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Danger Den Black Series Tower 21

Posted March 14, 2011 by Jake in Cases & PSU







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System Build

When it comes to getting things installed into the DD Tower 21 Chassis, there are some advantages over a typical steel or aluminum case. The most noticeable is the option to leave the top of the case off completely and get things going. This really helps from the standpoint of being able to install things from just about any direction, with plenty of room to maneuver, rather than being restricted to the sides like a typical case. This makes a huge difference if you’re going with a water cooling setup, which we are doing. So let’s take a look at getting the Tower 21 running with some performance components.

The first thing we installed was our hard drive and Motherboard. Danger Den was also kind enough to make us a custom mount for our SSD, which just mounts directly to the HDD cage, so we also opted to install the front USB/Mic/Headphone jack at this point in time as well.

Next we installed our 360mm radiator and 3 x 120mm fans to keep the system running cool and quiet. A planning note: we had a rough idea of what we wanted to achieve with this chassis prior to installing all of the gear, but it’s always good to get some things put together and see how much space you really have, and then make adjustments as you progress through the system build.

We were hoping to get our 250mm Reservoir in to the build and it did fit but just barely, as the compression fittings had only 4mm of clearance from the expansion bay covers. However, it was a bit too tight for our liking so we tried another location.

In the end we opted to mount the reservoir on the outside of the chassis, and we ended up putting the pump on the bottom of the chassis and plumbed everything together. Keep in mind, depending on your particular component selection, you may have more room available on the interior to create a more compact loop and setup.

We then installed the power supply at the top, ran all the wiring, and quickly used a few zip ties to clean up the interior.

With the system powered up, the effect was spectacular. A few LED fans and you’ve got a dazzling lighting show for everyone to see. For the purposes of this review, we had to make a few compromises in terms of internal layout, but if you’re really hardcore, then spend some time and make sure everything is sleeved and tied off neatly. Adding some LED cabling effects could also look amazing, and the sky’s the limit if you’ve got the imagination and patience. That’s the double-edge sword here: the clear acrylic shows off the gorgeous internals, but it will also show off the mess if you don’t devote the time and energy to make it look great.

Let’s wrap things up.

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