Originally Posted by kirk007
I have little difficulties with my build too. I have only two dust filtered 120mm GT fans as intake on the top, but even that means I can't install my Kuhler H2O 620 in the back without big issues. I can't attach the kuhler rad to the case, because you can't align the case holes to the Kuhler rad's holes. The issue is that the rad part hits the case on top of the MB shield plate. Also having a fan attached to the back and then trying to attach the rad to it don't really work because then the rad interferes quite heavily with the rearmost top fan... It's really tight and with force you might be able to squeeze it in, but I don't feel comfortable with that.I also thought that the bottom hole in the front of the case had holes for a 120mm fan, but it appears it only has holes for a 140mm fan, why is that?
Perhaps this information was out there, but I didn't stumble upon it. I probably would have bought a 140mm pre filled loop, had I known about that.
I'm little bit puzzled what to do now to be honest. I can attach the Kuhler in the front, but that kind of makes the rear fan hole useless. I don't want to use it as intake, because the GPU is blowing hot air right next to it. Making it exhaust could work, but I wanted the Kuhler to be the only exhaust fan, turning the Kuhler as intake will put more warm air inside the case and my GTX 690 doesn't like that... Perhaps I'll get a quiet tower cooler to push air towards the back hole... Have to do some research which are compatible with the Asrock Z77E-ITX MB though. This MB doesn't seem to be too flexible with regards to backplate installation and the PCI-Express port is also quite close...
Part of me wishes that I would have waited for the S5, but I'll make this work some way. Perhaps if I take one of the top fans off and get a 140 fan as intake to the bottom...
A1. That's actually designed primarily as a pass-through for a pedestal and / or the 140mm mount, as you say.
A2. I'll tell you now, wanting this case is the reason I steered away from an AIO cooler and said "SCREW IT" and bombed $1,000 into W/C parts.... I knew this wouldn't be so easy with such restrictive materials, and the one you have is probably one of the easiest to work with!
A3. Yes... The ASRock is a REAL pain for that, and two of us have already begun detailed reports to CaseLabs regarding the size and shape of the motherboard tray cutout; it interferes with at least two
major brands' CPU placements, given the "average" blackplate size and needed space.
Good luck man, I know you'll get it right!
Thanks - T