Not much has changed. I've been really busy at work releasing our new software (to be announced to the world on Monday) and waiting for the all the cooling parts. In the meantime I have determined that the EK D5 pump/res combo will not be a simple drop in. To use it, I'd need to construct a mounting plate. Not such a big deal, but I'm also a little disappointed in the size and the placement of the in/out ports. Sure, I can upgrade it with a new top that allows the input to be moved up there and add a larger res, but ultimately I decided to pick up the Thermaltake PR-22 D5. The included mounts work perfectly with this case and I love the size. I'll probably throw the EK combo up in the classified pages instead of sending it back to Slovenia.
Sorry I didn't take many photos of the build so far (I'll try to be better). I really just mounted the motherboard, PSU, RAM and SSD. Nothing fancy, and it only took a couple hours. Like I said in a previous post, this case is really easy to work with.Some tips with the Thermaltake Core P3 case
- The "manual" sucks. Use the images only as a general reference and don't expect it is actually in the order you should follow.
- DO NOT install the PSU until after you have installed everything for the GPU (however you don't need to actually install the GPU until you are ready to start with the cooling)
- Make sure you know which mounting slot you will use for the GPU before finally mounting the PSU.
- Don't forget to install the standoffs for the motherboard. The case comes with a thumbscrew that helps to install the tiny standoffs, however I used a real tool.
- I did not even attempt to the use Thermaltake PCI cable that comes with some of the cases. They are now selling the case without the cable (the one I got from new egg). From all the research I have done, the Thermaltake cable is crap and a major failure point.
Cooling pump/res mounting plate measurements.