Its been a while but I'm back because I'm in need of some help.
TLDR checkpoint below
I have recently been upgrading my main PC, which unfortunately doesn't have any build documentation.
It's a silverstone TJ09 case, EATX z68 FTW EVGA board with a trusty old 2600K cpu. I just upgraded the GPU to an evga 960 4GB and removed my nickel plated brass zalman air cooler for the newest NZXT 280mm closed loop cooler. I bought the 280mm radiator because I figured I could fabricate whatever I needed to make it mount to a case that only accepts 120mm fans.
I found a couple 120->140 poly adapters on amazon and figured I was golden.
Many problems followed thereafter, for instance the plastic adapters silverstone made for the top vent in the TJ09 would have to be cut to accept the poly adapters which I deemed more work than it was worth. That thought brought my attention to the mid mounted graphics card fan in the case. Pic for those not familiar with this old case, this is what I have been dealing with for the past few years.
I reverse mounted a poly adapter to this side of that fan so that it accepted a 140 to the inside. I mounted the radiator to the poly adapter. (I had to drill some holes through the inside of the housing to mount the rad) But ended up with a fairly nice looking vertical mounted ram-air radiator. I stuffed some dynamat around the poly adapter to keep it quiet and called it good enough at 6am or so..
Then I bought some of those new internally sealed af14s to replace the NZXT rad fans.
When I start buttoning it up, I noticed that the motherboards power and sata connections started butting against the board side of the radiator. Not to mention the stress on the fluid lines, the absolute cable disaster that has grown to this point.. So all of a sudden I was in the market for a new case.
Dang sorry about the content, getting to the point...
I can't say I'm happy to leave behind the TJ09, the build quality of this case is 10/10. However it's a living dinosaur.
Physically actuating power and reset switches, no ssd mounts, fully featured pop-up front panel complete with USB 2.0 and 1394, 5 120mm fan mounts, 3mm clearance behind the back panel for smashing cable management!
You could literally run this over with a car before plugging it in and resuming your game.TL:DR Checkpoint
Anyways, it's trash now. (Anyone looking to buy?)
Searched for a day before finding the air 540. Again I'm behind the times but at least this time it's feature rich. It was an instant buy after looking at Lian Li, Silverstone, Fractal, and CaseLabs. I'm a lover of quality of build materials but in this instance I'm happy to settle with Corsair.
I'm going to need to put away all my 120 gentle typhoons which is fine, buy some more a14 2000s.. Leave my lamptron fan controller behind.. That's fine.
What I can't do is get rid of my platter drives because I have one SSD and 3 platters that are all in full use.
I've been looking for about 3 hours now in to ways to expand the 3.5" space in this case, including some posts in this thread. My favorite method so far has been to acquire a 5.25 hotswap bay and use it in the 5.25 cage. LINK
One post in this thread cut a hole below the factory 5.25 hole and moved the cage.
So I started looking in to bays such as:
the ICYDOCK MB973SP-1B
the EverCool Dual 5.25 3.5 cooling box
the Kingswin KF-1000-BK
or my current favorite, the iStarUSA 5.25-3.5 cage
The iStar is my favorite because I want one with active cooling for that back compartment.Does anyone have recommendations for actively cooled hard drive bays?
I'm in the market. It doesn't need to be hot swappable. Just quality. A full sized 80mm fan would be nice instead of the 15mm thick fans I've been seeing. Dual fans would be better... I just don't know where to look anymore.
Next issue, the 5.25 cage. I need the entirety of the one that's coming with my case for an ODD and an audio interface. I looked everywhere online for an extra and had no luck. It's nearly 9am which is when Corsair live chat comes online so I'm going to contact them to see if I can get a part that isn't listed on their website. My guess is that I will be denied.Does anyone have the 5.25 cage laying around?
I would love to buy it.
So, my plan is to acquire an additional cage and cut out some space on the front panel of the case. Then I'll mount my hotswap bays to the front and be happy with the additional intake and drive space.What do you guys think? Could I manage this without getting ahold of another 5.25 odd cage?
My PSU is a Silverstone Strider 1200 Gold, it exhausts out the rear btw, so I picked up all new Silverstone PP-06 series fully sleeved cables
. Along with their CP11 low profile SATA cables
... so I have it. Replacing my 5 year old wiring harness is probably a good idea at this point. Next time I upgrade I'll be looking at a dual socket E-ATX.
Should be a sweet swap, I get the case tomorrow so I'll get some pictures posted soon.
Edit- Oh I forgot to add. I have also been searching for ways to vent the back compartment of the case but have turned up empty handed. Can somebody point me in the right direction to get some airflow back there? Thank you!
Edit2- Contacted Corsair, their RMA process can get me a new cage but purchasing parts is not an option...Anyone have a busted cage? I'll buy one of those too I guess...
I asked to be contacted by a manager so maybe I'll get some grace there but it's looking very doubtful.
Edit3- Added some pics
Edit4- Still no call from Corsair yet but I did find this 5.25 ODD cage
from mountain mods that will probably do the trick, though it's a 3x5.25 instead of the 2x5.25 that I'm looking for... I've been searching this thread for people saying they removed their 5.25 cages to hopefully get another tool-less cage but I'll keep thinking about for now because I dont feel like paying 30 bucks for an oversized piece of scrap metal..
Edit5 - I never got that call from Corsair's support manager. So far that's one thumbs down for Corsair. This being my first Corsair case I was hopeful purchasing a case component would be easy. (Silverstone allows you to purchase ANY piece of any of their cases directly through the support staff...) Guess I'm spoiled? I do not feel respected right now as it stands... Edited by BrooD - 1/27/16 at 8:24pm