Got a few issues with physical components placement questions.
1. centrifugal pump mounted on case's floor
As I know, all centrifugal pumps have inlets in center (at the rotational axis of impeller) and the outlet is always on the outer edge, e.g. like this:
Initially I wanted to place the D5 pump on the floor of case between GPUs and the intake area radiator.
Also It seems that I will need to get an EX360 radiator instead of RX360 for that project (in intake area), because the RX would simply be too thick leaving not enough space for the pump and plumbing around it. EX360 will run with AP-15 fans in push config only.
Another problem is that most brackets on D5 pumps force the placement of pump with centrifugal inlet on the side (I would really want one orienting the pump with inlet on top, but cannot find such brackets on any of pumps). In other words even if I got the Koolance pump+res combo (the cylindrical one with pump installed at bottom) I wouldn't be able to mount it anywhere ... except mounting it to 120mm fan holes at the rad itself. I guess it's not a good idea to mount the pump to rad itself, so I'd rather mount it on floor and do the tubing bends with angled connectors so it all gets connected right.
2. cylinder shaped reservoir (Koolance probably) mounting location
I have 3 options here:
a) mount the reservoir on top of pump, but then I am running into a mounting spot trouble (not much space for that on the MB tray, might not fit)
b) mount the reservoir with velcro or zip ties to the side, close to radiator, but not on it
c) use the Koolance 120mm brackets and mount the reservoir on the EX360 rad itself - does it carry any negative effects on rad performance?
Here is a pic of my case, as you can see current RX240 with push pull fans is taking too much space and not much left between it and GPUs, hence why I will be going with EX360 with fans on one side only. it should leave some space around to mount both the pump and cylinder reservoir somewhere.
I am still not certain how to push it further. there is still time, I'm in no rush here, since I am having some financial issues, so won't be buying the parts for some time yet.
What do you think about reservoir mounted on the intake radiator? not a good idea? I will probably try mounting it to intake area on front side somewhere, not sure yet how it works out.
in meantime updated the diagram, not much changes, except for thinner radiator, less fans in front and pump connections and placement:
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