Henry: that IS a good idea, thanks! I think I'm going to try to make this work somehow. I got some sleep last night (after 2-3 days without ANY sleep), so I feel better and more positive now. I think I can make this work. I've flipped the plate with the bad screw hole around. One good thing about this rad is the side panels are reversible. So I simply flipped it over to the side where there are no busted holes. I'm only going push, so fans only need to be on one side.
Now I need to decide how to re-arrange everything with this pedestal. That's tricky. I have ZERO idea how to re-arrange this cube to take maximum advantage of the pedestal. Heck, I can't even see how I'm supposed to get tube down into it without drilling large holes in the case floor. One of the Monstas is covering up the 3 x 120mm holes on the bottom of the PSU side, so what the heck do I do?!? Relocate both Monstas into the pedestal and try to mount the Admiral up top on the PSU side? Maybe consider relocation the HDD cage to the pedestal to clean up the PSU side?
Guys, any input on re-arranging this loop would be appreciated! I have the following constraints / concerns:
1) the EX360 rad needs to remain in place, top of the M8, motherboard side. It's the only thin rad I have, and due to the stuff in the 5.25" bays and the tube res, I can't put a thick rad in the roof on that side.
2) I'd like to relocate the D5 pumps into the Bitspower top, and put the tube res back to it's original no-pump state. But where can I mount that pump top?
3) how do you run tubing to the pedestal without drilling holes? Is this even possible?
I'm soooo lost here, LOL!