Case Change (Meshify S2 maybe?) and Converting to Hard Tubing
I've been in my current rig for about 5 years now (started building it end of 2014). It continues to serve me well for my uses so I am not really interested in upgrading the components. But I have been thinking it's time to retire the Corsair 540 case and look at something else. I've also been really impressed by the aesthetics of these hard/rigid tubing builds people seem to do now instead of the old soft tubing. So I have some questions.
I started by googling and looking at the cases. Things like the Lian Li O11 popped up, and yes looks pretty cool with that distribution block. But the Fractal Design Meshify S2 really caught my eye, primarily due to the front end mesh. Since I have a black and gold theme with my 540 build and the tubing/fittings, I pictured the same black/gold theme in a black Meshify S2 and got a strong Deus Ex: Human Revolution vibe from that idea and I think that's what I want to go for.
So my questions:
1. It looks like the Meshify S2 has a good design for radiator fitment and reservoir mounting in the front. Any gotchas or things to watch out for?
2. What would be the best radiator configuration for size and placement? What are good radiators these days?
3. When it comes to hard tubing, I know that needs a specific kind of fitting, but with regards to the tubing, is PETG still what people use, or should I be looking at something else? Also, any specific tools for measuring, bending, and cutting? I really don't know much of anything about hard tubing.
4. How about coolant? With the colored soft tubing, I've always traditionally used distilled water with additives for anti-microbial and anti-corrosion properties. With hard tubing, what would be a good option? With my current soft tubing build I use black tubing a and gold fittings. For hard tubing are there any good black coolants and gold colored fittings?
5. My blocks seems to be mostly still good after 5 years usage on my last maintenance and inspection a couple months back. However the plastic (plexi?) cover of my gold Supremacy EVO is really cloudy. Any good way to make it clear again? Inside the block looks mostly fine, just needs a little cleaning.
As for the aesthetic, I am not at all into RGB or lighting in the build. All my color schemes are with the components and watercooling parts (tubing/fittings).
[Intel] Core i7-4790k
[Corsair] Vengance Pro Series 16GB DDR3-2400
[Crucial] M550 512GB
[WD] Black 3TB x 2
[EK] Supremacy EVO - Gold
[EK] GTX 980 Strix - Fullcover w/ Backplate
[EK] D5 X-RES Top 100 w/ D5 Vario
[Monsoon] 3/8" ID 5/8" OD Compressions - Gold
[Corsair] SP120 x 5 / AF120 x 1
[Corsair] Carbide Air 540
[Windows] 8.1 Pro 64-bit
[Corsair] K70 - Red switches
[Audio Technica] ATH-A700
[ASUS] Rampage III Formula
[EVGA] GTX 670 FTW 2GB
[Corsair] Dominator-GT 6GB DDR3-1866
[Crucial] M4 128GB
[Samsung] Spinpoint F3 1TB x2
[WD] Caviar Black 750GB
[XSPC] EX360 and EX240
[Scythe] Gentle Typhoon AP-15 x 5
[EVGA] GTX 680 Hydro Copper w/ Backplate
[XSPC] Dual-bay Res w/ [Swiftech] MCP655
[Bitfenix] Spectre Pro Red LED - 140mm x 4
[NZXT] Switch 810 Matte Black
[Windows] 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
[Saitek] Cyborg V.5 Red LED
[Razer] Naga Epic Red LED
[Audio Technica] ATH-A700
[ASUS] Xonar Essence STX
[Intel] HD Graphics 5300
[Generic?] 256GB SSD
[Microsoft] Windows 10
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Last edited by Sir Beregond; 09-04-2019 at 01:25 PM.