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Originally Posted by Dalz View Post
I definitely wish I would have seen the Archon before I picked up the Silver Arrow... It would have saved me a ton of headache. Thanks for the info.

I decided to try rotating the whole thing so the fans are pointing up before dealing with return shipping, restocking fees, etc. It does fit - barely. We're talking milimeters to spare between the top fan clips and the case fan.

As you can see from the pics (sorry they're not very good quality), the X-Fi Titanium sitting above the top video card now also fits where it did not have room with the SA pushing air out the back.

But I have two concerns with this setup and would like some advice:

This configuration forces me to put the SA fans in the middle and on top instead of on the bottom and in the middle. This probably isn't ideal, is it? Will I be losing any significant cooling?
Also, will it cause any problems by being so close to the top of the case? Would it help if I went to two smaller fans instead of the 240mm so they align better with the SA fans?
It shouldn't matter a whole lot as to where you put the fans. In that "non-optimal" arrangement, you'll probably get a degree or two higher temperatures - nothing to lose sleep over.
As for problems, I'd just make sure the rotations of the fans are in the right direction. The middle fan should be pushing air towards the top fan. The top should be pushing air towards the top of the case. If the rotations are reversed, your temperaturs will probably be significantly higher since you are effectively choking the fans and cooler of air.

As for alignment, it doesn't matter either. Air will flow from where ever there is more of to where ever there is less of. As long as that 240mm is pushing the same amount of air as two smaller ones, it's a waste of money to buy the smaller ones, not to mention the higher noise levels. To check, add the two CFMs of the smaller fans and compare it to the CFM of the 240mm. If the difference is roughly 5, I wouldn't bother.

Even then, the temperature difference is going to be maybe a degree or two lower, if even that much.

If it helps you sleep any better, the archon doesn't have any of those problems.
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