UPDATE 4 - The First Obsticles
I knew that I’d run into problems, it was just a question of when. I removed all the pannels from the case and, after the radiators were put in, realized there was far less space available than I had andticipated. I could fit the pump in, but wasn’t sure if I could fit it in in any functional way, and forget about fitting the reservoir in the bottom as well.
The only place the reservoir could possibly go is in the front at the bottom where the 2.5" drive sleds live. Looks like the SSDs need to find a new home.
After several minutes of staring and letting the hampster wheel turn I decided the best place to mount the SSDs is in behind the front radiator on the back wall. Here’s hoping that I can run the SATA cables back there without problem.
Yay! The frustrations keep coming! While trying to see how things fit I’ve discovered with the extra width of the radiator (vs the fans), it doesn’t fit flat in the top… This means that I need the fans to be above the radiator and run push instead of pull.
For those of you unfamilliar with push vs pull, they both perform the same in terms of thermals, but in push the dust builds up between the fans and the radiator rather than on the outside, making it a pain to clean.
Well this sucks, but I guess it’s just something I’m going to have to live with. Probably should have tested to make sure it fit while I was testing everything else.
Will post more on Monday. Think I may have found a solution.