Originally Posted by GoodInk
I know the feeling, once the HDD cage comes out, you loose a lot of area to hide stuff. For a first time mod, 100% great work! The only thing I would do is flip the SSD and the HDD, the SSD is upside down and the silver I feel would look better than the PBC on the HDD. I thought about setting mine up much like yours, but I went the route of putting my rad up front. A few questions, how well does the top panel seal? Second, how good is the flow of air through the rad? Third, the mesh on the res, drive covers or did you find something that looks a lot like the stock stuff?
I originally had the HDD flipped the other way to begin with but I think the reason I did that was because the SSD power was opposite sided so it was kinda pick and choose which one is showing bottom.
1] The Radiator is actually all the way down to the metal, it's recessed into the plastic with nothing underneath. I'm guessing you mean how well does it go back together? It's all clipped in like it was before in stock positions
2] The air flow is GREAT. Then again I am running a couple of AP-15's up there but still, only running them at 70% to cut noise and it's perfect. I'm definitely going to be adding my 5850 to the loop in about a month. Check out my temps at the following link whilst doing Small FFT on Prime95. http://i54.tinypic.com/1534shw.png
3] The mesh I actually bought a sheet from some guy on Ebay at the following link http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=260772945594
. I will say it's stainless and I wish I could've found aluminum or a softer metal to make it easier to work with.
That sheet is twice as wide as what you need for the front, but will only cover about half of the drive bay above where my resevoir is. I just hammered out the stock piece till flat, matched it up to the new one, then cut it with a very thin band saw, painted it flat black, put it in the front panel with the filtration material then flipped over the black XSPC resevoir cover and used the screws to fasten the mesh down to it with the cover as well. The holes are rectangles as opposed to rounded shapes though, and it's all woven, not stamped and one piece so the edges will fray if you're not extra careful. Also, the holes are about #14.
As far as the drive cage is concerned, I actually cut it down to 3 capacity and rotated it 90 degrees and was going to put the drives back in it but I missdrilled something and haven't been back to the shop to remedy it. Anyway, when it's rotated 90 degrees the cage actually butts up perfectly to the front 120mm fan so air pushes through there GREAT. If you're going to try this, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE CAGE ORIENTATED CORRECTLY!! Otherwise the tabs for the drives won't be out the back so installation of drives will be a ***** and you'll have to redrill the holes... Not that that's the reason I haven't finished mine or anything... *whistles* I'm still planning on doing this, but wasn't going to say anything ;P Just have to make 2 more holes and it's in.Edited by The Red Dojo - 6/14/11 at 11:32pm