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Apogee Drive II with Alternate Backplate

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So I've been contemplating doing a proper water loop.

I recently assembled my PC using:

Asrock Z77E-ITX
BitFenix Prodigy
Antec Kuhler 620

I'm really wanting to try and use the Apogee Drive II just to avoid having to try and mount a pump somewhere else (I'd prefer to keep the lower drive cage).

The problem is the backplate on the Apogee Drive II is too deep to fit in the Prodigy without making a Cutout, which I'm not really sure I'd be comfortable making.

I was thinking I might try and use a different backplate to see if I could make it fit without cutting anything. It looks like the XSPC backplate works with my motherboard and is not too deep for the case. I also checked and both the Apogee and the XSPC use M3 screws. I just am not sure if there is any mechanical reason that the Drive's plate is as big as it is. Is it that way due to vibration or weight, or would doing this be perfectly fine?
post #2 of 3
I don't know about the drive for sure, but what you propose should work, but I have the prodigy and you can fit a pump and res without removing the lower drive bay. In fact, I have one of these sitting on top of the lower drive bay, just FYI.

http://www.xs-pc.com/products/laing-pump-top-reservoir/d5-dual-bay-reservoir/
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 4790K 4.8GHz @ 1.306v (Actual) ASUS Maximus VII Gene Gigabyte GTX 780 Galaxy GTX 780 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
16GB G.Skill Ares (4x4GB @ 1866MHz OC'd to 2133) Samsung 840 Evo 500GB WD Black 2.5" 750GB EK Supremacy EVO Acetal 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Aquacool NeXXos UT60 240mm Radiator EK XE 360 Radiator x 2 EK-FC780 GTX Ti Acetal /w Backplate and Reinfor... 8 x EK Vardar F4 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
EK MOSFET ASUS M7G Acetal Nickel Windows 8 x64 Pro Dell U2711 (2560*1440) Dell P2715q 
KeyboardPowerCase
Ducky Shine 3 Year of the Snake Edition Corsair AX1200 Thermaltake Cube X2 
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post #3 of 3
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I had thought about doing something like that, but eventually I think I will want to try and add a second radiator for the gpu, and I was thing about internally mounting a 120mm and a pull fan inside the case right behind the 230mm fan on top of the cage. I still haven't really messed around with the idea much, but I'd prefer to keep my 230 fan and the lower drive cage. For the reservoir I was thing I might do what I saw on another prodigy build and hang it from the bottom of one of the fans/radiator and set it up so it can swing out when the right side door is removed.

I may just give in and cut the damn case, but it makes me crazy nervous and I'd have to buy a dremel, the upside would be also cutting out the front so the PSU would fit better.
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