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Looking for some feedback on what I'm trying to accomplish

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A little background:

I've had an FT02 with an Asus Maximus Extreme-Z and 2600K sitting inside it for nearly two years now. I've always wanted to water cool it, but I struggled with how I could cleanly mount a reservoir and pump inside the case. I absolutely despise 5.25" bay reservoirs that are visible from outside the case, so that was never an option. I've seen other people mount a tube reservoir in a couple places, but it always looks cramped or awkward.

What I always envisioned as my ideal solution was to have a pump, pump top and reservoir somehow mounted inside the 5.25" drive bays. The drive bays in my FT02 are completely bare and it seems like such an ideal, out of sight place to put a reservoir and pump. The issue I've struggled with is how I would mount such a thing. I always figured I would have to fabricate some sort of bracket to support the entire thing...

...until yesterday, when I came across this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkRiSq5p10E

That's pretty much what I'm after. The EK D5 Dual Top includes a 5.25" bay bracket and has support for a reservoir. The only issue (aside from the reservoir height limitation) is that it requires two D5 pumps! At most, the loop would include CPU, 2 GPU, RAM and full motherboard blocks with the triple 180mm reservoir. From what I understand, a single D5 pump would handle that quite easily, so the second pump would pretty much be for redundancy, which is still complete overkill.

So, does anyone have another solution? I was hoping that I could just skip one of the pumps and mount a blocking plate in its place or something. I'm sure it's possible with some custom metalwork and an o-ring. I've also considered installing two pumps, but only powering one. That's a terribly expensive solution, but I gather it would be the easiest.
Edited by theirlaw - 7/8/13 at 10:14am
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Could you use a drive bay mounted res/pump combo and replace the front of it with the FT02's drive bay covers?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Fridge Gnome View Post

Could you use a drive bay mounted res/pump combo and replace the front of it with the FT02's drive bay covers?

It might be a tight fit and would definitely require modifying the components. I'm trying to avoid modifying anything that I don't have to. I gather a drive bay reservoir is designed to be mounted at a depth that puts the face of the reservoir in line with the front of the case. If I had to slide the reservoir in to the case more to allow room for the drive bay covers, the reservoir could stick out the back. Seems like a headache.
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What about mounting a single pump and tube reservoir in the 5.25" bay area using one of these?

http://www.ekwb.com/shop/pumps-and-accessories/pumps-accessories/ek-uni-holder-d5.html

Has anyone else seen someone do this? There might be some clearance issues that could be resolved with a Dremel... but it may be doable. Would love it if someone had an example of someone who has already done this.
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