I have come across a conundrum. Before I begin, yes, you could call me a ricer, and that I have an apparent soft spot for aesthetics. Seeing as that's out of the way, let's commense with my inquiries, shall we?
My current rig (The relevant info):
AMD Phenom II 965 BE (Runs at 3.41 Ghz stock, may OC it to about 3.7 if you guys feel it's safe to do such)
4GB 550Ti (Yes, they actually do make this card)
-*Note: I am upgrading to a 2GB 6970 within a week or so.
Please don't bash on it for being (Insert company name here) or anything, I just need straight up assistance.
I've looked around, and I've come up with two options for myself. Here they are:
Corsair H100 with spiral UV blue LEDs around them, and 2x 120 Blue LED fans
My computer is supposed to be like Cthulhu (You know, the underwater monster thing from H.P. Lovecraft's story, Call of Cthulhu?) So I want it to look as cool as it can, while still maintaining the best performance/price ratio.
I'm leaning torwards the H100 as it's a wee bit cheaper, and easier to install.
I'm only getting the Zalman stuff for the following reasons:
-Makes 4L worth of ***.
It's going to make 4L of blue junk that is most likely going to build up on your blocks and inside your rad/pump. Simply use distilled water with one of those silver killcoils to prevent living things from growing (low likelihood, but nothing is 100% pure).
Keep in mind that you're looking at blue tubing...so it's going to be blue inside the case anyway...
Would it be possible to mount the radiator on top of the case, and have the water tubes go into the case via the grommeted holes in the back? How good would this look?
Or should I just get a larger case, like the NZXT Phantom and wait even longer?
There are few guys on here that have mounted external rads (might be joining that group soon). If you plan everything out ahead of time, you shouldn't have any problems doing it.
The grommeted holes are for WC tubing, but sometimes they aren't big enough. Keep in mind that 3/4" OD tubing is quite thick and may not fit through those holes (it doesn't in my case).
Oh, 'Doh! of course it'll already be blue!!! So that shaves some money off of the cost atleast.
I'm just afraid it might look... jury rigged... You know? I know I'll be able to do it (The radiator is screwed into the 2 140 slots, inside 2x 120 fans) but don't you think it will look bad or something? I don't want to spend a bunch of money, then not like the way it looks...
I'm just saying, that my current case is too small. I'd need to mount the radiator on top of the case (There is a legitimate place I could do this) but I'm afraid it'll look bad... What are your thoughts on that?
I've had my radiators mounted on the back, top and side of my case. The last time I bothered having rads internally was when I was running an 80mm rad. If you do it right, they look good. Someone on here had some images in their build logs on a top-mounted radiator...I want to say it was Moto...but I don't recall.
Gentlemen, please don't take this the wrong way but, in light of what I saw on those cases, I'm afraid this won't be for me. It looks sort of nice, but I'd rather have it all in the system. The Phantom is essentially just a larger version of my case, so I think I'll just purchase that and eventually liquid cool in that.
Only one question, where would I be able to mount a radiator? Would it be possible to do it about the 2x 200mm fans up top?