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Platform looks great man! I really think it adds to the aesthetics nicely too! Merry Christmas!
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I like the platform. Can't wait to see 2x pedestals!
Thanks guys.smile.gif Just got the second pedestal mounted a little bit ago and moved the DVD drive up top. Eventually I will start working on wiring for the HDD cage.
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That looks absolutely stunning, Mandrix. thumb.gif I really need to go ahead and take the plunge on a pedestal already. Even if I don't have it full right away, I feel like I should be planning my loop with the pedestal and another 1-2 480's in mind. By the way, can you not mount the flex bay flush with the UT60 480's in the pedestal, Mandrix? I saw your write up on the problems with the drop in mounts themselves, just wondering if you can get the flex bays flush. I might go with XSPC's in the pedestal if the UT60's are problematic. Even if I think the UT60's are better, I don't think it will matter once I have 3 480's cooling my i5 3570K and 2 GTX 680's. tongue.gif
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That's true, Addiction, there is no way to insert the flex bay cover inside the pedestal with the Alphacool 480's. In fact, the rads will sit up against the mounting posts. I actually took my dremel and cut off the top post on either side of the flex bay for a little wiggle room. Strictly speaking it wasn't necessary, but every little bit of room helps.
I think it would be a good idea if you go 480's to get another brand, although as far as cooling goes these work very well. Under sustained load I've yet to see the water temp rise much.
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Looking good. That stand is huge. I guess you don't want it to fall over. Merry Xmas to you all.
Yes the platform adds a lot of stability, especially since mine is on carpet.

The platform ships with some spacers to raise the case/pedestal up some to prevent doors scraping. I did not use them since I just have the covers of the pedestal and there was no problem getting them on.
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Thanks guys.smile.gif Just got the second pedestal mounted a little bit ago and moved the DVD drive up top. Eventually I will start working on wiring for the HDD cage.
That's true, Addiction, there is no way to insert the flex bay cover inside the pedestal with the Alphacool 480's. In fact, the rads will sit up against the mounting posts. I actually took my dremel and cut off the top post on either side of the flex bay for a little wiggle room. Strictly speaking it wasn't necessary, but every little bit of room helps.
I think it would be a good idea if you go 480's to get another brand, although as far as cooling goes these work very well. Under sustained load I've yet to see the water temp rise much.
Yes the platform adds a lot of stability, especially since mine is on carpet.
The platform ships with some spacers to raise the case/pedestal up some to prevent doors scraping. I did not use them since I just have the covers of the pedestal and there was no problem getting them on.

Yeah the 480 alpha cool are really nice full load I barely see temps move. I think I would have gone for the monsta if j could do it again. But doubt they will fit in the ped.
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That's true, Addiction, there is no way to insert the flex bay cover inside the pedestal with the Alphacool 480's. In fact, the rads will sit up against the mounting posts. I actually took my dremel and cut off the top post on either side of the flex bay for a little wiggle room. Strictly speaking it wasn't necessary, but every little bit of room helps.
I think it would be a good idea if you go 480's to get another brand, although as far as cooling goes these work very well. Under sustained load I've yet to see the water temp rise much.


Thanks for that info, Mandrix. I may just go with UT60 360mms if I want to stay with Alphacool, to avoid the space issues with that particular rad. After all, 1 480mm and 2 360mm would still be more than enough for what I will be cooling. tongue.gif But more overkill is always welcome, right!

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Yeah the 480 alpha cool are really nice full load I barely see temps move. I think I would have gone for the monsta if j could do it again. But doubt they will fit in the ped.


I mean I guess you could always just do 1 rad in the pedestal. 1 Monsta in push/pull would fit for sure, and since you already have a 480mm and 240mm up top, it would still be classified as overkill. thumb.gif
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Thanks for that info, Mandrix. I may just go with UT60 360mms if I want to stay with Alphacool, to avoid the space issues with that particular rad. After all, 1 480mm and 2 360mm would still be more than enough for what I will be cooling. tongue.gif But more overkill is always welcome, right!
I mean I guess you could always just do 1 rad in the pedestal. 1 Monsta in push/pull would fit for sure, and since you already have a 480mm and 240mm up top, it would still be classified as overkill. thumb.gif
(chant) Fill it up! Fill it up! Fill it up!
Someone had to be the guinea pig, but knowing what I now know I would not buy the Alphacools for the pedestal because of the fitment issues. Also I was not happy with the threads on these radiators. But as far as cooling they work well.
I'm running x45 overclock and the air/water delta t under normal use is < 2c, which I guess is pretty good but I don't have anything to compare it to.
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New SM8 platform installed with heavy duty casters! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)





I removed the bottom cover from the pedestal, which is held in place by six #6 screws, and remounted it under the platform. I had to use some slightly longer screws than the ones that normally hold the cover in place.
Reason for mounting outside was simple: otherwise I'd have to remove the case and radiators for access to the cover.
The platform mounts to the pedestal the same way the pedestal mounts to the case, a large screw in each corner. Which means if you have the pedestal full of radiators as I did, you will have to remove them for access to the screw holes.
The platform adds stability with it's wider stance. When I add another pedestal I won't have to worry about the high center of gravity and rolling on carpet.

Not meaning this to be a criticism on your build at all (which is coming along great and looks fantastic overall) - but I'm really not a fan of that platform and the look it contributes. I know CL has a utilitarian design in general - which is actually one of the reasons I liked them most - but that just looks a little too 'plain' to me. I think perhaps it's the height of your case, or maybe because it's white it seems 'fancier' than the black ones. Regardless your build is looking great and should be much safer now that the platform is installed. I guess I just wish it was a little thicker to offset the massive height of the case (visually at least - I'm sure it's plenty strong since it's CaseLabs). redface.gif

OK enough peanut gallery for me. biggrin.gif
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I guess I could agree the platform doesn't contribute much to the looks, but I felt it was a necessity since the floor is carpeted/padded. So yes, it's purely utilitarian. Makes a nice brace for tilting to work air bubbles out and a place to set small screws while I'm working on the rig. biggrin.gif

Just measured and it's 41" tall from the bottom of the casters up.
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Everything looks great! however I must say it looks a little funny having 2 ped's. I think I would have just gone for a double wide if I was you. But other then that looks great.
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Hey !! He''s got an AERIE and a CELLAR !!! From Roost to Boost biggrin.gif

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