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#13 mnpctech



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Posted 17 March 2016 - 09:17 AM

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For the EK 360 XTX Radiator I'll be using Nidec-Servo's Scythe Gentle Typhoon (Model# D122C). This fan has been regarded as the best static pressure optimized fan by DIY PC community since it's release in 2008. The original D122C is no longer made, but there is limited stock available at some online retailers. Last year the D122C Scythe GT fan was resurrected and manufactured as "Darkside Black Edition" by Dazmode. It's the same specs as the original, but now has Black fan blades. Many PC Modders including myself have painted these fans to fit the color schemes of our custom PC builds. I've been asked several times over the years how to remove the metal c-clip without losing or breaking it?*This is my DIY guide to removing and installing external retaining ring or c-clip. Like many others, I've also lost these tiny c-clips while learning the best technique for handling this task.

Nidec-Servo's Scythe Gentle Typhoon Factory Spec PDF link, http://www.nidec-ser...pdf/D1225C.pdf*
Speed: *2150RPM
Air performance : 68.8CFM
Nose: 34db (25cm from the fan, free air)
Power: 12VDC, 0.123A (0.63A peak max)
Operational voltage range: 5-12V (~900rpm-2150rpm)
Bearing: Ball
Expected life: 100000h/35c or 55000h/60c
Appearance: Full black
Dimensions: *119 x 119 x 25 mm / 4.68 x 4.68 x 0.98 in


Perform this task with Safety Glasses, the tiny Black metal retaining ring (c-clip) can and likely will pop off, so perform this task in a clean workspace, so you can find it. I suggest doing the work on a large white bed sheet and holding a large magnet near the fan hub as you remove and re-install the c-clip, to increase you're chances of not losing the c-clip. I haven't found a source for ordering replacement c-clips yet, but I'm still searching.


Here is my suggested Tools & Supplies

Safety Glasses (not pictured)
Heat Gun for removing the fan label. Hair Dryer on HIGH setting will work as well.
10" Wire Cable Tie
Large magnet (not pictured)
External Fixed-Tip Retaining Ring Pliers, http://www.saeproduc...-ring-tool.html
Needle Nose Pliers
Super Glue (not pictured)



External Fixed-Tip Retaining Ring Pliers, http://www.saeproduc...-ring-tool.html


The fan blade looks as if it would snap-on and off, but not the case.


We need to remove the back label to access the external metal c-clip on the fan shaft.


Swipe heat gun or hair dryer back and forth over the label.


Use the Tweezer to peel off the fan label.


Stick the fan label on a clean metal surface while you perform your work.


You will tie down the fan hub with this Twisty tie. The fan shaft has a retention spring inside. You need to compress this spring, so you can remove the metal c-clip. If you don't, it's almost a guarantee that the c-clip will fly off the shaft faster than a bullet.


Using Twisty tie to compress the fan hub spring, by tying down the hub to the fan frame.



Close ups of the Black metal c-clip inside the Scythe Gentle Typhoon.



Insert the two prongs of the Retaining Ring Plier inside the jaw of the c-clip.


If you have a large Magnet, Position it near the fan hub, just in case the c-clip pops off.


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Posted 17 March 2016 - 09:18 AM


Holding the black metal c-clip in the Retaining Ring Plier.


You will widen the jaw of the c-clip and need to bend it back to it's original opening, so it maintains it's grip.


Hold the c-clip in the Tweezer while using a Needle Nose Plier to compress jaw of the c-clip.


Doing this will allow you to re-use the metal c-clip.


Here is the Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm Cooling fan dismantled, next step is choosing whether to apply the GULF Blue or Orange, or both colors?

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Posted 19 March 2016 - 05:50 AM

I debated about which color to paint the Scythe GTs for EK's 360 XTX Radiator. Decided to leave the fan blade hubs their factory grey and paint the frames GULF Blue, which works together and helps break up all of the orange.




Clear coat applied


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Posted 19 March 2016 - 07:36 AM

Are you going to sleeve the cables a color other than black? 

Processor Intel Core I7 4690X  4.3Ghz
Memory G.Skill RipJaws  32GB 2400Mhz
Motherboard ASUS Rampage IV BE
Graphics  GTX TitanX x2
Power Corsair AX 1200,
Monitor ASUS PQ321Q
Cooling Liquid by comittee

Storage  OCZ RevoDrive 350 480GB  Seagate 8TB
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Posted 20 March 2016 - 03:40 PM

Looking good! End product is going to be very nice at this rate

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Asrock Z77 Extreme 4
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16GB Corsair Vengence 1866mhz
PNY 670GTX 2GB @1920x1200
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD
WD Raptor 10k rpm
Segate barracuda x2 500GB
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Posted 20 March 2016 - 05:02 PM

My favorite race car ever is the Gulf 917, you sir stole my idea. It's ok though, yours is turing out much nicer than mince would have  :cheers:

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 07:08 AM

Glad you liked the theme, and Thank you for watching! Re-assembled the GTs yesterday with these replacement C-clip Retainer Rings that fit Gentle Typhoon fan axels, http://mnpctech.com/...ers-clone.html?




I use two micro flat head screw drivers to snap the c-clip over the fan motor axle / shaft


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Posted 22 March 2016 - 04:35 AM

EK's 360mm XTX radiator has convenient port on bottom for draining your loop. I'm using a Koolance Drain Valve with two of their swiveling 90 degree "snake" extensions.(Bitspower also makes a nice drain valve)


Koolance Drain valve (4 way Splitter won't be used in this build)


I'm using two of these Koolance swiveling 90 degree "snake" extensions. The others were used in Origin PC build, http://mnpctech.com/...full-tower.html



The two swiveling 90 degree "snake" extensions allow you to angle the drain valve under the Mastercase bezel and foot.


Having the drain valve outside of the chassis makes periodic maintenance of draining and refilling the liquid loop easy.


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Posted 23 March 2016 - 09:52 AM

Only had few minutes yesterday to work on my build. Decided on Black wire fan grills for the GTs. I like the look. I guess some would call them "old school" when compared to vast array of fan grills available today, btw All of the machined aluminum parts for Deep Silver's Homefront: Revolution Gaming PC are getting finished, so I'm dividing workshop time between both builds. What a contrast lol, from "don't scratch the paint!" on "what is the best grit to score this finish"on Homefront.

I also swapped out the Black factory thumbscrews for Mastercase SSD trays to machined knurled silver aluminum.





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Posted 27 March 2016 - 03:52 PM

I scored this Gigabyte OC Force Z87X MB from a friend and I'm watching Ebay for deal on Core i7, socket 1150 4790K 4.0 or 4770K 3.5, then I'll need to get a water block for the CPU. Still debating on GPU(s)


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Posted 04 April 2016 - 02:01 PM

I had to take break from my own project to finish another build commitment here, but I find my cpu and waterblock for this build  

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 04:59 AM

Having your own small business makes it difficult to ever go anywhere and have FUN....lol... I'm now juggling my time between my build and this one for Computex, http://mnpctech.com/...ase-review.html


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