Originally Posted by ruffhi I have two 120.3 white with white fin rads. They look lovely. These are the first rads I have owned so I have nothing to compare them against. Pics in my 'Liquorice Allsorts' build log (see sig).
I really love the white rad/white fins aesthetic, geggeg suggested I drive the rig over to PPCS and compare all three radiator color options for the HWL MP 280 radiator, that is a wonderful idea, since my visualization capabilities reside at the level of zilch.
When I had the Mercury S8 black and white two-tone, would have been an easy choice to pick up the Hardware Labs SR2 MP in the white/w white fins. With this S8S, trying to balance three tones is extremely difficult.
White just pops so well with the gunmetal interior as an accent and brought in the Seasonic Snow Silent white PSU, yet it's hardly visible down below the motherboard. The gunmetal and black also look amazing adjacent to one another. Want to blend all three tones without looking like a random assembly of colors thrown together without any purpose. I'd rather the tone balance reflect some design, style or at least some forward thinking.
How many years until I finish this build? Already using the 6700K/M8E rig daily to get work done, its an absolute joy over the 3770K/M5E that now seems slow and has been reassigned as a parts testing, backup and web browser rig, just need to get the new guts into the case and finish the plumbing in the front room and the basement, and cut a few holes.
In this first pic, going with the Hardware Labs Multiport 280 will allow direct access to the left chamber (red arrow) using one front port and one of the HWL MP 280s side ports. The only option with the EK CE 280 is turning it around to face the chassis front and modding/cutting the CaseLabs 280 rad mount and cutting the corner edge of one 140mm fan to run two soft tubes from the front, yea the idea was to not run the tubing in this mid chassis bay area front of the mobo tray and use that space to feature the Aquaero 6 as an LT config internal mount, with the tidiest cable management ever presented (I hope) and some white PSU cables. Adding two long tubing runs laying on the floor of the case I thought would just look cluttered and messy.
Also, all three of my EK rads are peeling paint and cannot rub away all the scratch marks and they've never been wet, all beat up from simple dry fitting, the finish is not so durable and I take my time and great care when fitting parts just simply touching the rads to some of the CaseLabs powder coated case and frame parts have damaged the EK rads, not fair. The CaseLabs powdercoat shows NO signs of scratches or wear, its as beautiful as the first day I assembled.
I had (4) mods to complete with this build, now only (3). When is a mod no longer a mod and only a reconfiguration? When there's no cutting of metal involved, I guess.
Really love the fresh new look the eLoop B14-PS 140mm fans bring to the front panel, before it was a bit boring in all black, that white just pops.
When the four ROG red accents are painted white, this board will look amazing, a gunmetal and white ROG board. (thumbs up emoticon)Edited by iBruce - 2/25/16 at 7:30am