Originally Posted by SteezyTN
So no one really replied, but I would like to know about the flex bay regarding the SMA8. I'm going to place a 360 in the front, where its above the midplate. I will use pass throughs for the tubing to go below in the chambers. Now I would also like a fan in the front to bring in cool air to the bottom chambers. Would I need to order a 120.4 flex bay, or just order a 120.3 and order a 120.1 for the bottom chamber flex bay? Thanks all.
Not sure that's the most efficient way to go . . . .
From looking at some pics, it looks like there are 9 bays above the midplate and 4 below. . . . looking at others, it looks like 9 1/2 above and 3 1/2 below
Hopefully TCO or another SMA8 owner will chime in to say definitively whether the midplate is exactly at the break line between the lower 4 and upper 9 flex bays, or at the lower 3.5 / upper 9.5 point.
A 360 takes 9 bays, plus some encroachment into the 10th.
If you put it with the fittings to the top, you'll probably manage to squeeze it in with the fittings above the top of the flex bay opening.
You would want a 120 X 1 below the plate.
If you put fittings at the bottom, they'll likely encroach below the midplate, but it might work if it's a short end tank rad like HWL.
The downside to the 360 above the midplate, is that it kills being able to use a 480 up top, unless you go with the really ugly 120mm extended top and mount the rad and all the fans above the top chassis panel.
If you go with a 360 starting from the bottom up, with fittings at the bottom, you'll have 4 bays above the rad, use a 120 X 1 above the rad for the 4th fan, and can still fit a 480 in the top and an Aquaero in the very top flex bay.
Go with the better looking 39mm extended top if you want P-P fans on the top 480, or a little more clearance below it if using just a single set of fans above.
DarleneEdited by IT Diva - 5/29/15 at 12:50pm