^some parts migrated in for more accurate space planning. i think i was overly optimistic with the first loop diagram. some problems are evident and will have to be troubleshooted...troubleshot? troublesometihnged.
^what the bottom looks like with the rad in. another thing on the to do list is to add some u-channel or some other kind of rubber to the edges to smooth out the look of the cut, and find some sort of mesh plastic to attach to the removable filter so it covers the rad.
^arrived from Asus today. tested with furmark, gamed for a few hours. switched pcie slots. repeated. seems ok now.
^reunited with his brother
^going to add a metal beam here for support. removing the lower hdd cage makes this shelf weak and it will lean with weight
^one thing not talked about much is the amount of soldering you will be doing with liquid cooling. all these fans need to be connected somehow. for now I spliced them into each other, taped them off, and hid them a bit. in the finished product i will go back and solder these all for a nice tight fit and tuck them away.
^top down view of the case. another thing to consider is the hardware you secure your rads to the case with. here i secured the fans to the case and rads using the long screws that came with the rad, where in the bottom i used much shorter m4 screws (which is temporary since they still need washers) and then used the longer screws to attach the fans to the rad
^problemo numero uno. with fittings this res is huge. only a few inches to spare no matter which way it is laid out in the case. getting it to attach to the top rad and the pump, while having the pump face a logical direction will be difficult.
^more modding required here, will probably remove that 140 case fan, drill/cut two holes for the hoses from the rads and then remove and use the rubber grommets from the holes already there to pad them.
^the top rad extended a bit further forward than i expected
^better look at the top rad, from this angle, it's clear the tubing will have to be angled to go into the already problematic res. also had to move the bluray drive down to accomidate it.
^pic of my ram. heatsinks are nice. i really just like my ram, this doesnt belong here.
going to game a bit more, want to make sure the 2nd card is solid. tomorrow i will mess around with the layout again and see if i can get something that makes sense and order any angled fittings i will need so i can start putting in the blocks and tubing