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If I install an optical drive in the top bay of an M8 what size radiator can I use?

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I'm planning to purchase an M8 case but want to install an optical drive (Samsung Blu-ray) in the top bay on the motherboard side of the case.

If I do this can I install a double radiator in the roof of the case on the motherboard side or would this clash with the optical drive?

If any one has a photo that would help my planning that would be very much appreciated.

Thanks
James
post #2 of 8
Why not just put the blue ray in the bottom 5.25bay then you Dont have to worry about having to fit a smaller rad
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You can use a 240 rad of any thickness, for a 60mm 360 rad and fans the top two bays are unuseable
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Why not just put the blue ray in the bottom 5.25bay then you Dont have to worry about having to fit a smaller rad
Main reason being the case will be placed on the floor and having the Blu-ray drive in the bottom bay will be inconvenient. when inserting and removing discs.

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You can use a 240 rad of any thickness, for a 60mm 360 rad and fans the top two bays are unuseable
Thank you, that's very helpful information.

James
post #6 of 8
Considered an external drive over ESATA? It'd be just like any desktop appliance.

I daresay one such drive might even last longer since the flow of cooling air in a chassis often causes dust buildup on optics.

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With a device in the topmost bay, you would loose one position on the radiator (i.e. a 360 mount -> 240 rad). Of course, you could mount a 360 on top of the frame, but depending on how your airflow is set up, you could be blowing warmer air over the blu-ray. Would that be a problem? Probably not (depending on how warm it was), but it's something you should be aware of.
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With a device in the topmost bay, you would loose one position on the radiator (i.e. a 360 mount -> 240 rad). Of course, you could mount a 360 on top of the frame, but depending on how your airflow is set up, you could be blowing warmer air over the blu-ray. Would that be a problem? Probably not (depending on how warm it was), but it's something you should be aware of.
Thanks Jim,

A 240 rad on the motherboard side and 360 rad on the PSU side should work for me.

Thanks
James
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