I don't believe Hardwarelabs is as notorious as other watercooling manufacturer so let me tell you one thing about their rads beside the fact that they perform extremely well : They are large. Larger than most rads. Check the first and notice the distance there is between the screw holes and the edge of the rad. The rad is if I recall correctly 154mm wide.
So when Phanteks shows you a video demonstrating the possibilities their Enthoo Elite brings to the table and that it features a 560 radiator mounted on front, that doesn't mean your Hardwarelabs Black Ice Nemesis 560 GTS will fit. It really doesn't...
So I grabbed my 560 GTS, gently slided it... untill something blocked :'(
Who would have guessed that a 154mm rad wouldn't fit in a 144mm gap?
I started panicking... I really wanted to fit this rad on front and this was about to screw up...
In case you didn't figure it out already, I am NOT a handy guy. I had never modded a case before I had never even drilled a hole before. I am a 25 years old C# developer and all I know is coding lol
Of course like any good NOT handy guy i would think, I barely have any tools and the few I have are all related to pc building.
I started watching modding tutorials, simple stuff such as how to cut a PC case that's how I discovered the word "Dremel" (for real).
Got the 3000 rotary tool with a bunch of circular blades (probably not the right word, sorry).
I don't know about you but modding a case freaks me out.
And you know what freaks me out more? Modding a case I paid 900 euros for and it being my first mod.
But I have no choice here, I want all my rads to be the same, I want them to be hardwarelabs and I want a 560 on front.
So I grabbed the bull by its horns and....
I called my father xD
After having spent an afternoon fearing he would cut himself and watching smoke getting out of my precious case the result was here. I love this man and the fact he helps me the way he does <3
It's probably not the cleanest cut you'll have ever seen but it did the job and it was pretty hard to cut so close to the edge.
While this can't be an excuse the fact is you can't see it unless you plunge your head inside the case.
Once the rad would fit it still wasn't enough because It would fit only by moving it 4mm to the left when looking from the front.
fortunately, since the front is also meant to host 120mm radiators, I could use those holes for the right side.
So all I had to do was piercing a few holes in order to screw the left side of the rad.
After a bunch of headaches cutting (more like watching someone cut), piercing and a bit of filing, my rad was finally compatible with the front mount!