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  • ShegoServer - The Green Watercooled Machine
  • ShegoServer - The Green Watercooled Machine


    Day 2 - Fan Adaptor

    To maximize airflow to the radiator the opening was cut to be a square. This was not the original plan but plans change when beer is involved (see Day 1). Personally I think having the opening as a square looks better however there won't be any change in performance as a result. One of the drawbacks to this decision is that a new mounting method had to be devised.
    For this the mounting brackets where turned out away from the radiator. Try doing that with a black ice extreme. In their normal location the installation brackets allow the user to mount the radiator in an empty 120mm fan space however when the mounts are turned away you no longer have that luxury. Since I still wanted to be able to remove the fan without tearing the system down I decided to build an adaptor. The first step was to fiberglass some nuts to the mounting brackets. To ensure that no resin would get on to the threads a matching set of bolts were installed to protect the threads.
    An extra piece of plexi was used to fashion the fan adaptor plate and after some dremel cuts and power sanding the adaptor was complete. Simply mount the fan to the adaptor using typical fan screws and then bolt the adaptor to the radiator brackets. If the fan ever needs replaced fan simply reverse the process.
    At this point everything was trial fit to ensure that there were no errors during fabrication.