sounds to me like YOUR DAD wants something portable ... jus sayin'
as far as water cooling goes , that's all personal preference, and you see so many in this thread that do cause , no niche group of users would rather have a, show off window, than those that water cool. This case seems quite good for water options so its attractive to those into water. But . . . don't forget, this case is not water only, the name is not the " WATER" 540 its the AIR 540 , and with good reason, the proof is in the pudding, i.e. reviews, that the air 540 design actually has top of charts cooling ability on AIR ONLY!
speaking of air, something I have been wondering about is would it be detrimental in any way to cooling performance to block off the bottom slots ( under hot swaps. and the two erm.... mesh grilled sections on the back of case "top of exhaust fan and side or exhaust fan" and also the unused pci slot covers under GPU. ? ? ? I ask as I notice air is being drawn IN at these points.
I have 3 120's intake at front, a 140 exhaust on rear and 4 120's in push pull exhausting out of the top mounted H100 rad. all fans are rpm adjustable, AND currently set at the same speed.
I'm not sure as to the positive vs negative pressure , as the 3 120 intakes have the filter to pull through and the top 4 120's have the rad fins to contend with. any insight into this would be appreciated. As, I simply don't know how to calculate , figure what amount they are pushing and pulling. I'm going on the assumption that the front intakes are pulling more air in , than the top fans on rad are moving out. also assuming that the back 140 tips to scale to a negative pressure , thus the small , grills, slots, taking air in, vice exhausting air.
with all that said would decreasing fan speed on all 5 exhaust fans and increasing fan speed on the 3 intakes, create the best cooling solution? sorry if this all seems lame , but from what I gather a positive pressure is what is desired in a case, and thus why corsair send this case out with 2 front 140's as intake and a 140 rear exhaust, as if left as they ship it will create a positive pressure situation. I know its sad of me, but I would like to better understand, even at risk of the nooooob label.