...and it wouldn't FIT. The fan holes are just a bit too close for radiator spacing. There is no reason for this, it doesn't make sense. I mean, since internal water cooling isn't really an option, I suppose they didn't need to make the spacing right, but if they're cutting fan holes, they might as well make it the person's choice, you know?
So I didn't screw up a LOT of the case, I decided to only use two screws on the front fan. As much as it pained me to do this to a Lian Li case, that radiator was going to fit one way or the other, so I broke out the drill and expanded two of the holes.
After that, the radiator installed without issue. I used the stock fan grilles on top of the fans to keep the exterior mostly silver except for the 25mm of black for the fans.
With that out of the way, the loop went together. With a spare PSU on hand, I always build the loop, fill it and leak test while finishing the rest of the build. It always takes several hours - especially with a build like this, with a silver interior that needs to be clean
. Thus, plenty of time for any nasty leaks to show themselves.
This was the first time I've built aloop without screw drive clamps, opting for color-matched red wire ties. They work surprisingly well and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again.
After filling the loop, I went to the lights to test out positioning. This is after the bottom strip was installed. The strip is a 60mm BitFenix Alchemy chainable strip. These things are great to work with. They're very flexible and as flat as an LED strip could possibly be. The adhesive is quite strong and should hold for quite a long time. No complaints about the lighting solution at all.
There was another identical strip installed in the top of the case. In this photo you can also see the red wire ties used as hose clamps.
The other hiccup is with the overall build. This case will not fit two GPUs and a reservoir like the one I'm using. Thus, this will be a one card build. Since the 8-pin extensions haven't arrived but two 6-pin extions have, I went ahead and made it look pretty using an ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP.