Err is that SSD just sitting there, or screwed in with invisible screws? Neat little build anyway.
Could be double-sided sticky tape or velcro.
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There are screwholes on the bottom that align perfectly with what looks like the 2.5" screwholes next to it.
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Many Silverstone cases have a very neat way of handling that issue, lol.
By flipping the motherboard 90 degrees, lol.
Anyway, the watercooling loop is done. With that said, here's a couple of things I'd say people want to consider when modding this case...
1. If modding a 360 into the roof, I suggest bringing your fans with you, testfitting them as much as possible to make sure the last one slips through properly. Mine doesn't -quite-, but I could sort of wiggle it into place. Beyond that, dremeling the roof sections were the easiest parts of the build, really.
2. The roof piece won't fit back on without modding. Why? Because there's a tiny bit of plastic over where the new fan is, which collides with said fan... Ergo, it won't fit without cutting that plastic as well.
3. Things get nasty when you have to cut the 5.25" bay though. The bay is too cramped to work on from inside. However, you only have to gut the floor out and things'll slip in nicely. I suggest making the cut directly across the 5.25" from within, then do the rest from below.
4. You don't -have- to cut the front for the fans, since the 200mm allows most of the fan to be exposed, but -some- restriction is sure to appear if you don't cut some more breathing space for them. Incidentally, the metal mesh is perfectly aligned to let you mount the four center screws for the two fans, leaving only top and bottom screws missing. (You'll probably need washers to keep them in place though.)
And with that said, here's a few small issues I ran into...
1. The Alphacool 1/2" barb fittings have longer threads. This was a non-issue for the radiators and the CPU block, but the pump's threads were too short, so the fittings wouldn't screw in to the o-ring, hence they started leaking immediately. I had 90 degree adapters with shorter threads though, so I wound up using those... Don't know about the GPU block, as I went ahead and fitted 90 degrees on it for other reasons.
2. Alphacool's 90 degree adapters have an enormously short fixed point where the threads are, so it's an absolute PITA to tighten without breaking out some tools.
3. Alphacool's radiators have a bunch of nice features, but they completely lack any short screws, washers or the like. That seems like a mild suckerpunch.
And finally, one thing I gotta say about EK... the circle design thing looks many times better in person, as you just don't get to feel the scale of the blocks in person. They're frigging huge, and somehow that just makes it look a whole lot better once you get it out of the box.
A backplate on the GPU would've definitely been the icing on the cake imo!
On a final note, here's how the front fans turn out without cutting the front of the case.
I'll probably do minor changes, such as replacing the fittings. I have to admit that barbed fittings just didn't... feel secure, if that makes sense. I may just go ahead and test Bitspower's compression fitting range.
Additionally, I may opt to do something about refining the mounting of everything. Right now it's not very pretty if you start looking over the cut edges and such, nevermind that the front radiator is an abomination as far as mounting goes lol.
Just bought a 2nd hand PC
Asus VW192S 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor
Thermaltake M9 Case
AMD Athlon II X 4 620 processor 4 cores running at 2.6Ghz
4GB 1333MHz Ram
ATI RAdeon HD5450 512mb
Palit NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 Sonic 216 SP 896 MB (Coming in the mail)
Xtreme power 780W PSU
New build I'm looking to make in the coming months:
AMD 990FX(AM3+) Military-Grade Motherboard with Aerospace-Grade CeraM!X Cooling Tech.
AMD FX-4170 4.2GHz 125W
CPU COOLER REV. 2 TRANQUILLO
2x Corsair Vengeance 4GB DDR3 1600MHz
GPU, I might go with a Geforce GTX 460
PSU Already have a 780W
Already have a 2TB HDD
Maybe add another 60GB SSD
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Last edited by Wries; 2012-09-10 at 01:23 PM.
It's a tiny screen though. But some applications may have trouble with the resolution. Had that reso (on my 15" vaio) and some application windows were simply too large. And video editing, image editing, anything there needed too many pixels used on the tool palettes. Too little screen real estate overall. Might be a lil' different in OSX, though. Haven't tested.
That and the shorter battery time made me go for the 13". Also some might find the 11" too small to work on for a longer amount of time, I'm guessing.