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Well lets think about this for a sec. Heat rises yes? But we have fans, blowing air accross the mobo and such in a case. The air moving across in the case is mocving much faster than the heat is rising in the case. So the fans greatly over power the natural covection of heat. Thus the smaller case with higher flow rates would be better than a big one with less air flow. Though dont make it so small that everything is packed in it, then the air will be blocked by too much and wont flow as much air, thus causing higher temps.
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post #22 of 27
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If I am to lay the motherboard horizontal, the case fans will have to go a bit differently.

Keep in mind, each diagram is a bird eye view. The dashes are to try and keep the letters in line.

(B = Back of motherboard, IO ports etc., M = Motherboard laying horizontal, F = Fan, P = Power Supply, H = Hard Drives, O = Optical Drives)



---F
B-M
---F



Though, it will be much easier to have the power supply as such (below) and run the wires (from the power supply) through that particular side of the motherboard as it will easily reach the places they need to go. The problem with this is, that the power supply is now in the way of a fan.

---P
B-M
---F



So, it would be better to have the power supply in front, with the hard drives and optical drives placed on the top, but at the rear of the motherboard box and possibly sitting on the power supply or the box that the power supply may be in.

---F
B-M-P
---F



Then the final complication, don't I want the back of the motherboard to face away from me? But now I have a power supply with a power cord coming out at the front! It is hideous!!! Well, my answer to that is to have the side or back of the setup facing towards myself (where I am sitting, etc.) With the back facing towards me, the benefit is that I have easy access to the ports, but the downside is I still have cables and stuff that look nasty coming out of it (but better than a huge power cord in my opinion.) The side would be the prettiest, but would be bland in my opinion. The optical drives and hard drive boxes (of identical size, theoretically) would of course be facing myself at all times.

I'll see what I can do

EDIT:

New thoughts; birds eye view as usual, with this key: B = Back of motherboard, M = Motherboard (Laying Horizontal), F = Fan, P = Power Supply, H = Hard Drives, O = Optical Drives, N = Monitor, and D = Dockery (as in, where I am sitting.)

---F
P-M-B
---F----N
--------D

Now to illustrate where the hard drive box and optical drive box will be (remember, the fans are still in the same position, I just don't have room to add them in this "drawing." Now imagine all the M's constitute one motherboard.

P-MMM
H-MMM-B
O-MMM

Ahh... it's all planned out
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post #23 of 27
If this is the case..i would suggest just leaving the whole rig uncased. The ghetto way..
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If this is the case..i would suggest just leaving the whole rig uncased. The ghetto way..
I want to do that, but I have 3 cats that live inside (and one cat that ventures inside sometimes) along with a Great Dane.

It just won't work unless there is something protecting
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Good point. I am actually starting to think about doing my main rig this way; having the motherboard laying flat, a Big Typhoon VX pointing upwards, and a hole especially cut out for the air to exit (and if it isn't tall enough, just throw in a duct) and an intake fan in the front, and exhaust in the rear...

External power supply running into the box (with special holes cut out, and sealed air tight) and some hard drives in another little cardboard box, and yet another cardboard box for the optical drives.

Ahh... I could stack them like legos!
I would suggest using something of shoebox size with a smaller motherboard. You should have the VX fan go straight to the outside air instead of to another fan. You then could put one slow moving 120mm in the front, and let your PSU (and the BT) take all the air out.
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I would suggest using something of shoebox size with a smaller motherboard. You should have the VX fan go straight to the outside air instead of to another fan. You then could put one slow moving 120mm in the front, and let your PSU (and the BT) take all the air out.
Exactly what I was thinking
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Exactly what I was thinking
Go do it and make a work log so we can see!
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