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Need advice on installing Corsair H50 push-pull in an Antec 900 case?

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Hey everyone. I bought some components a few months ago, and I wanted to put it to good use right now. Currently, I am using my stock HSF. So, I wanted to ask what is the best way, in your guys' opinion, on how to install the Corsair H50 with my current hardware setup. I have never installed an aftermarket cooler before, so this would be my first time. Hence, I wanted to ask to make sure I will be installing it properly.

My system specs:

Antec 900 (semi-modded)
Asus P6T SE Mobo
i7 930 CPU (currently using stock HSF)
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HD
Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 GFX
G-Skill 6GB RAM
Antec TruePower 650W

What I have in my possession:

2 of the Scythe GT AP-15 fans (for push-pull configuration)
Corsair H50
ArctiClean cleaning solution

My current status is I have taken the motherboard/CPU/RAM/GFX card out (I believe my DVD-RW & hard drive are still in there--not sure if I will need to take them out or not) of the case and will install the actual H50 pump components next.

My plan of action next is to: install the radiator/fan first and then the actual H50 pump (following this video here: [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUxoFiFuS_g[/ame]). After that has been done, I will clean the CPU using some ArctiClean solution I had bought 6 years ago. However, before I can proceed, I have to decide how to go about with the radiator/fan assembly. This is where I have questions and need your guys expertise/advice. My questions are as follows:

Given my current Antec 900 case, how should I approach the push-pull configuration? I have attached a picture of how the inside of my case currently looks like.

My case has a total of 4 fans: 3 TriCool 120mm and 1 TriCool 200mm. Two 120mm's are in the front, in which they both BLOW AIR IN. The big 200mm is on top of the case, and there's another TriCool 120mm in the back of case (near the CPU); both of them BLOW AIR OUT. I also have another fan that seems to blowing air into the case on my Antec PSU.

How should I approach the push-pull method with the 2 GT AP-15 fans? I assume I will have to "sandwich" the radiator together with two of those fans (as seen here: http://blog.corsair.com/?p=987) as I will not be using the back TriCool nor the already-provided H50 fan. Which one should I replace? Which fan should be pull and which one should be push? From searching Antec 900 & H50 users, it seems there is a variety in the configuration of fans.

2) Also, are there other materials/hardware I would need to purchase or use to make this setup work? It seems like I may need a longer screw to attach the 2 fans + radiator?

Thanks!
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Looks like your ready to rock'n'roll smile.gif

You need to decide if your want the rad to receive cool air it or exhaust hot air from your case. That determines which way the fan will 'point'

Much controversy around this as some say one way is better than the other. Me, I have my rad as an intake, drawing cool air in. I find I get better CPU temps that way.

Do you have any room in your front bay? That would be an excellent place for it.

Is that 200mm exhausting air or intaking air?

If exhausting air, Alternatively, you could set it up where your rear exhaust fan is and have it intake from there.

Push/pull is the way to go. The rad will sit in the middle of the two fans. Just make sure the air flow is going in the right direction. There should be some arrows on the fan frame to indicate direction of air.

Use the GT APs for push and pull... they are an excellent fan for this.

You should have 4 long screws that came with the H50. Use 2 per side, in the diagonal. You should be able to mount it with little drama in that rear exhaust port. (see pics)

Hope this helps cheers.gif

See enclosed pic on how it should look. Dont panic, I have shrouds on that setup smile.gif
Edited by Sethy666 - 5/29/11 at 8:08pm
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I set mine up as intake. Right now I'm using the stock corsair fan and my exhaust Antec fan, even though these fans (atleast the antec) isn't ideal, I'm still getting temps below 65c on full load with my i7 950 at 4ghz running prime 95. This is in a hot house and antec 300 illusion case with all case fans on low.
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Alright guys. After much research and debate, I am ready to start.

I am going with an intake method of the push-pull, so it would look like this:

*Rear of case*Fan>>H50Radiator>>Fan*Front of case*

Basically the fans will be blowing the hot air from the radiator into the case. I may also use the TriCool fan (that I removed to install the radiator) and put it on the side of the case to do another "intake" of pulling of cold air.

However, before I can proceed, I am in need of your guys' help again. As I try to install the system, I have a few more questions:

1) Just noticed something on the TIM paste that comes from the H50 pump. It appears my paste's outer surface may be damaged/scratched. Not sure if this would be okay? I'm very meticulous when it comes to maximizing cooling capabilities, and it doesn't help that I am sort of a perfectionist. Would I need to remove this paste and re-apply (with my own) since there is a little un-even surface there? I have attached a picture depicting what I am talking about: http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/6727/67307046.jpg. I am unsure if this would affect overall cooling performance. It looks like the unevenness is on the outer circle, which means that it's not centered where the CPU cores are located. Do you think this would be ok?

2) Anyone know know which direction the AP-15 fans blow air in? I assume it is the side where there is no blockage (aka the front side), like as shown in this picture: http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/5730/gt14front.jpg. It seems like judging by the way the blades spin, this is the true direction in which the air is blown in. I know this may sound like a ridiculous question, because I wanted to make sure I am installing the push-pull correctly for the two fans to "sandwich" the radiator.

3) The H50 comes attached with 4 long screws, but they do not fit into the AP-15 fans. They fit perfectly into the radiator, though. How should I approach this push-pull method? Would I need to buy 4 DIFFERENT screws altogether? The AP-15's themselves come with larger (in terms of width) screws that are shorter (in length). Hence, if I were to try to get a long-enough screw that would thread to both the 2 fans and radiator, it would be impossible since the radiator and fan threads are all different. I have attached pics here: http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/7166/49351788.jpg. I have come up with different solutions of installing the screws. Please advise me which way is preferred:

a) Buy 4 different screws long enough to screw both the two fans and radiator at once? I doubt this would even work because even if I were able to put the screws into the radiator, the fan attaching to the rear of the case would not be screwed in properly.

b) Try to use a combo of the screws for attaching the radiator and two fans or a different combination of attaching different screws in various places? I am not sure how to proceed on this one because I am unsure if I need to screw in the radiator all the way or "just enough" so it gets sandwiched and stays (meaning, does the radiator vibrate? I do not want it to fall off due to improper screws).

c) Another way? confused.gif

Phew! Hope this makes some sense. I apologize for any confusion caused. I'll try to explain things clearer if it does not make sense.

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