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Tools Used:

 

Dremel & Rotary Tool with Cutting Wheel attachment

Power Drill with 3/16" size drill bit

RED Paint Pen

Hand File or Medium Sand Paper

Tin Snip or Metal Shear

 

 

Supplies Used:

 

 

Hardware Lab's Black Ice 280 Radiator

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00403GE2Q

 

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Dremel reinforced 1.5" Cutting Wheel, http://www.mnpctech.com/DremelDisc.html

 

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120mm Wire fan Guard, http://www.mnpctech.com/Wire_Fan_Grill_Guard_Chrome.html

 

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I'm using 8x M4 x 6mm Black socket head screws for attaching two 140mm fans to the Radiator

 

http://www.mnpctech.com/M4_radiator_grill_screws.html

 

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8x #10 5/8 cooling fan screws to attach the two 140mm fans to the R4 Filter Cartridge.

http://www.mnpctech.com/thumbscrew.html

 

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Fractal Design Define R4

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352020


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Fractal-Define front door open, the filter grate is removed by pushing the touch releases.


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The Fractal-Design Define R4 Filter Cartridge


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Pull the release tab, to remove the front filter cartridge.


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The Fractal-Design Define R4 comes with ONE factory 140mm cooling fan.


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Note: top of the filter cartridge is to the RIGHT.

 

You need to add SIX new mounting holes, to fit 280 radiator.


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There is 4 raised plastic tabs, one each corner, that you will remove next.


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Using Cutting wheel on Rotary Tool to remover the four raised pegs.

 

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After removing the pegs, use Medium sandpaper to smooth the surface.

 


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Grab 140mm fan grill and RED Paint pen... Position the Filter Cartridge so it's release Tab is on right, as show in picture

 

Position 140mm fan grill on right side, over the two center mounting holes... Mark the two mounting holes on right side with Paint Pen.

 

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Position 140mm grill 20mm to Left of the TWO center mounting holes for right side fan. 


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For Left side... You will need to align the 140mm grill
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Your RED Paint markings should match the picture.


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Drill holes in the RED location with 3/16" size drill bit.

 

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Additional SIX holes are finished.

 

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Use Tin Snip or Metal Shear to remove the fan grills.


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Use small Hand File or Medium Sandpaper to smooth the edges, after removing the grills.


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Re-install the R4's Filter Cartridge.


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I'll be using TWO Fractal-Design 140mm cooling fans and Hardware Lab's Black Ice 280 Radiator

and 8x M4 x 6mm radiator screws

 


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I'm using 8x M4 x 6mm Black socket head screws for attaching two 140mm fans to the Radiator

 

http://www.mnpctech.com/M4_radiator_grill_screws.html


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Attach fans from the inside of their frames, as pictured.


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Two 140mm cooling fans attached to 280 radiator.


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Use #10 x 5/8 PC Cooling Fan screws to attach the fans and 280 radiator

to the front Filter Cartridge.


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I hope you enjoyed this guide for adding 280 radiator to your Fractal Design R4

 

 

Please post your Question or Comments!

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I think Ive modded 7x R4s now, the next is out of my own pocket, as tribute to the band "TokyoIdaho" ...heres the top name plate, after being milled last weekend, designed by Cheaps!

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just caught yr reply Lystiskern, hahaha

 

who is Tokyoidaho? ......3 piece band from Seattle, with mind bending blend of MOOG and Psychedelic guitar... also referred to as "Space Rock"

 

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I had wondered what happened to the Tokyoidaho mod. But I know how busy you've been so I just never bothered to ask you. Glad to see it's still in the works.

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Cool to see the case can fairly easily support a nice rad like that. What's the reasoning to remove the dust filter? I find it quite handy in my R4, and from looking at the mod log it seems one may be able to keep it on there.

 

Wow, sorry, stupid question on my part (hadn't had my coffee). 

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Are the top tanks a litle taller on Alphacool rads than the black ice ones? As soon as funds permit I am getting a white windowed R4 and I want to put a 280 UT60 in the front.

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Yes they are...and the Alphacool is also a little less wide so the modded mounts shown in this tutorial will not transfer to whats needed for the NexXxos UT60.....If it will fit at all in there without removing 5,1/4" bays and making a fully custom rad-bracket.

Alphacool also differs as it is using M3 screws.

 

AlphaCool NexXxos 280mm UT60                 Dimensions (LxWxH):324mm x 144mm x 60mm

HardwareLabs Black Ice Nemesis GTX280                                     : 312mm x 153mm x 54mm

HardwareLabs Black Ice SR-1                                                         : 316mm x 153mm x 55,9mm

HardwareLabs Black Ice GTX280  (Used in this mod)                     : 316mm x 153mm x 54mm

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I do have a dremel....and I would have to drill smaller holes. Also if I remember right they use 15mm fan spacing instead of 20. If the rad has to fit inside the bracket on the case I might be out of luck.

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Yeah they are 15mm on the NexXxos and the radiator is EDIT: thats 9mm (not 0,9 mm) less wide so you may not have material to drill the new holes...

Still modding the thing or doing a makeshift bracket shouldnt be to much of a problem. Best of luck  :)

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If that doesn't work I have another idea. I might make a front for it and figure out how to keep the filter. I should have the case next week so a log of sorts may follow if I can make the project move in a timely fashion.

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