The top two drive bay covers donâ€™t fit on anymore, as I originally cut the radiator placement to be as far forward in the 5.25" bays as it would fit.
Actually I think you should read (or scan pics) from start to where I'm at now, over here
, to get a better understanding of what's in this rig.
But the short version is that the drive covers don't fit on anymore. The only difference I could have done was with the front case door open vs closed. I did however take off the plastic fan filter door covers, but the filters are still there so it's not like Iâ€™ve removed all restrictions there (could be a factor, again, will have to do some proper testing when I get chance to see what makes the most difference).
I did actually half heartedly try and make a 'duct' for the rad/drive section, but discovered that it was going to be a lot of work to get it in place with the RAM and pipes, and promptly gave up
I shall have to try with open PCI brackets, I have actually blocked them all up at the minute (bar the one at the back of the graphics card) as I was trying to coax as much air in the front bay opening as possible (and hence cooler air to the rad). As with most of the half hearted things I try out, I didn't actually test whether this made a difference for the good or the worse of the temps. But I suspect it was a bad thing doing that?
The fans are already rubber pin mounted (bar the one at the top where you have to hook and screw it on) so I presume that is what you mean by soft mount? But what do you mean for the pump?
Thanks for the help and suggestions so far, I know a lot about computers, but must admit that extreme silencing techniques is something I am pretty new to.