Here are a couple of pictures showing my latest liquid cooling system revamp. Biggest change is only having one cooling tube from the hard drive area instead of two. Since I’m running one traditional hard drive – I’m cooling that drive only. I am running an SSD ( Solid State Drive ) as my main drive. These drives run much cooler and have less need for liquid cooling. So I made a decision to only run one cooling loop for the storage drive. This has reduced some clutter inside the case. You can see both drives when looking to the right in the photos.
The loop exits out into an external Thermaltake TMG2 radiator. A few years back when I started liquid cooling I used another Thermaltake radiator. Where the Thermaltake SR200 Liquid Reservoir is located there used to be a hard drive cage. I didn’t have a use for the cage and needed somewhere to install a reservoir. Although I didn’t have the proper tools – I tore the drive cage out.
I’ve still not taken the time to clean up and properly route cables. Most of the connected cables are a jumbled mess at the bottom of the case. The system is overdue for a major overhaul. I’m running a fairly old motherboard, processor, RAM and video card. With the install of a Corsair V64 Nova 64GB Solid State Drive SATA II as my main drive – I’ve bought myself a little bit of time before having to fully upgrade.
When looking at the cooling loop you can see where newer tubing was installed. I ran a new loop from my upgraded storage drive. The older tubing definitely shows that it’s been in use for awhile. The hard drive cooler is a AquaBay M4 Hard Drive Waterblock. Previously I had two of these in use. With the new hard drives installed and the external radiator – noise levels are about as low as you can get them.
Here are photos and articles showing what my previous liquid cooling system looked like.