When you think if a custom hard tube water loop and a gaming PC you think if clean lines, order and well thought loop. I had a dilemma as this was my first loop. My main thoughts was to stay 100% true to my Alphacool fittings plan and sacrifice some cleanness or go with a different brand for pass throughs.
Pass throughs looks cleaner in my opinion, but I was worried about clearance. With pass throughs I need to add fittings from below in a very tight room without moving the hard tubes out of their fittings. More or less by feel.
Started to calculate and check an idea of going full fitting and extension hook up below the floor. I will have to go in a S-shape from the outlet of the radiator into the pass through. To say the least I was worried but a problem to solve is a solution to be found.
In real time I actually wrote the above part of the update 3 weeks earlier. That was how long my indecisiveness combined with shipping times actually took. I went with two (ordered four just to be safe) black EKWB pass throughs and combined that with an insane amount of different lengths of Alphacool extensions. Hey, better safe then sorry, right?
I took measurements for where to place the pass throughs. Needed both center placement, but still ensure that I would have enough room between the EKWB D5 pump, Aqualis XT 880ml reservoir and my new EKWB pass throughs.
With the HardWareLabs 420 X-flow radiator in the top, I needed to make a decision about where I wanted the tubing to go. Front or back corner. I decided that I wanted to enter the motherboard and GPU from the front top making the floor pass through inside right. Only time will tell if that was the right call 🙂
Quick job with a small drill to ensure I didn’t brake the acrylic floor base or tear my 3M di-noc carbon vinyl. Went like a charm, so moved on to drill with the larger drill in the correct dimension for the pass throughs. Finished of the last millimeter with a rounded file to get a snug fit.
This looks good, but will make for some challenging fitting job when I both have to get the floor in place, while the pump and radiator is already mounted to the case floor with my custom pump bracket at the same time as I screw the fittings from below into the pass throughs. I really hope that will work. What do you think?