I am putting together a C2D build here in the next week and I plan to OC it as much as I can. I have never used liquid cooling, but I want to. Since I'm a complete novice I was wondering what you guys thought of this case that I just stumbled across. THANKS!
The Armor is a great case for water cooling because it is huge but if you want to get serious about water cooling you need to build your own system. The one it that case would probably work well for just the cpu but if you intend to cool the video also you'll need more. Price varies alot but check out these places to get an idea.
I realize that this case is not going to come assembled so I will still have to install all of this stuff correctly; but do you think that if the case is already setup for this particular package then it should be easier? I know that most everyone is going to suggest I go "DIY", but I'm just not knowledgable enough about LCS yet to be able to part out all of that stuff. I know, I can research it... but I really don't have all that time right now. Here's my biggest question right now though... how does the CPU block mount? Does it have brackets like a regualr heatsinkor what? I'm getting either a 975X or nForce 590 based mobo... probably an MSI brand. Also, is it wise to use AS5 w/ the CPU block? I've read some of the sticky on this board but I prefer to actually talk to you guys. THANKS AGAIN!
It uses 4 screws and a pair of "H" shaped brackets (one for top and one for bottom). If you can operate a screwdriver you can install the water block but you will need to do it with the board out of the case. I'd be interested in finding how to bleed the air out of the system once you fill it. This is very important for propper cooling.
One of my suggestions is to add a reservoir into your loop. This may take up one of the 5.25" drives at the top but it will make filling the system and removing bubbles easier. If you don't want a reservoir then use a fillport like this one. http://www.frozencpu.com/ex-res-48.html
You could buy a DIY kit like the Swiftech Ultra
That kit comes with everything you need. It has a better everything really (except the radiator is probably the same) than the TT kit.
Here is my custom DIY in the armor.
You'll notice I also added a 120mm fan on the side to cool my ram. DIY is not so hard, my first WC was DIY and as long as you take your time (my computer was down for 3 days), you can do it right.
Waylander - I really like your LC setup. I have the Armor Jr. as well and am looking to put an SLI system in it. Could you list the components you used to build your LC setup? Who would you recommend to pick this stuff up from? One more thing ... where did you install the rad?