This was my mock up of the side rad an the ideas I was looking at.
Mocking up the side radiator. I tried using fan spacers. They were too thick.
Mocking up the side radiator.
The corsair fans are about 3mm thicker than a 25mm thick fan, they have rubber pads to help absorb vibrations, so this makes the spacers just a little too thick.
So I am going to have to use a canabilized fan as a spacer.
I made a cutout for the front panel connectors.
You can see the front panel cables and how they obstruct the fans and radiator. I had to make a cutout of the fan spaces to route the cables. Some folks have just bent the cables, but I wasn't comfortable doing that.
Completed side radiator with fan spacers.
I got a custom made fan grill for the side rad.
I found him on Etsy.
He worked with me to come up with the design which is the ASUS ROG tribal pattern.
I think it is going to look amazing in front of the RGB fans for the side panel radiator.
I mocked up the assembly for the pump. I'm using a 140 fan bracket because I didn't want to be limited by the fans for pump placement. I also wanted to clear the custom fan grill.
I used some old motherboard standoffs to clear the fan grill. I want to be absolutely sure everything is centered.
Had to drill into the case. This was a bit stressful. But it worked out.
The Lian Li PC-O11 WGX comes with a bracket and PCIe riser cable to mount your GPU vertically to the floor of the case, but if you have fans or radiator on the bottom of the case, you can't mount it there.
I really wanted to have the card vertically, with fans and a rad on the bottom.
I made a custom mount for my card using some acrylic and a PCIe bracket, but when I got my new Mobo and CPU i decided to go with the Coolermaster vertical GPU mount.
Dyno is helping me out and wants a cookie.
I wasn't a huge fan of how the card sat on the rear slot, it puts the card very close to the motherboard and just look a little odd with the flat shelf on the front.
I ended up modifying it a little so I can mount the card on the front PCIe slot of the card mount.
One thing to be aware of, the PCIe extension cable is relatively short, and in my case, barely reached the top 16x PCIe slot.
Using the Rockit Cool Delid tool.
Trying to figure out tube runs.
Let's ignore the cable management in the back.
The liquid metal bonded between my Rockit Cool IHS and the cold plate on the CPU waterblock. My temps really started to spike.
The channels still looked really clean.