Shooter? As in First Person Shooter games? Well, I'm just a filthy casual when it comes to games.
So, been staring at the rig and I just didn't like it. 3 things I wanted. One is to have a pull config on the X61 so I can get at the dust from the bottom of the rad. Instead of uninstalling the fans in push config just to get to dust sandwiched between the fan and rad. Two is to have optical bay available, which means installing the rad in the back end. Still have DVD/BR discs that kids may want to watch... old Disney stuff mostly. Three is to have a rear fan for exhaust.
To insall the rad in the back, I had to remove the plastic housing on the mobo. It won't be it's sexy original self but I'm whatevs at this point . I've already installed the cooler to the cpu and I have no thermal paste . So I had to "delicately" unplug any wires, remove the rad still attached to the cpu, unscrew the mobo from the case, flip it over and remove 3 tiny screws on the back which holds the plastic housing. This now allowed enough clearance to install the rad in the back. Now I could install it in push config and call it a day. Interweb search showed one guy doing it with the rear 140mm fan installed.
Thinking about it, I still wanted the fans on top for pull. I did a test fit and the provided screws just didn't seem long enough. Barely enough thread to "bite" into the Ran to home depot and check out their screw selection. Turns out the provided screw is #6-32 and 1-1/4 long (nominal most likely because it was more 1.2 when I measured with a scale ruler). Next length available was 1-1/2 so I got eight of those. Well, this was too long as the rad hole didn't take the threads all the way through. SMH . So I make do with the provided long screws. At first without washers to hold it in place and get a good bite into the rad, then added the washers later when it was lined up and it held everything just fine. Perfect, I thought. Well a rear fan had no room. Like before a 140mm is a no go and blocked by the rad. A 120mm has room but the hole slots don't line up. I'd need to drill holes or mod the case. I decide to put that on the back burner for now. 2 out of 3 ain't bad.
So all set right? Nope. Dumb me forgot to push the wires through the top and blocked by the rad and I didn't want to take it out, so I had to snake the wires with my big honking hands through teeny tinly slot holes. With some pulling, hooking, and cussing I got most of it through. Finally, I tried to put back the optical cage but it turns out I have to slide it in... from the back. I couldn't do this since the rad was in the way. Seriously ? I'm going to have to uninstall the rad, slide in the cage, and re-install the rad now (after having gone through the pain of snaking wires in order to avoid removal of the rad in the first place). Guess I'm doing that later tonight... if I feel like it.
TL;DR Ongoing saga of me wrestling with building a rig and ranting and venting here. Haven't gotten shocked... yet.