Originally Posted by nzphil
It looks like the top is your only real option. As far as clearance goes it shouldn't be a problem as long as you place your H105 towards the window. Is your's the 240mm version? If its the 280 then you might have clearance problems. As for sound damping there's not much you can do. I would advise buying a magnetic dust filter for the top though, as much for looks as for reducing dust. To me this seems like you best option.
Thanks! Good to know there wont be any clearance issue, finally straight answer. I have 240mm version indeed, did not even know there is 280mm one.
I actually have 2 of those magnetic filters inside my current R2, alongside 2 Noctua NH14 fans. I planned to migrate those to the new rig anyway. Not sure those filters fit now though, if the case is wider than R2 (and grills on top too).
Anyway, googled around a bit and find this contraption:
if i could live without optical drive (chances are i could, since i use them like once per year at best), i could buy 2 of these and fit all my drives in there. So no need for any HDD cage, could then place the radiator the front, problem with the front mount solved.
The question is, what about airflow in this case? With top mounted radiator its easy, radiator being outtake, so is the fan in the back, front of the case serving as intake. But what about the front version? If i have radiator as intake, then add another fan on the floor of the case between the radiator and PSU as another intake and have one outtake in the upper back, will this provide enough airflow/pressure/whatever to call it? I could possibly use the moduvent on the side panel as another intake if needed too... But would love to keep the top of the case closed, if there is no radiator.