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Old 8th May, 2004, 05:23 AM
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Thumbs up Project "Liquid Silver" Lian Li/EXOS Mod update 5/19

After a few weeks of debating, searching, researching, reading posts and laughing at some pretty funny threads I have decided to prove some of the naysayers wrong by using an external WC unit on my latest project.

The case is going to be the Lian Li PC73 SL cooled by a modified Koolance Exos Al unit. The mod being the unit will be recessed into the top of the case for a (Hopefully) Factory look.

Why would I do this you ask? 1 Becuase I can and 2, It turns a generic Lian Li and Exos into something a little different.

Some of you will/may question my choice of an external unit and that's fine. My point is to show that they can be a VERY comparable choice to a DIY kit and still keep the custom/Mod factor.

I will post pics as I go when I have a chance.

Thanks for the help, laughs and hopefully compliments.

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Old 8th May, 2004, 05:27 AM
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An inside shot showing how much room this thing has. Talk about elbow room and area to grow. The other shot is of the HD cage with nice pull handle and full rubber isolators for real quite drives. SHould keep my 2 WD 80Gig SATA's and my 40Gig JB quite
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Old 8th May, 2004, 05:30 AM
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In this shot you can see how both the MB side cover and top of the case are both covered in 1/4 inch thick soundproofing which is extremely well and neatly applied.
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Old 8th May, 2004, 05:32 AM
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Well 4 hours of Measuring.....Measuring again.......And than Measure one more time before cutting yeilded this........Temp mounted to check clearances and what the look would be. I think it looks pretty good how about you guys?
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Old 8th May, 2004, 05:33 AM
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Here's a shot showing the position of the Rad and how it fits in. Like a glove. I was even able to use the firm rubber fan ducts so the entire Rad surface still gets an even, smooth flow of air.
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Old 8th May, 2004, 05:34 AM
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No good doing all this work and not being able to see it so $15 worth of materials, 2 hours of Measure....Measure....Measure cut and we get this.....
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Old 8th May, 2004, 05:35 AM
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I figured I might as well keep cutting and decided on this location for the res. as it keeps it the highest point, allows for easy filling and viewing of the coolant level. First up, Measure.....Measure...Measure (Do you notice a theme here? Lol) and than 1 hour of cutting and filing with a long file got me this...
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Old 8th May, 2004, 05:36 AM
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When I was happy with the final fit this is how the res looks mounted in place. What do you guys think? Should look good when it's glowing Orange from the 2 12" UV CCFL's and DYE.
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Old 8th May, 2004, 05:36 AM
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Well.....This is where she sits right now. Tonight should be mounting of the control board and starting the wiring, Layout of the CCFL's and possibly start the duct from the back to the RAD. Pics should be here Tom. am.
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Old 8th May, 2004, 05:39 AM
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Not really a productive night but hey I WAS at work
Managed to get the control board mounted and partially wired.

The other picture is the mounting plate for the pump along with the rubber isolators.

Not being one to waste, I reused the handles from the Koolance unit as panel pull handles.
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Finished Res mount. Just need to clean up tape residue.
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Old 8th May, 2004, 05:44 AM
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Well, that's were she sits right now. The CCFL's - Orange UV DYE - Aluminum Floppy Bezel - Aluminum Drive bay w Auto flip down door - PSU Sleeve Kit - Fan Sleeve Kit - TweakMonster VGA HeatSinks - Koolance 300 Series WB for CPU - 180 Series WB for 9800XT were all delivered by my Fedex Man

More pics hopefully by Sunday if I can work on it over the weekend
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A completely factory look! Very nice workmanship, looks like a single piece forged unit!

Having and loving my own Koolance I'm curious about why you decided to farm things out a bit rather than taking the easy way out and just installing it as a single unit?

Would the EXOS have breathing problems in her new location otherwise, Or did you have other requirements you wanted to meet?
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Oh My God !! What do I say except THANKS!! Now this is an honor Now It HAS to be top notch

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A completely factory look! Very nice workmanship, looks like a single piece forged unit!

Having and loving my own Koolance I'm curious about why you decided to farm things out a bit rather than taking the easy way out and just installing it as a single unit?

Would the EXOS have breathing problems in her new location otherwise, Or did you have other requirements you wanted to meet?
One of the reasons was with my 13 month old son running around and loving ANYTHING electronic, It was a fear of mine of him tipping it off the tower.

The other reason.... I wanted to be different

Another reason......Somebody over at "Another" Forum said it couldn't be done.

I think it will breathe easier in the case versus up top. The path of air is just MORE free flowing in this arrangement.

Thanks Again Guys...... More pics soon
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Are you going to duct air in towards the rad or just let it use the air in the case?
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