Originally Posted by frannyvox
This. Good idea lol. I am having a similar problem with my graphics card cooler now that I want to buy a new case. I am looking to get the Silverstone Raven 02 Black Evolution, but I have a ASUS Direct CU2 Cooler on my card, which exhausts 2/3 of the air back into the case and 1/3 that actually exhausts to the back. So basically, the hot air will exhaust from my card, then the Air Penetrator fans will blow the hot air back upwards to be taken into the GPU and CPU cooler. I don't know what I can do with the card cooler in a case that has the motherboard angled at 90-degrees.
I totally understand the thermal challenge of putting a card with internal-heat-dump design (eg DirectCU II) in a case like the Raven series. See my assessment in post #7 here:
But this problem can be solved decently for a single graphics card setup. Read through the above thread carefully. Note my solution described in post #11 (and #13) regarding the fan extractor
As you do not have other cards (dedicated Physx card or sound card), you just ignore that part of the solution described in the thread above.
For a single HD6870 Direct CU, you place it in the 2nd (blue) PCIex16 slot of your motherboard MSI 890GXM-G65. And place the Deep Cool XFan 5
to the 1st expansion slot (ie topmost slot). Remember to use the 'elbow' (stiff paper or plastic).
However, I see you indicate in your sig rig that you plan to get a 2nd HD6870 to do CF. For such dual-card setup, I have to suggest you to choose another case (eg HAF 932).
And, an apology to OP for getting OT.
If you wish to continue, start your own thread to explore this matter further.