thanks for your reply.
i've thoroughly researched water cooling in ft02/rv02. like many, i'm going with the magicool 3x180 rad. i've no need for drive bays of any kind. i'm using a 240GB Revo drive. so, the drive cage is history. that will free up the space i need for the reservoir. i'm going to cut mounting holes in the front panel where the drive cage used to be. the pump will go directly below.
i know this will be challenging, but i really like the rotated motherboard - it displays gpu water blocks better than anything else except by using a pcie extension cable. the ft02, rv02 and tj11 are the only cases that have this. i don't like a number of things about the tj11; maybe if it came in silver, i'd give it a go. but then i'd still have to deal with the ugly intake ports, and mod a midplate. oh, and it's a behemoth
. what silverstone need to do is make a new case that's essentially a water-cooling friendly ft02/rv02. tweaks in very few parameters would make things a whole lot easier. OR, make a tj07 with a rotated motherboard tray - this would be darn near perfect.
also, i think i may be able to get some assistance from someone local, who has experience building a loop in the ft02. i'm very familiar with the build you referenced (the picture). i've studied his build log, and viewed his youtube videos. it turns out he's local to me; about 20 min drive. i haven't tried to contact him yet, but i probably will.
i like the bitspower tanks you linked. i've used them before. in fact, i'm currently doing a build in a Switch 810 right now with a 250mm, horizontally mounted, inline res. i'm trying to finally get my **** together to post a build log. we'll see - i'm historically too lazy to do "extra credit."