OK, so now we move onto my favorite part of this build... The 140mm rad setup! Now like I said before, I had this idea in my head when I bought the case, but there was not enough data out there on this case at the time to know if the 140mm rad was going to fit directly to the front mounting holes. Obviously the fan fits, but the rad mounted sideways was going to add a few mm that might not allow it to fit. So I gambled, and it worked!!
So the cool thing about this case, is that Lian Li make these special screws that you connect to the fan so that you can just pop the fans in and out. I wanted to see if I could keep this going, as it would make maintenance on this guy a real breeze. After a few tests, it worked like a charm! So let's take a look at this bad boy!
So what we have here in this nice tidy bundle from right to left:
Special Lian Li mounting screw things -> Lian Li 140 filter -> Fan -> XSPC 140mm rad -> Fan -> Phobya mesh grill -> Bitspower res bracket -> BItspower Tank Z 80mm res
I will explain a little more about how everything is connected in a bit, but the key thing here is to note that this little module is basically a single piece, that literally just snaps right into the front of the case with little to no effort, and no screw or tools!!
Now the Phoyba grill I originally got just for looks, but what turned out to be a super awesome side effect of this grill, is the extra couple mm that is extends beyond the fan is exaclty enough to give support to the entire module once mounted to the front of the case! How perfect!
Few more pictures of the "module"
On the bottom of the res, I have a special port that will be used for easy draining of the system. More on this later...
I am going to use only distilled water in this build, so you can see my little silver kill coil in the res
Here is the special drain port I mentioned earlier. Basically just a length of hose with a Koolance VL3N no drip QDC fitting. I have used these on other builds before and they work great. This little fella will just be "tucked" away until needed. When I want the drain the system I just whip this guy out and attache the female QDC and drain away