EDIT (May 10): I've completed a new mod which involved fitting a PA120.3 internally in a P182, if you want to give that one a read too, you can do so here
Some of you may know that I'm building a new rig, and I decided that I would go all out and watercool my system.
Antec P180, Core2Duo E6600, XFX 7900GS, WD 250GB HDD, 1GB PC6400 DDR2 @ 4-4-4-12, Abit AW9D-MAX, NeoHE 500W
I will be using a swiftech setup with:
- Storm v2 CPU Block
- MCW60 GPU Block
- MCR220-QP Dual Rad
- MCP655 Pump
- Tygon 1/2" ID
- T-line (probably between GPU and pump; see below)
Now fitting a dual rad in a P180 could be quite a challenge! I like challenges, so bring it on! What I plan on doing for the case setup is as follows (sorry for paint awesomeness!):
While I've still got your attention, i.e. before all the pics, what would be the best setup for the radiator/fan combo?
- As I drew above, sucking air out of the system, or blowing air into the case
- Fans below the radiator pushing air out, or pulling air in through the radiator
Stealing and editing ModTheBox's P180 pic, this shows what i have to remove on my case:
To remove the lower DVD tray, and the stupid square metal thing at the bottom stopping a nice fan going there, i had to drill out some rivets, woo! Hardcore! The tray was a little more awkward though, as it has little lugs that kept it in, and not owning a dremel
I had to improvise and tried jigsawing them out, but with little clearance for the blade I ended smashing through the metal with a hammer and screwdriver!
Here is what i did before i had to go to work today, I can now appreciate how much effort it is modding a PC case!
Here is the case mostly stripped down, ready for modding:
Dual Rad Cutout Template:
Lots of drilling, sawing, cut fingers and hours later:
And this is a rather bad shot of my new monitor next to my parents old one (they did have a flatscreen too but it got stolen!), this is running on my parents desktop PC, widescreen gaming is going to be so awesome!
So that's where I'm at now. Supposedly I'm moving out to my uni accommodation sharpish, but I wont have access to any power tools, so looks like I'll be staying till I've finished all my cutting and drilling!
And there is hope for fellow MAX users!
Someone on XS has decided that its possible to do SLi and have a X-fi!
Love to see those temps!
PS. My power supply will be here on monday, so hopefully my case will be ready to put that in when it gets here!