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Hey guys, looking to do my first watercooled (and ITX) build in the S3.

I want it to be able to hold 3 or 4 3.5" hdds and an SSD.
I'm thinking of doing this by having them in the front flex bays at the front-bottom using the HDD Cage Expansion Kit (MAC-203 - Fan Mount Option) with the optional front 120.2 radiator mount for the S3. Was hoping to be able to mount a 120mm rad on the top half. Will this mount to it ok?

OR, would I be better off ordering the case without the optional front 120.2 radiator mount and get the HDD Cage Assy - Flex-Bay (MAC-102) and a separate 120mm fan (rad also?) mount (Fan Mount (120mm x 25mm) - Flex-Bay MAC-113). Both items say they only use 3 bays so theoretically this should also work but i'm wondering if there will be any overhang or mounting issues using a 120mm rad + HDD Cage Expansion Kit?

Thanks in advance for the help. Will probably have more questions to follow.







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Edited by daffo - 7/17/13 at 4:30am
post #2 of 8
Putting a HDD cage on the bottom of the 120.2 Flex-Bay radiator mount probably won't leave enough room foe a 120.1 radiator. To do that, I would suggest a MAC-102 HDD case and a MAC-113 fan mount with 1 bay separating them.

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post #3 of 8
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Ah damn. Thanks for the reply though. Will installing a 120mm rad in the front-top interfere with a 240/280 rad in the top of the case? Doesn't seem like there's much clearance there, might be close though.

Thanks again
post #4 of 8
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think i've solved my problem.
I could add one of these to the front-bottom 2 bays: http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=157 as it only takes up 2x5.25 bays but holds 3x3.5" hdds.
post #5 of 8
That should do it thumb.gif I've been playing with one here smile.gif
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post #6 of 8
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Playing with an IcyDock? If so could you please post some pics of it installed? Bit worried of how it will look and tempted to just put a 240 in the front and just get an external 4bay HDD enclosure. Can you also confirm the front radiator mount won't hold a 120 rad on the top with the HDD cage only filled with 3 drives on the bottom of it. Thanks again
post #7 of 8
Hey CL while your playing with that ICY DOCK could you slide it into the side of a S5 Pedestal and think about modding a radiator support mount internally. I will be measuring mine up when it gets here
see if I could fit two Icy Docks and a MINI ITX mother board inside and use it as a headless sever and monitor stand if it looks OK Ill be ordering another S5 Pedestal and a S5 Case Top thumb.gif
Edited by HG02 - 9/21/13 at 7:14pm
post #8 of 8
Just wonder if you could put a S5 pedestal (with a S5 case top)underneath Kevin's or Jim's Monitor in his office and take the side cover off and put a couple of Icy docks in there it might prompt a idea:thumb: biggrin.gif Oh yes put a Mini ITX mother board tray on its side that's two Icy docks and a Mobo tray so when they sit down bulb.gif
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