I finally got everything the way I want it. I couldn't stand my three Corsair SP120 HPs up front, so I bought three Gentle Typhoon AP-45 (2150rpm) from Dazmode to replace them. Even though I had the SP120s running with the step-down adapter, and I'm running the GTs at full speed, the GTs are quieter and smoother overall. I'm very happy with them!
I also decided to switch from a Bitfenix Hydra fan controller to the Bitfenix Recon. I really like the effect it has on the front fascia. Everything else is as it was in my previous posts.
To George: I have some comments for the 5.25" bay cage. The way it's currently configured just doesn't work for anything short (like fan controllers). It will lock on the bottom, but first, there's no leverage on the far side of the locking mechanism, so it can easily pop out. Second, when needing to press on the fan controller, because the top side is not locked on or screwed in, the front face moves inward. Very annoying. I had to use a screw bit and pliers to get a screw into the top side of the cage to secure the fan controller because it's impossible to use anything convenient with the space restrictions. I would suggest either having the locking mechanism on both the top and the bottom, or having it on the top and letting us use screws on the bottom, or leaving a hole on the top of the steel cage so I can access the 5.25" cage from the top when I pop off the plastic panel. It was a pain in the a**.
Finally, obligatory finished product and work area pics:
(p.s. to anyone in Toronto, I happen to have three Corsair SP120s, a Bitfenix Hydra, a 24" Asus monitor, and a whole other PC in a Silverstone FT02 conveniently for sale
)Edited by Atokade - 8/10/13 at 3:28pm