Originally Posted by Jbear
I will be posting my Node 304 here as soon as my DOA motherboard is replaced. Until then I would like to ask for your advice on the following:Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Replacing case feet on Node 304?
As you know, the PSU's intake vent is positioned on the underside of the chassis. After inspecting the case IRL, I have the distinct feeling that the case leaves the PSU with insufficient room to draw in air from the outside. To overcome this, I have currently mounted the PSU upside-down, so that it draws in air from within the case and exhausts this out via the side. This however, upsets the positive pressure I am aiming for inside the case, to reduce dust buildup.
Increasing the height beneath the case should solve the potential choking issue with the PSU mounted fan-side down. I am looking to replace the standard rubber case feet with thicker rubber or aluminium feet .
Alternative HDD/SDD mounting in Node 304?
- Do you agree with my reasoning?
- Which case feet do you think will look and function best?
- Are there any pictures of how others have solved this?
I use a Silver Arrow on an Asrock Z87E-ITX, combined with a long graphics card. This means that none of the three HDD brackets will fit in the case if I mount both fans on the heatsink, with the case's exhaust fan installed at the rear. I was looking to install a 2.5inch SSD and 3.5inch HDD but have a problem now. I've seen pictures of SSDs being mounted with double-sided tape behind the front panel and I am looking for suggestions to mount the 3.5inch HDD somewhere.
Alternatively, mounting the PSU fan-side down will allow me to put the SSD and HDD side-by-side on top of the PSU using double-sided tape.
- Do you have any suggestions (and pics) for alternative SDD/HDD mounting positions, considering the aforementioned space limitations?
- Should I just leave 1 fan off the Silver Arrow, so I can use the stock mounting bracket? This is OCN, I'll assume we want maximum cooling potential at the cost of some modding. Relevant: I have a 4670k which I plan to overclock.
Thanks for your consideration.
I cant really comment on the psu/case feet, although I would think they would look pretty nice, and it couldn't hurt the air coming in. I know I haven't had any problems with my power supply lacking air though.
As for the hard drives + big heat sink, I do have some input for you.
for starters, you probably won't be able to use two fans in their original mounting positions on the silver arrow. Here is a picture of my node originally:
I was sure I was going to run three fans (the two for the phanteks, and the stock case fan on back) but there was no way I could get the fan on the front.
Its not too big of a deal, there is still a lot of air flow.
So as for mounting the hard drive on the psu, you can see how that was for me. it works pretty well, but you can see how much space it takes up on my power supply, and mind you that is a 165mm in length psu. its a big guy.
Still the biggest problem I found with putting it there is that it completely disrupts the flow of the air from the front of the case to the heat sink.
I actually ended up putting in one of the cages and hanging the drive out of the way so the air flow was not disrupted. it helped the temps out a bit, getting fresh air right to the phanteks.Edited by .theMetal - 7/9/13 at 9:41am