Originally Posted by Fieldsweeper
I wouldn't be able to do that with my PS the AX1200i is a bit longer, ALSO I do not recommend a radiator placement their
Heat rises so going from bottom front to top back is the ideal flow of air.
bottom should be intake and top exhaust.
as the heat rising will help it move the air as well.
going against the thermal/fluid dynamics of AIR is detrimental to the cooling, perhaps 10 degrees perhaps only 2 but I am sure it will be noticeable.
not to mention you make the pump work harder, it has to pump the water thru the radiator AND then back up, the pump should pump upwards u- restricted, the less head height the pump has the better it will pump.
place a flow meter right after the radiator and you will see what I mean than if you had the pump pumping into the radiator first (at the top) and the water "falls" out of the radiator. being as the Radiator is the most restrictive piece. although there are some blocks that have some odd flow patterns lol
not to mention that the flow to the ground will make the flow restricted (air cooling flow) meaning the air will bottleneck at the ground.
now if you have it as an intake the cpu will be cold BUT you have all that heat rising through the case.
moral of the story:
mount radiator on the top inside or outside as an exhaust, OR on the back outside.
OR you can reverse the case flow and mount the rad on the drive bay where the stock fans where make it push- pull NAD put fans on the inside of the front panel.
intake thru sides and back and bottom, and out thru front (and radiator) and top. (for pos pressure)