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post #1 of 12
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So I've been looking for ways to improve my water cooling loop.. I want to add another 240 rad, but I hate the look of hanging them off the back, so here's what I'm thinking,

on the top of my case

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Rad
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fans running as intake, and with the top of the case being in the middle,
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^awesomely drawn

is there any reason I shouldnt do this?, it seems like it would look cool, and also be far more effective
post #2 of 12
For just the CPU? Why not put a 120 on the back?

You can stack radiators but there is a trade off since you're blowing warmed air through the second one, and your fans need to be up to the task. For that setup to work you would probably need fans in the middle as well.
post #3 of 12
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For just the CPU? Why not put a 120 on the back?
You can stack radiators but there is a trade off since you're blowing warmed air through the second one, and your fans need to be up to the task. For that setup to work you would probably need fans in the middle as well.

the only reason my video card isnt in the loop is because I can't find a full coverage water block for it lol
Also I plan on getting an 8170, or waiting for piledriver, and they run a bit hotter than the phenom


That picture isn't completely accurate, my current setup has the fans on top of the rad as intake.. Would that be enough to push air through the bottom? i could go push- push/pull - pull if i had to lol
post #4 of 12
How about removing that HDD tray and putting the additionnal 240 rad at the bottom, in front of the PSU?
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post #5 of 12
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How about removing that HDD tray and putting the additionnal 240 rad at the bottom, in front of the PSU?

I thought about doing it that way, but theres nowhere else I could mount my hard drives.... =\

Also I've never tried case modding before, and that seems like an extreme starting point lol
post #6 of 12
If you are using low FPI rads it could work fine. What radiator do you have already?
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If you are using low FPI rads it could work fine. What radiator do you have already?

I have the xspc rs 240, If I do this, I'll be putting an ex240 on top
post #8 of 12
at the risk of pointing out the obvious you'd be blowing heated air through the second rad.. while it wont be terribly hot from passing the first rad its still much less efficient than it would be coming from a neutral source (not to mention due to the huge pressure wall loud as hell). IMO cut off the top, throw out the 240 and replace with 140x420mm rad
post #9 of 12

I would suggest investigating the possibility to mount a 240 rad to the side panel.

 

The Dragon Rider is fairly wide (239mm) and so it is possible that a (thin) rad with one fan (either push or pull) mounted on the side panel does not come into contact with other components inside the case.

 

The most likely component having physical conflict is the graphics card.  However, as there are 2 columns by 3 rows of 120mm fan openings, you might fine a feasible position (likely to be the top row as shown by the green rectangle in the pic below.  The bottom row is also likely possible).

 

inwin dragon rider.jpg

 

If this option is used, I also suggest using Koolance Quick Disconnects (no spill shutoff nozzle) so that if you have to remove the side panel far away, it can be easily done.

post #10 of 12
^ You might want to think about the option that windfire mentioned. I'm looking right now at my case and you can def fit a rad on the door.
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