Free Lian Li PC V2000 build

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  1. bmxfelon420

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    Alright, well i've been running a Coolermaster Centurion 590 for years, and it's served pretty well. Earlier this year I did some upgrades to my rig, and it has this setup in it:

    FX8370@4.7ghz
    Gskill 16gb DDR3 2400
    Asus Crosshair V Formula Z
    2x Asus Strix GTX970
    PC P&C Silencer 1200w
    2x 240mm Radiators
    Swiftech blocks
    MCP655 Pump
    7/16 tubing

    Now currently, all of the cooling stuff is in the same loop. This was OK for a single GPU, but as it is now, if I run Prime at anything above 4.7 my temps creep up to 60 or so. I've come to the conclusion that the idle heat dump and total capacity of the system isnt adequate for the load temperatures I'd like to maintain (preferrably under 50c load on the CPU). As is, I already mount the second radiator on top of my current case. I'm fine with this, and it looks fine, but i'm really limited on options for further upgrades. The only room I have left is to upgrade one of the radiators to a triple 120, or put a single 120 on the outside of the case on the rear exhaust fan.

    Well at work we had a customer who had their old server (if you could even call it that) built inside of one of these:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112092

    We decommissioned that server and the case sat in the garage at the office for almost a year. We finally cleaned out the garage, so I took it home. The case is in perfect shape. Everything is there, and there's not a single scratch on it. It even has the plastic on the Lian Li emblem still. So I plan on moving my machine into it. The ultimate plan is to separate the CPU and GPU loops to two seperate loops entirely. Here's how it'd be laid out

    GPU loop:
    2x Swiftech MCW60 blocks
    Swiftech MCP650 pump
    1 2x120mm in front 5 1/4 bays (gonna get vented bay covers)
    1 2x120 with built in reservoir under case top panel (fans will be pull so it will fit entirely inside of the case.

    I think for GPUs this will be more than enough cooling for now and the forseeable future. These are existing radiators I already have. This will also serve to massively increase case airflow. Not that it's bad as is, but considering how hot the VRMs can get this can only help

    CPU loop:
    Swiftech Apogee XL block
    MCP655 fixed speed pump (exactly the same as the 650 really)
    2x 3x140mm radiators in bottom of case (I plan on mounting these in a triangular fashion. The fans will be attached to the side panels and shrouded to meet the radiators. I may go quad 140s if they'll fit.

    Now the CPU loops pump will be in the bottom, but i'm not 100% sure where I want to mount the other pump. I was thinking possibly behind the radiator in the 5 1/4 bays similar to the current radiator. I just need to see how the video card blocks point to see what'd work best.

    I also have a couple extra single 120mm radiators, would it be worth throwing one or two where they fit? I have a Black Ice and a brand new XSPC rad that didnt fit into a case I was building.

    Also, if you know the case or check the link, you'll see there's a little shroud meant to help duct air for the CPU cooler. I was going to modify it to pull air over the VRMS instead. Probably cut a window into it for aesthetics, plus it gives me a use for the plexi scraps I have.

    Posted a pic of the side panel I bought, I also have the original non windowed one that it came with. I plan on looking into having it anodized after I cut the exhaust in the bottom. Is there any way to touch up anodizing easily? I need to also cut a vent on the backside the way that i'm doing the radiator setup.
     

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    So jelly. What a great case!
     
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    Yeah I couldnt believe that someone used this for a server. Which I wouldnt really call a server, it was a C2Q with a raid card in it with desktop drives. Not enough for the SQL that was running on it. But it was clearly set in the server room and not touched, it's in such good shape.

    I also forgot to add that I bought 3 Swiftech Helix 140mm fans so I can mock up the brackets/holes on the sides. I plan on making the fan shrouds for the radiators out of braised aluminum L channel/flatbar and plexi sides. I bought a 4x6 sheet of plexi years and years ago so I have plenty. I'm also considering maybe running copper hard lines between the upper/lower parts, i.e. like plumbing. I'll buy a bead roller to put beads on it. The only question is whether the solder will cause an issue with the coolant.

    EDIT: I was just thinking, and I wonder how big a fuel line bender would go size wise? Perhaps I can just make them all single pieces of copper with no solder.
     
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    Question: Does anyone know of a decent match for the Lian Li vent mesh? Just wondering since there's not exactly a store I can go to to browse mesh.
     
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    For which filter?

    The metal mesh filter? Or the plastic mesh?
     
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    The metal mesh attached to the side panel over the PCI slot fans.
     
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    Man, makes me really miss my V2000B Plus II.
     
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    I have one sitting in my basement that I used before upgrading to my 900D. I'd love to sell it, but shipping is an arm and a leg!
     
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    I have an ABS Black Pearl that I just decommissioned if you want anything off of it.
     
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    I'm somewhat saddened that you did not realize the gem you had collecting dust in the back barn for a year. This is one of the best cases they ever made, its a legend though not so much for watercooling but it can be done. I'd recommend you cut the top and put in a 360 using a phobya grill. I did this to a V1000 years ago. I was going to do it to my V2000 as well, but I ended up stuffing 20 drives into it instead so water was off the table.


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    That looks pretty awesome. The current plan is to put one of the 2x120's on top, one up front, and use Mountainmods drive bay grilles to locate the fans in the front. I need to do some measurements to make sure the top will have enough clearance. If not I may drop the top rad and just go with the front for the GPUs. I'd think a MCR-240QP would be plenty enough for two GPUs anyways.

    Got some news, I have been trolling ebay for a few months and I got a 24v pump that hopefully the impeller works off of. Since it's a wheel with a magnet on the back of it I cant imagine it wont work. We'll see when it gets here. I also got some upgrades coming, buying a 6600k and board here in the next day or two so I will just put that setup straight into this case. I plan on ordering the radiators soon as well.

    EDIT: Another thought, I have a couple single 120mm rads, maybe I can throw one of those up top. It'd give me a top case exhaust, and fit in the case better in general. I actually have two, one is a brand new XSPC radiator and the other is an old Black Ice I repainted the casing on a while back. The fins have a very very light dusting as I didnt want to cake them up with paint. I'll have to play with routing/mounting in the case but maybe I can put one in that little intake in the lower front and the other as a top exhaust. IDK, is 4x120mm overkill for GPUs? I have SLI 970s at the moment.
     
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    Will do. If I cant get the side panel i bought anodized easily I may want one. I guess I'll find out.
     
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    Great news, I got a new impeller for my other pump. I found a guy selling 24v D5 strongs on Ebay for 25 bucks a piece, so I bought one and sure enough, same impeller. Popped it in the old pump and it's good as new. I have the cart ready for the other parts, just gotta be responsible and sell this pile of junk here in the corner first. Hopefully tomorrow.

    Oh also not using the AMD stuff in this, got a MSI Z170A Gaming and i5 6600k with 16gb RAM ready. Might even put it in the old case, IDK.
     
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    Update: Radiators are in, reservoir is in for CPU loop. I wont need one for the GPU loop because the front radiator has one in the end tank. Also got the fan grilles and mounts for the front GPU radiator. I did some eyeball engineering last night and a 2x120 wont fit well at all in the top spot, so i'm gonna put a single in the space between the motherboard and 5 1/4 bays.

    I think all i'm waiting on parts wise is the waterblock brackets, since I lost the LGA1155 set, and I still need to order one fan. I may buy shrouds for the 120mm radiators. I'm making shrouds for the 140s. Need to go get non galvanized steel for that though so we dont kill ourselves when welding it.

    Oh also thinking of just not running any sort of mesh or grille for the radiator exhausts, because the tubing is so close together on those that I doubt the fins will get damaged. I never run one on my top exhaust radiator on my current case and havent seen an issue. It'd look clean.