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I never liked the additional tubing in the case.  It's just more to work around if you're adding/removing internal components. Plus, many times you fill the port, it can spit back up when air is purging from the system as it's filling. 

 

I'm not sure how the case doesn't deflect, as mentioned, I have the same case and it was too flimsy for my tastes when the 5.25" top supports were removed. With the top supports removed, essentially the only thing preventing the case from torsional loads is the front and rear panel (and bottom HD support if the person is leaving them in).  I'm not saying what you did is wrong, if it works for you that is all that matters.  For me, that wasn't a solution.  Our cases are probably close to the same weight.  Mine may be slightly heavier as I have a few custom bay plates I made which are made from spare 1/8 steel I milled out in my vertical millling machine. I believe my rad may be heavier as its quite a bit thicker and I'm running another 200mm Phobya rad in the front of the case. I lightened them up quite a bit but they are still quite heavy.

 

Here's my build if you're curious...I'm re-posting it slowly for people who missed it. http://www.overclock.net/t/1222289/haf-x-using-sr1-420-and-phobya-200mm-rad-mod-with-images-and-install-information/0_100

 

Once again, great job.  I love to see people trying new things instead of the same old thing.  How many different ways can you throw components into a case using different lights to make it light up differently than the next person...if you know what I mean.

 

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I wish I took a video of filling it. I will next time. On top of the balancer is a stop plug. When I crack it open water pours in smooth with no backup. I close it then turn on the pc and it pumps it into the rad. I do this 3 times and it is full. I have plenty of room to get my hands in there too. Im a big guy with large hands still no problem.

As for how my case does not flex. I left supports intact at the top section. I did not cut the entire bay out because when i was look at it that is the only support. If you look back it is more knotched out then cut clean out. Thats why yours flexes imo.
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That sounds like it works out better if it has a check valve (if that is what you're referring to the "stop plug").  That's a personal preference with no right or wrong answer to leave a fill port installed.  I've done the opposite as you, I've installed a drain port permanently only due to the fact that in my particular situation, it didn't add to blocking installation/removal of a component nor create more tubing clutter ...or I would have left that part out for the same reasons I've stated.

 

I suppose maybe there it's an optical illusion but to me in this image you posted, it looks like you've cut the top of the bay off.  You've removed all tie-in support on the top of the case and the side only has one lower mounting point. The image below is to what I'm referring to.

 

DSC_1885.jpg

 

Below is my case with a 420 rad installed. You can clearly see that I've left all mounting points intact.  By removing the upper legs as you appear to have done removes quite a bit of support which allows the case to flex.   At that point, there is no support between the front/rear panel's uprights in relation to the top.  There is no triangulation.   No arguments here.  If you find it to works for you, that is all that matters.  Upon my testing, I wasn't happy with the results by removing the legs.  It would have been much easier for me to just cut the whole top section off.

 

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The side with the quick locks I did cut out all the way. However if you ise screws instead of the quick locks on any thing in your drive bays you will fix that panel from flexing.

The back side still is intact. Its hard to see i guess
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Yea its a moot point.  Overall, great job!  +rep for thinking outside of the box.

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hmmm I added a +rep but its not showing yet? 

 

On a side note, you should consider adding a 200mm phobya front fan like I have.  Especially since you're running two cards.  Follow how I've modified my case to fit it in.  It's pretty simple.  You'll have to move the hd bay in some but you'll still be able to affix it to the top of the 5.25" rack and bottom of the case.   The reservoir will need moved too.   You'll move the hd bay one hold set over using the same indents.  You'll see what I mean if you remove it.  Phobya offers really nice solutions.  The addition of the one 200mm rad adds quite a bit of surface area...essentially 50% more than what you currently have.  That should really help stabilize temperatures during hard GPU/CPU usage.

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Nice mod! do you think you could fit a phobia xtreme 200mm in the front as well?
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sorry double post.
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Nice! quick question, would it work in a haf 932 =\

I think as far as size it can fit However the 932 top is not setup to use two 200mm fans like a Haf X can. The 932 power control panel looks to be the main issue. I would say it is too much trouble to be worth it imo.
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also what fans are compatible / what fans did you use? (ex. did you use the HAF case fan? i know that the front one is compatible with the 200mm)

I ended up using the Red LED Phobya 180mm fans they are strong and silent. The red led fans are twice the cfm of the regular phobya fans. I swapped out the Haf X fans for these. I do use the side fan which is the coolermster 200mm and the front Haf X fan is a 230mm coolermaster that comes with the case.
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hmmm I added a +rep but its not showing yet? 

On a side note, you should consider adding a 200mm phobya front fan like I have.  Especially since you're running two cards.  Follow how I've modified my case to fit it in.  It's pretty simple.  You'll have to move the hd bay in some but you'll still be able to affix it to the top of the 5.25" rack and bottom of the case.   The reservoir will need moved too.   You'll move the hd bay one hold set over using the same indents.  You'll see what I mean if you remove it.  Phobya offers really nice solutions.  The addition of the one 200mm rad adds quite a bit of surface area...essentially 50% more than what you currently have.  That should really help stabilize temperatures during hard GPU/CPU usage.

I agree, just last week I was looking into doing this setup. I will most likely do this mod in April as well since I will have the case apart again.
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