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Brilliant, thanks for the advice! I've settled on that case now -- it obviously has way more hard drive and backplane slots than I'll probably ever need but I love the look of it and it's pretty cheap for a full aluminium case.

I'll see what the stock fans are like at the front. I have four spare Gentle Typhoons to locate around the case if necessary, so I was going to either replace the front fans with three of them or leave the front fans in and tie a few of the GTs to the back of the hard drive cage. This will depend on the amount of noise generated and the airflow of the stock Lian Li fans (I've seen conflicting reports depending on what model fan is included). I'll try it with the hard drive cages left as they are to start with and see how it goes -- as you say, they look pretty well aerated.

I'll take your advice and try without the rear fan to start with and just remount the fan grill. I've also managed to track down a 140mm Lian Li mesh grill for one of the side holes so I'll try an exhausting fan opposite the video cards to see if that makes a difference (since I think the Windforce cards mainly exhaust outwards).

I'm also planning to put a GT as an intake on the top in front of the CPU heatsink, similar to that CM 690 II diagram.

Will be a few more weeks before I can get it all set up but I'll try to take some pics and do some temperature tests when I do so others with similar cases might have a better idea about the best fan configuration.

Thanks again!
post #1632 of 2110
so it is a good idea to put maybe one fan in the top of my case as an intake? my case has space for 2 top fans one in front of cpu and one directly over it. didnt know if that was actually useful since im not doing an heavy overclock. i am planning on getting a twin pack of the corsair sp120 soon to replace the stock CM 212 fan and my case's stock rear fan. didnt know if i should move the stock case fan or just not put it back in after replacing it
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OP has to test various configurations to see what works best. In a case this size you can't get away with a forward top intake and a blocked rear top fan position. With high ceiling cases you use two top fans, either both intake or both exhaust. It is also my preference to remove the backplane slot covers and use a side panel intake fan.

 

In the end, OP must experiment on his system and find out what cools best:

 

1. Top intake, side intake.

2. Top exhaust, side intake.

3. Top intake, side exhaust.

4. Top exhaust, side exhaust.

 

With three 140mm front intakes you will have a lot of air coming in. Lian Li uses excellent fan filters.

 

Have fun with it. You will certainly never run out of new things to try in a case like that.

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post #1634 of 2110
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Sorry I've been away for a few days. I have to chuckle because you have essentially replicated the setup in my own case. It sounds as if you have removed your rear grill -- excellent! Removing the slot covers, your 690-II should give you quiet cooling.

Thanks! At least my nasty paint skills gave you a laugh or two tongue.gif
I think it'll work great, my case is already dead silent as is, even with the weak CM 120mm stock fan in the 5.25" filtered intake (I use custom AC filters, great quality low restriction)
Can't wait for the mail guy to stop by. I'm waiting for my Ty140's (ordered two of them), my gtx-670 ftw and my Shimian qh270 lite.
Should be an exciting week, this and maybe the next one too.
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i think ehume has suggested everything else lol, i would like to comment that adding a bottom intake hasn't really affected my performance at all tbh, unless you had a rad there i don't think it makes too much of a difference
   
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i think ehume has suggested everything else lol, i would like to comment that adding a bottom intake hasn't really affected my performance at all tbh, unless you had a rad there i don't think it makes too much of a difference


I concur.

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How about the top fan on my Lian Li PC-V600FX? It has 2x 120mm fans in front as intakes and 1x 140mm fan on top as an exhaust?
No rear fan or opening?

Think the 2x 120mm fans are good enough to still keep a positive pressure on the top exhaust?
Or maybe I could use the Corsair Air series SP120's (quiet) as front intakes.

I don't feel like cutting a rear fan hole and I'm unsure how much dust would enter from a top intake even with positive pressure.

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How about the top fan on my Lian Li PC-V600FX? It has 2x 120mm fans in front as intakes and 1x 140mm fan on top as an exhaust?
No rear fan or opening?

Think the 2x 120mm fans are good enough to still keep a positive pressure on the top exhaust?
Or maybe I could use the Corsair Air series SP120's (quiet) as front intakes.

I don't feel like cutting a rear fan hole and I'm unsure how much dust would enter from a top intake even with positive pressure.

Regards,
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I'd let it be.

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post #1639 of 2110
Thought it was worth mentioning the Zalman Z11.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811235034

A single 140mm intake at the front but it has five 5.25inch bays so you can fit in another 140mm fan and an optical drive or some other 5.25 inch bay device. If you really feel the need, there are two 80mm side intakes to add more air into the wind tunnel created by the front fan (fans if you install a 140mm in the 5.25 inch bays). It can fit two 140mm top fans. I believe the top fan mount closer to the front blows right over the RAM so it won't blow right into your heatsink. smile.gif
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Found another case; the Lian Li PC-7H.

http://lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=631&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=62
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112389

Looks like Lian-Li's version of the Fractal Design Arc Midi (except with 3 x 5.25 inch bays). Has two 140mm front fan mounts, what seems like two 140mm top fan mounts, and a removable fan grill in the back. smile.gif Price is around $20 more than the Fractal Design Arc Midi when both are not on sale.
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