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Old 04-04-09, 11:45 PM
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Project P182 Watercooled V2!

My last WC project was in a P180, and I'm not very creative when it comes to naming things so this project has been dubbed V2.

Anyway, this is what I managed last time for my first ever PC build/Watercool/Mod (yeah, all rolled into one!):



(and you can read about it :here:)

Not bad eh? :P

So lately I've had the itch to upgrade my cooling, but there just wasn't anywhere that I could see in my current P180 to fit a bigger and better radiator. So for a while I was looking at other cases, but I decided I just loved my P180 too much to give up.

I made a compromise and got a P182 to start again with (I'd always wanted a black P180, so here was my chance!)

The plan is pretty simple (and I'm afraid this time I didn't do an awesome mockup in paint).

I'm going to take one of these bad boys:



And fit it internally into a P182!

Just for those of you that don't know the scale of this radiator, here's my current P180 vs the PA120.3



This is going to be fun!

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Old 04-04-09, 11:48 PM
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P182 Sexytime

This arrived wednesday last week, and I shouldn't have ordered parts knowing they would get here while I still had to work (I didn't have the time to mod, but wanted to start on it!)



Why Antec didn't make this in black originally I'll never know! It's so sexy.



Here's the inside of the P182, just like all the other P182's in the world. But this one didn't look like that for long.



Within 5mins of opening the box (and taking the above pics) I'd stripped it down as far as I could.

Don't look, she's nekkid!



Oh have I got plans for this baby

Dan
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Old 04-04-09, 11:51 PM
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Let the modding commence!

I finally had some time to do some modding today

But before I could do any modding I needed something to cut with (because I was out of Dremel wheels), fortunately I managed to find some (after looking in three hardware stores!). So let the modding commence!

I've still not got everything planned out in my head, so I'm taking this slow till I work out where things are going to go.



I'd taken out the rivets on the bottom chamber middle bits yesterday so I could try and fit some stuff in, but I couldn't. So to see if this is all going to fit, i'm going to have to cut it and just pray!



Cuts cut out! Hmm, there's still a bit of metal I've got to cut out. What shall I do about that?



Let's murderalise the case is what!

I was having fun taking out rivets, Maybe I went a little too far?

I made some other cuts and filed down edges etc, but I'll not bore you with pictures (namely because I didn't take any more)



And this is what a case looks like when it's held together with zipties rather than rivets, hmm, it's like a whole new level of ghetto modding :P

But anyway, that masked up thing is actually my rad, and if you hadn't of guessed yet, that's where I'm planning on stashing it.



To make enough room for the rad, the shroud and the fans, I going to have to to turn the PSU on it's side and cut out the metal lip that the sidepanel hooks onto (I'll have to mod the sidepanel accordingly later).

Where the PSU is, there will be absolutely no room across the width of the case for anything else in the bottom chamber. At the end of all this, if the sidepanel goes back on without a bulge then I'll be dead chuffed

I've ordered a bunch of watercooling gear, and apart from a couple more cuts in the case, I'll be waiting on all that to get here before I can carry on with anything major.

Dan
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Old 05-04-09, 12:12 AM
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Looking very good!

/looks at P180 sat behind him doing nothing and starts stealing ideas
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Old 05-04-09, 04:16 PM
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Nice job, look forward to the rest of it
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Old 07-04-09, 11:13 PM
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WC Parts Are Here!

Got my WC parts in today





Now I can get some real case cutting done

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Old 07-04-09, 11:30 PM
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Sweet moding! What tools did you use to cut the case up? I'm currently doing a small case mod (on an old case I had) and I want to cut it up nice.

I love how you've mounted the PSU and PA120.3.
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Old 07-04-09, 11:54 PM
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Thanks for the compliments

I've used a Dremel (rotary tool) to cut out everything so far.

I drilled out the rivets with a drill.

And I'll probably be using a jigsaw to make the cuts in the sidepanels for the fans etc.

Hope that helps,

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Old 08-04-09, 12:00 AM
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Nice!

I'm looking into getting a Dremel, but they're a bit too much for me to spend. I'll probably get one anyway... Regardless on what my bank says.

Thanks for the information! Keep up the awesome work.
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Old 12-04-09, 08:59 PM
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Cuts Etc

So i've done a fair bit of cutting and didn't take any in-between pictures, probably because I wanted to just get it done rather than faff about with stopping for pictures



(I've still got to cut out some more of this so it can slide open/shut and not get caught on the fans)



And for the first time, here is everything lined up inside!



Look at that! Pretty much a perfect fit

And for my next trick, how'd you like the look of a Noctua NF-P12 with a black frame?



Painstakingly hand painted with chaos black model paint that I stole off of my brother

(I don't think I dare paint the blades in case it unbalances it and sends the fan wobbly).

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