with a dremel some spare cutting disks an 18v Hammer Drill and a set of files.

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    Step 1 was to remove the HDD cage's as I'll be mounting 2.5" disks elsewhere within the case and needed the space for rad's pumps etc.

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    I left a portion of the support on the left hand side to help reduce pump vibrations there's now plenty of room in the base to accommodate the radiator width.

    I used the part of the cage I’d just cut out to provide a more sturdy looking base for the pump shelf, this also conveniently covered up the rough cut edge.

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    Cut away a portion of the base and drilled holes to allow airflow and mounting for the radiator. Conveniently there's already grilling for a 140mm fan so only a small amount of cutting work was required to extend this to 240mm.

    I choose the Phoyba G Changer radiator as I like the logo and they also come with 4 G1/4 sockets which allowed me to fit low profile temp probes directly rather than inline on the tubing. To attach it to the case I mounted it along with the fans to a 240mm grill, I then bolted the whole assembaly to the case.

    Using this arrangement does restrict your choice in PSU any extend length models aren’t going to fit. I placed my PSU in when I was lineing up the radiator mounting holes and I dont recon there was more than about 5mm clearance between the Radiator and PSU and even then I needed to align the modular plugs to sit between the radiator inlet/outlet. If needed you could remove the lower front 140mm fan and slide the Rad a little further forward.

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    I mounted the pump (Aquastream XT Ultra), to the shelf using an antivibration pad. The M3 bolts go down through the whole shelf assembaly and hold everything in place.

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    Some other bits of kit yet to be fitted; got a bit carried away with the camera (dont worry no home porn, totally safe for work)...

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    The reservoir is an Aquacomputer Aquaduct in black, I have to admit I was really surprised by the quality, its outstanding, the entire structure is machined from a single lump of metal the only plastic on this is the Perspex lid and o-ring. I opted for the G1/4 inch version which is equipped with a total of six ports, three on the base and three on the side. Currently I have a temp probe, the Aquacomputer RGD lighting module which can change colour based on water temp and an Aquatube for the nice visual effect.


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    More to follow soon!

    Cheers,
    Dphi
     
  2. Plodder

    Plodder New Member

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    Hi there and welcome to bit-tech.

    Looking good so far. Any info on what you will be cooling?
     
  3. BeauchN

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    That is some nice kit you've assembled there. I'll be keen to see how this progresses

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  4. KidMod-Southpaw

    KidMod-Southpaw Super Spamming Saiyan

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    This looks promising, nice start. :thumb:

    And welcome to Bit Tech, enjoy your stay!
     
  5. Dphi

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    May 7th Update!

    Hi all,

    Managed to get some more done!

    As the only device going in the 5.25” bays was the Aquaero 5 Pro I had space to top mount the Aquaduct. Helpfully dead centre above the 5.25” bays is a grill to mount a 120mm fan; this was easily cut away as well as a section of the top mesh and filter to slot the reservoir in. The Aquaduct mounting plate nicely covers any rough edges. It is slightly wonky atm I'll fix that soon :)

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    I did have to switch the temp probe to the side and add a second 90 degree compression fitting as the reservoir mounting plate would have had to be mounted back to front in order to get the 3 G/14 side fittings to be pointing backwards into the case. Didn't use Bitspower fittings for these as they wont be visible and my pockets aren't of infinite depth :p

    Fitted the Aquaero PRO and swapped the front plate for the optional black one. Used the Poweradjust mounting plate to fill the second 5.25” bay. I don't have any Poweradjusts this was purely for aesthetics as I didn't want to use the stock mounting plates and I like the Aquacomputer logo :naughty:

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    Cheers + Happy Bank Holiday!

    Dphi
     

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