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ALL THREE CHAMBERS, ALMOST READY FOR ACTION
Here's an overall photo showing the three chambers and their
various cooling aparatus.
The complete system: Four fans, one duct, two
baffles, four monster heat sinks on the CPU, NB, GPU and power supply,
some copper and foam are all that's needed for efficient cooling!
The stock P180 case has only one air inlet for the
motherboard chamber, and another for the power supply chamber. To
efficiently feed the three fans in the motherboard
chamber, I needed to expand the inlet cross section.
I had three 5.25" bays available since I use only a single
DVD/CD drive. This is ideal for installing a Scythe
Kama Bay. The Kama Bay (with its fan removed) more
than doubles the inlet area, and provides filtered air.
Installing the Kama Bay without duct tape requires fitting the
steel P180 drive
clips to its shell, which requires drilling some holes. These clips are
made from a very hard steel; to prevent wandering,
I needed to clamp the clips between two layers of waste material before
Here is a photo of the Kama Bay with all the hardware installed,
ready to be put into the case.
Scythe Kama Bay with P180 clips
The clips need to be bent
outward slightly to engage the chassis slots because the Kama Bay is a
bit narrower than a standard CD/DVD drive.
The last step was to remove the front swing-out doors over the
P180 dust filters. This is easy: just flip each one open, then press on
tab near the top hinge. Maybe some day if I'm feeling both ambitious
and destructive, I'll cut out most of the metal behind the dust
filters. The Kama Bay would also work better with much larger holes. Of
course I run the system with the main front door open to minimize air
flow impedance. Because the system sits behind my desk, this doesn't
cause any issues.
Here is the finished front
Finished front panel: Kama Bay at
the top, P180 dust filters below.
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