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Just wondering if there's a reason this wouldn't work.

I'm leaning towards getting an h60 water cpu cooler and either an antec 902 or CM HAF 922 case.

Corsair recommends using the rear fan of the case but reversing it to draw cool air back there into the case through the radiator. I'm not a huge fan of this idea because it disrupts the direction of the airflow, you don't get the front to back cycle that way. Also, some of the air it's sucking in would be GPU exhaust air thrown out the back, so not ideally cool.

So I was thinking.... could you mount a side intake fan and stick the radiator on that? It'd be getting the cool side air, and you could still keep your rear fan blowing out keeping the front to rear/top airflow going. It seems like the radiator would reach the side fan panel just fine. Is there some reason this wouldn't work, or is this a good idea?
    
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Why don't you try it?
Its good to try and then measure temps you are getting. Its great if you can mount it on front side.
Also, I don't think that you will see some big temps increases even its exhaust or intake.
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in theory sounds good, practical bad idea.

if u mount the rad on the side, how are u going to be sure that the pipe is long enough to allow close/open the side case?
Edited by digitally - 6/8/11 at 1:43am
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I haven't actually bought the system yet or I'd try it. Whether it would work or not plays a role in what I buy - you can buy a 200mm side fan for the HAF 922 or 2x120 fans, and I'd go with the 200mm if I couldn't do this. So I thought I'd run it by people who may know if there's a practical problem like if the radiator tubes wouldn't reach that far on that config or something.
    
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Originally Posted by SenorBeef;13794856 
I haven't actually bought the system yet or I'd try it. Whether it would work or not plays a role in what I buy - you can buy a 200mm side fan for the HAF 922 or 2x120 fans, and I'd go with the 200mm if I couldn't do this. So I thought I'd run it by people who may know if there's a practical problem like if the radiator tubes wouldn't reach that far on that config or something.

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thats the h50 rad ghetto'ed to the front. i tried mounting to the rear with the ultra kaze fans however the pump is too big. i won't see a problem if u use h60.
Edited by digitally - 6/8/11 at 2:03am
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I'm confused about what's going on in that pic. Is your radiator just dumping hot air under your optical drive?

It wouldn't fit on the rear fan because it would've bumped into the cpu block itself? Looks to me like you'd have clearance.
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in theory sounds good, practical bad idea.

if u mount the rad on the side, how are u going to be sure that the pipe is long enough to allow close/open the side case?

Good point, I thought I might be missing something obvious. Damn, I thought I had a clever idea for a minute.
Edited by SenorBeef - 6/8/11 at 2:16am
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SenorBeef;13794952 
I'm confused about what's going on in that pic. Is your radiator just dumping hot air under your optical drive?

It wouldn't fit on the rear fan because it would've bumped into the cpu block itself? Looks to me like you'd have clearance.

ultrakaze|shroud|rad|shroud|deltaQFB <-- too long lol, the delta fan is hiding behind.

if u can see carefully the rad is taking up 3 drives bay. the optical drive is at the bottom. so there is some spacing between the rad and the drive.
Edited by digitally - 6/8/11 at 2:15am
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That QFB is going to kill your UK3K.
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i mounted mine (H50) like corsair said in the rear, and my side fan pulling air out of the case. i get good temps. i forgot how i mounted the front fan tho...
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ultrakaze|shroud|rad|shroud|deltaQFB <-- too long lol, the delta fan is hiding behind.

if u can see carefully the rad is taking up 3 drives bay. the optical drive is at the bottom. so there is some spacing between the rad and the drive.

Lol, what temps do you get on full load.

Also to OP, no it wont suck optic drive heat as its not "hot?"
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