Originally Posted by lemon2
Ok, for now whilst I have one GTX 580, I will only put a 360 rad in the top. TBH by the time I get to tri or quad SLI I may well move onto a motherboard that is larger than ATX anyway, so there is no point in preparing for that now. If I get desperate for temps I will install a 140mm rad like Cheaptrick did. (Sorry for not noticing it was 140mm the first time)
The storm scout has five 5.25" bays at the front, which I would like to configure like this:
Bays 1 & 2: A really aesthetic dual-bay LCD fan controller, which is thin enough to fit with the above mod.
Bays 3& 4: The FrozenQ dual-bay reservoir
Bay 5: Blu-ray drive
At the moment I think this is the best looking fan controller, and it seems pretty thin:
I'm confused of what you're really is trying to accomplish here. You're trying to mod your case for now then you're going to replace your case for a much bigger case. It can be very costly. It's better for you get things in order & stop counting the chicks before the eggs are hatch. What you're trying to do for now can be costly much more adding a much more costly upgrade later on. The plan is grand but to execute it is something else for you to really think about.
Putting a 360 rad on top or a 140 rad on front might look so easy but if you're new to it, it can be a pain in the rear especially if you're the type of person who like things to look perfect.
Your plan to fully occupy the Scout's 5 drive bays can be your real enemy in modding the case. Where are you going to put your disk drives? Are you going to paste it with velcro on the side (it will not look good)? Probably you're planning to put in inside the drive bays (inside that Aerocool fan controller maybe as it's hallow in the back). This can be a problem as the bracket of the Aerocool fan controller needs to be screws in place not just in one side but on both sides. Not screwing it on one side will make it very unstable as those quick release latches on the left side of the drive bays is not strong enough to hold things up.
You also need to mode the disk drive holder inside the optical drive as you can't screw it on the front side as you alread screwed something else in place (your Aerocool fan controller).
You might not like the look of the case when all the front drive bays are fully occupied. The Scout is not HAF X. It's a small case & will look too much if you put a lot of thing in it. This is what happened in my case I have to put a metal sheet in front to create a minimal look.Edited by Cheaptrick - 2/16/12 at 8:54pm