Originally Posted by slayersic
im planning to buy a corsair h80i gt cpu cooler, my question is - will i able to use the hard drive cage? im planning to use my 3.5 4tb hard drive for max storage, anyone?
The H80i GT doesn't interfere with the installation of a 3.5" HDD, but there are other issues to consider.
As mentioned previously, I had an H80i GT and returned it. The rigid tubing was difficult to work with.
It was manageable, but it wasn't the best fit for the SG13.
- For example, during initial installation of the pump onto the motherboard/CPU, the stiff tubing actually resulted in a rotational pull that dislodged the heatsink/pump from its mounting bracket.
- Then there's the problem of how difficult it was to push an ATX power supply down on top of the tubing, as they're routed underneath of the PSU regardless of radiator orientation...
- I was also unable to adequately squeeze the top-most tube coming from the radiator to the underside of the back of the PSU, and so that required me to route the tubing along the side of the PSU...
- ...which meant that the tubing and the front panel USB 3.0 cable together pushed on the side panel/cover of the chassis, resulting in a visible bulge and a lot of strain...
- ...and someone already mentioned that it's not possible to use the H80i GT with both included fans. It's possible to replace them with fans which are 10-12mm depth fans, but that's added cost.
So there were my issues, point-by-point. Everyone likes bullet-points.
The Cooler Master Nepton 120 XL that I purchased to replace the H80i GT has the thickest radiator possible for the SG13. It's so perfectly-sized, in fact, that I was unable to use one of the thumb screws included in the box to attach the interior fan because the head of the thumbscrew occupies the same physical space as the 24-pin ATX power connector, both on my Z77E-ITX and the P8Z77E-I.
Edit: ...and as it turns out, I can use neither of the bottom thumbscrews because the head of the lower-right thumbscrew occupies the same physical space as the 8 pin power connector. lol. Going to have to find some flatter, more normal 120mm fan length screws to replace the thumbscrews that came with the Nepton 120 XL... not that it's been a problem to have the bottom half of the fan a little wobbly. Not even any extra noise, actually.Edited by Kade7596 - 11/8/15 at 1:19am