Stacking rads might be the only way to fit two 240s without raising overall case height, but I'm positive that would require me morphing dimensions regardless (width to fit the rads overall length, and depth to fit the rads + fans + res & pump).
Looks like my choices are between the
- RX 240: 125 x 58.5 x 286mm; 8fpi
- MCR220: 128 x 34 x 284mm; 12fpi
- SR1 240: 133 x 54 x 277mm; 9fpi
Of these, I'm currently leaning toward the SR1 because of its shorter overall length. If I wanted to fit two rads but not
stack them, the RX would let me keep the same height overall height (I think); with the MCR and SR1 I'd have to raise the roof a bit to fit two side-by-side facing the front. I'd have to broaden the case regardless, which basically opens up use of mATX motherboards (case width would become 280+mm, so why not?).
Thoughts on the ideal setup for <1000rpm fans + rads? I can apparently pick between pull only, push only, push-pull, and push + shroud... then I have to decide whether they pull air out of or into the case.
On the plus side, it looks like my original design is not without precedent; the dimensions are right alongside the Lian Li V350 series and Lian Li was [apparently] thinking along similar lines with their new PC-V353
. Comparing theirs to mine, I had planned the top and sides to come off as one unit like most other SFF cases, with the mobo tray lifting straight up. Lian Li puts the mobo tray on the bottom and removable from the back, which I like. This both eliminates the need for a GPU separated via riser and allows me to raise the height of the bottom chamber enough to accommodate the width of a 240 rad laid horizontally on its edge.