After some measurements and thoughts I have decided to go with a little unconventional mounting option for my radiators and fans. The radiator will be mounted outside the be quiet! Dark Base Pro 900 between the case cover and frame. I decided for this option, to expose only the fans inside the case and give maximum amount of clearance to keep the motherboard and EKWB monoblock as the heros.
I took measurements with a Corsair ML140 fan, but will go for the amazingly good looking and awesome fans from be quiet! – be quiet! Silent Wings 3.
I did a quick test mount with one fan to take measurements of heights and positions. My cardboard motherboard dummy isn’t making my case justice 😀
With HardWareLabs 420 x-flow radiator, the inlet and outlet of the radiator will not work with the case. Used my mounting fan to take measurements.
Important not to cut away the entire mounting are in the case. I never know what the future will require, but need the radiator to be centered in the case. Will try to use the upper part of and make a continuous turn for a hole big enough for my water cooling fittings. Nothing I can’t handle with a drill and a hand file. Just not need to ensure I cut in the right place.
Centered and alined. Would be a shame if I cant fit 3 fans after my mod. This looks like the right placement. Time to cut.
This looks just right. The inlet / outlet of my HardWareLabs 420 x-flow radiator will not let me mount it on the outside of the case frame. One side done, time to fix next.
Managed to keep the entire mounting area intact and still make the inlet / outlet hole in the case large enough.
Looks like this will work. I only covered the radiator in plastic to keep it unscratched while modding. It will not be there for the finished product, I promise 🙂
One last thing to test. That the water cooling fitting will fit when the fans are mounted and they will. Mod done. Think I will create a case fan bracket to cover the side of the fans for a cleaner look, maybe do that in carbon fiber…