For those that have been following the thread for awhile, you may remember my dilemma when I was trying to fit all 3 radiators down in the pedestal. It simply wasn't going to work....although I only needed an extra inch or so to make it work. You can relive my pain back in this post
if you desire. Basically, I needed to have some small modifications done to the 480 radiator mounts in the pedestal, so that there would be room at the back of the pedestal for a 280 radiator. I worked with Jim at Caselabs and described what I was trying to do, and he was more than willing to help me get where I wanted to go. I appreciate their commitment to incredible customer service.
So here is a picture of the normal 480 radiator mount (on top) and the modified version that Jim made for me (on bottom)
There are two specific changes that were made. In the picture above, look on the left side of the bracket at the top one (normal). You see how right after the two thumbscrew holes, it turns in almost instantly (this bend goes in toward the middle of the pedestal) for about 1 inch, before then turning back the other way. In the modified version (on bottom), the turn inward does not happen right after the thumbscrew holes. Instead, it continues straight for almost 4 inches before turning inward. And then, instead of turning inward for a full inch, it only turns inward about 3/4 inch. See these modified brackets installed and in use in picture below:
They fit! That is 2 480 rads with push/pull fans, and 1 280 rad with push/pull fans. And I shall call it...."my box-o-cool".
Yeah...I know. Still need to give the 140mm fans the treatment. But did you notice the 280 radiator is now powdercoated also? It was another item I got back from powdercoater this week.
By extending the bracket straight for almost 4 inches before turning inward....I gained two inches (one inch on each side) across the pedestal for a 4 inch deep area starting the back of the pedestal. Also, by only turning in 3/4 inch instead of 1 inch, I gained an extra 1/2 inch of space in between the radiators in the center of the pedestal. I'm planning utilizing some of this space for some PowerAdjust2's that will be cooled by the airflow between the radiators.
Here are some shots with the pedestal covers on. The bolts on the fans come within about 1mm of the screens now. There was more room before we changed the inward bend from 1 inch to 3/4 inch. But that helps give me more room in the middle.
So pretty down there, its almost a shame it will covered by the main case. More to come later today!