Originally Posted by Roxycon
Get a blind plug for the othe side of the valve for added security so you dont accidentally spill koolant if somthing hits the valve knob
That's probably a good idea too, but kind of defeats the purpose of having the ease of a valve. As long as the valve is dependable & wouldn't leak (not much purpose for it in the first place if it would), it looks like would stay completely hidden behind that cover in front of the HDDs where I would probably never be messing around with anything near it otherwise. I don't know, having the double assurance against a leak would probably be a good thing in any case. I'm going to be using primochill's rigid colored tubing and just distilled water. No coolants or dyes or anything like that, so I don't expect to be draining the thing very often.
From the looks of it I'll be able to install a fitting with a hose, the valve, and just run enough the hose up the side of the HDD cages out of view of everything that I can pull it out to a level below the bottom of case to drain it if/when needed. Now that I think about it I'm not sure why I would need the 3-way or a rotary extender like Jesse suggested since the hose coming from that port would only be used for draining purposes, it's not going to go to anything else.
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On another thought. I just realized that if you move the HDD cages to the position closest to the front, there's actually room for a 360 monsta in the bottom without losing any of the HDD capacity. Hmmmm? That'd be ~10% more surface area than a 280, plus as I'm just finding out figuring/pricing everything, there's not nearly as many choices of high static pressure fans in 140mm as there are 120s. Not sure that running a 360 instead of the 280 I've been contemplating would leave me any room to use the drain port on that end though. It looks like it would be a pretty tight fit judging from the picture below.
I guess there's a possibility there might still be room next to or just on this side of the HDD cages for a 90 deg fitting to run it straight up from the 360's drain port, but I guess I won't be able to tell that until I actually get the case.
That, or maybe I will have to add that rotary and 3 way like Jesse suggested and add it next to the pump(s) behind the mobo tray next to the PSU, as that'll also be a similarly low point in my loop.
Decisions. Decisions. Edited by Unicr0nhunter - 9/5/13 at 6:38am