Originally Posted by Melcar
I think you would have to remove the HDD cover shield thing for the rad to fit, or to at least get it in there easily. Probably get rid of the 5.25" drive cage too. The video is not clear about the front panel. 3x140mm fans do fit without removing the i/o panel.
OK, got an Enthoo Pro, a GTX 420 and a GTX 280. Yes, the 420 rad (same one as in the above vid) will fit. As long as you don't try to hang any fans off of it. Even fans one one side will hit the motherboard. That's a thick rad, 54mm I think is the spec.
Before I get to the next phase, let me say that I really like this case. The way it can be disassembled makes it very mod-able.
So time to whip out the angle grinder. I mounted the push pull 280 first, and Bill mentions in his vid that the stock mounting points are just a little off to allow the GTX 280 to fit. You can use the stock mounting points, you just have to cut a hole in the floor - I'm mounting the in/out of the rad at the bottom, as this is where I hope to install the drain valve. I also cut a hole in the bottom of the 5.25" drive bay enclosure, but I think I could have left this alone after it was all said and done, just some relief at the bottom seemed to do the trick. But the side panel has a stiffening flange where the 200mm fan comes through, and that sticks out far enough to keep the radiator from fitting side to side so it had to go.
OK, front rad fitted and looking good. Time for the top rad.
I could have bought a thinner rad, or a shorter rad, or a narrower rad - any number of possibilities other than go ahead and use the GTX 420. But I wanted the GTX 420 in push pull in this case. I had already purchased the 140mm fans for both rads push pull. And I have a grinder. Right off, first mock up, I can see the top mobo mounting stand offs are WAY too far up behind the radiator with just one set of fans on there. No way it'll ever clear. I temporarily mount the mobo and now it's obvious that nothing is going to clear the VRM heatsink other than maybe just a fan. So I moved the radiator over 30mm towards the side away from the mobo and that's looking good. I had to cut the corner off the plastic in/out shroud thing, and leave one of the corner mounting points off the back fan (my first be quiet! fans, I like that removable mounting point), but it all cleared.
Well, would have cleared except for that hard drive side panel thing. And that's the kicker, I'm old. Old school. Computers have optical drives, so I'm leaving the 5.25" drive bays in there. Or at least a couple of them. Had to cut the top 5.25" bay out right above the 2nd quick release to let the radiator move over enough. I could have cut the 2nd one out, but there's a screw where the panel mounts to the front that really helps with the integrity of the structure up there and it's just below where I made the cut. The only fatality was no pull fan in the front station, push only there, but putting a fan there would have made it real tight for the bends coming from the radiator clearing the top of the optical drive, anyway (hard tube). Still have 3 push, 2 pull. Moving the rad over 30mm meant that none of the mounting holes (slots, actually) would still be usable, time to drill some new mounting holes.
That would have been easy enough for the near side, next to the removable side panel, but the other row of screws were out in the middle of the open area where the fans would be. I made some tabs from thin aluminum to mount those screws to, of course now half the fan was under solid metal on the near side - time to whip out the grinder again and open up some area over where the fans are now.
Stuffing it will be like one of those slide puzzles. There will be no way to get to the 8 pin mobo power headers, have to plug those in before I mount the top rad. And there are some fan headers up there, too. I'll just put extensions on all of them and use the ones I need.
But when it's finished, it will be a very nicely packed Enthoo Pro with some good radiator area & push/pull fans (mostly). And an optical drive.
I'll try to get some pics of it in various stages of re-assembly, it's not as gruesome as it sounds.