Instructions: Do-it-yourself water cooling
Get to work
We used an AMD Athlon C 1333MHz on the EPoX 8KHA + mainboard in a 0815 Midi- Tower. The second fastest CPU of the Thunderbird series makes considerable demands on the cooling used with almost 70 watts of power loss under full load. The first thing to do was to identify the positions of the individual components in order to bring the hoses to the required dimensions and to be able to carry out a test run. To avoid damage when working on the case and during the test phase, we removed the valuable interior of the midi tower. Only the power supply remained in the PC. Let's go!
What to do with the radiator
As already mentioned, the enclosed radiator is not additionally actively cooled, which is due to the intended installation behind the case fans. However, what in the Swiftech instructions on the LiteOn FS020 server housing could be converted into reality without any problems, turned out to be our midi tower (pc cooling recommends a midi server or big tower) and a SilentMaxx that was also usedST-11 Big-Tower turned out to be impossible. In addition to the cold device connection, the heat exchanger also covered a few other important sockets and, due to the lack of space, could not have been fastened stably enough for transport, as the fastening holes extended far beyond the computer wall. Instead of the not very informative radiator dimensions of 280 x 140 x 19 mm, pc-cooling should set a link to the informative assembly template in the Swiftech instructions and thus give potential customers the opportunity to measure precisely and, if necessary, before they buy to switch to a model that is already actively cooled.
Nonetheless, the water cooling should also be used after this small setback in wander the calculator. After weighing up the advantages and disadvantages, we finally decided to mount the radiator on top of the tower. In order to make the cooling fins accessible from both sides of the air, two four-edge pieces of wood were used as temporary support beams. Ultimately, however, the installation of the radiator depends on a number of factors such as the nature of the housing, the cooling and the hobbyist's ideal of beauty, so that in the end each user has to individually determine where the heat exchanger is to be used. In our case we did not paint it.
Pump into the housing
The choice Finding a suitable location for the pump is much easier here. So that the Eheim model does not cause any difficulties during transport and the already extremely quiet operating noise can be effectively reduced, the assembly within the housing should be preferred. Since we didn't have to fear any conflicts with long plug-in cards (SB AWE 32/64, Voodoo²), the pump was attached to the front part of the computer. Since our installation was a temporary matter, we also did without drills and screws and attached the pump with double-sided adhesive tape. For safe transport, however, it is strongly advisable to screw the pump stand firmly to the housing base. As you can see in the picture, we screwed the two adapters onto the input and output before installation. As recommended by pc-cooling, we only tightened the adapter hand-tight, but for the time being we did not use adhesive to seal it.
On the next page: Mounting the heat sink