Respone to uncle sid
Sorry for the delay, uncle sid. Life sometimes gets real busy. My original plan was to get another 5.25" mounting bracket for the right side of the case. But I discovered the one on the left was not needed for what I had planned, And I just removed it and mounted it on the right. The flimsy hot swap box that came with the case is a problem for clearance of the power supply, but there is plenty of room when the right side is used for an optical drive instead of the stock hot swap. The mounting of the 5.25" bay on the right requires some not so insignificant trimming, as the hot swap is smaller than 5.25". With some careful pruning, the 5.25" can easily be mounted so that mirrors its former position on the left. A couple drilled holes, and it's as if it was designed to go there (should have been). Since I was replacing the 2 hot swap bays with a 3 bay Icy Dock unit, all it took was a makeshift bracket to hold the sides of the Icy Dock. It slid into the original 5.25" hole perfect, which held the front in place. So no need for the second 5.25". The Icy Dock leaves plenty of room behind it for the 2 3.5" hard drives mounted in the original location. I'm kinda surprised that others have not seen the advantage to this configuration. The biggest clearance problem seems to be between the PSU and the hot swap bays, and my mod fixes this issue. The Air filter is fully functional. There are two 230mm fans pulling air through the washable filter and into the case, creating a quiet positive pressure in the case. The air filter housing is for a Holly Dominator, and has just the right size opening for the fans, so no modification was needed for it. There are 4 fans push/pulling out through the 280mm AIO radiator, but the system as a whole maintains positive pressure, so that no dust ever enters the case.The system has been up and running for some time now, and I absolutely love it. Cool and clean. This case rocks. It just needed a little tweaking to be everything I dreamed of. Had this concept in my head for a couple of years. Finally had the funds to complete it. Hope you have a similar experience.
Note: If anyone wants the original hotswap bays, I'm willing to give away to good home. They are useless in any other case, as they require the tabs on the HAF-XB's case to latch shut.
Last edited by DrivFast4U; 02-20-2019 at 07:06 AM.