2.) Unboxing Level 20GT and Fitting Radiators/Fans
At some point during the break down of the P90 loop, the new case came in. It's been quite a while since I've unboxed a "normal" case.
This case has a total of 4 tempered glass windows: the usual main compartment side panel, the front panel, the top panel and for whatever reason, the "other" side panel. I am not one who has enough patience and skill to make my "behind the scenes" cable routing pretty to look at. So I could have gone without the glass there.
But I really like the way the side panels open and close, with the magnets. I also do like the sturdiness the side panels, since they certainly won't flex or bend.
After unboxing, I stripped out the main compartment so I could start seeing how things will fit.
The first challenge was how to accommodate the radiators for a dual loop. The front panel area of the case can support up to a 360mm or a 420mm radiator. My first plan would be to use two 240mm radiators, one for each loop. But that just will not fit. I tried thinking of other configurations but nothing seemed to satisfy my requirements. I could have went with just two 120mm radiators or two 140mm radiators, but that would leave a lot of empty space, which bothered me.
I opted to go with one 240mm and one 120mm. That fills in the space inside the case nicely. I didn't have the 240mm radiator I needed on-hand to test this, but I had a left over white one from another build. We'll see in later posts how I will execute the tube routing.
However, now I needed to deal with the front fans, which would be visible through the front panel glass. I didn't like how there would be a gap between the fans due to the radiators. So I figured out that you can fit a 140mm fan in the front, provided that you install the inside radiators first and be a careful with lining up the screws for the 140mm. With that, I will be able to fit three 140mms in the front, which will fill in the spaces nicely. Below I used the 140mm that came with the case to test.