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post #361 of 1963
the label on my AX860 also faces the correct way up when flipped around and mounted fan side down.
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post #362 of 1963
well dam, my corsair ax1200 doesnt frown.gif
post #363 of 1963
thats not right are you sure about that did you reverse atx the case and the psu is upside down no mater what but if you didnt just make a custom sticker and slap that baby on
 
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post #364 of 1963
Quick question with this, would I be better off putting a 240 rad in the bottom as intake or exhaust?

At the moment I have front in, 360 rad in top as pull, back exhaust and side exhaust
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Quick question with this, would I be better off putting a 240 rad in the bottom as intake or exhaust?

At the moment I have front in, 360 rad in top as pull, back exhaust and side exhaust

Intake. Anytime you can intake into a radiator is best.
post #366 of 1963
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Ok Phantom 820 club I have a conundrum.

I've decided to mod my Phantom to have an inverted motherboard tray like the Murderbox builds. So I'm planning to compartmentalize the Phantom with radiators mounted vertically in the bottom of the case beneath a midplate but I'm having a tough time deciding on radiators to use.

My goal is to get the best cooling potential at the lowest noise level. The bottom "compartment" I'm working with is roughly 525mm long, 150mm tall and 219mm deep. This compartment will house the two radiators, power supply and pump for the build. I currently have an XSPC EX420 radiator that I planned to use in the roof before I had this little idea, and if I use it in the bottom compartment I'll pair it with an EX140 and use Cougar 140mm fans on both. My conundrum arises from the fact that while I was measuring the bottom of the case I realized that there might be room for an EK 480mm XT radiator, and as it turns out there just barely is. If I use 120mm radiators (I'll pair the 480 with a 120) I'll pair them up with some Corsair SP120 fans I purchased previously.

Obviously we're talking about two different thicknesses of radiators, 36 vs 46, and more surface area, 560 vs 600, but the problem I have is that I already own the 420mm radiator and 5 Cougar fans, I could use them in a different build but I've already got 3 other radiators not including the 420mm that have been used in various versions of the build (primarily when it was in the original Phantom), so I'm building a small collection at this point. In addition the Corsair fans will need to be run at a higher RPM and be louder to move air through the Coolstreams right? That goes against my goal of a quiet, powerful PC.

Despite this I'll be cooling an i7-3820 and a GTX690, with the possibility of a second 690 somewhere down the road so I can't help but think that the thicker, longer EK radiators will serve better. And the 420mm radiator was a gift so the only wasted cost will be on the Cougar fans. But I'll be buying two new radiators instead of one and two more fans instead of zero.

I get that this is a largely subjective question but: thoughts on what I should do? I'm wrestling back and forth with myself. thinking.gif

Edit: I fleshed out my post more but it may have entered "TLDR" territory. I hope the length doesn't scare folks off!

Anyone have any thoughts on this?
post #367 of 1963
I see the Corsair 900d is almost out unless you like the look of the 820 more seems alot of work when I think the 900d has support already for x2 480 rad + a 360 and yes top bottom and front mount it is nicknamed godzilla

Originally Posted by Kranik

Ok Phantom 820 club I have a conundrum.

I've decided to mod my Phantom to have an inverted motherboard tray like the Murderbox builds. So I'm planning to compartmentalize the Phantom with radiators mounted vertically in the bottom of the case beneath a midplate but I'm having a tough time deciding on radiators to use.

My goal is to get the best cooling potential at the lowest noise level. The bottom "compartment" I'm working with is roughly 525mm long, 150mm tall and 219mm deep. This compartment will house the two radiators, power supply and pump for the build. I currently have an XSPC EX420 radiator that I planned to use in the roof before I had this little idea, and if I use it in the bottom compartment I'll pair it with an EX140 and use Cougar 140mm fans on both. My conundrum arises from the fact that while I was measuring the bottom of the case I realized that there might be room for an EK 480mm XT radiator, and as it turns out there just barely is. If I use 120mm radiators (I'll pair the 480 with a 120) I'll pair them up with some Corsair SP120 fans I purchased previously.

Obviously we're talking about two different thicknesses of radiators, 36 vs 46, and more surface area, 560 vs 600, but the problem I have is that I already own the 420mm radiator and 5 Cougar fans, I could use them in a different build but I've already got 3 other radiators not including the 420mm that have been used in various versions of the build (primarily when it was in the original Phantom), so I'm building a small collection at this point. In addition the Corsair fans will need to be run at a higher RPM and be louder to move air through the Coolstreams right? That goes against my goal of a quiet, powerful PC.

Despite this I'll be cooling an i7-3820 and a GTX690, with the possibility of a second 690 somewhere down the road so I can't help but think that the thicker, longer EK radiators will serve better. And the 420mm radiator was a gift so the only wasted cost will be on the Cougar fans. But I'll be buying two new radiators instead of one and two more fans instead of zero.

I get that this is a largely subjective question but: thoughts on what I should do? I'm wrestling back and forth with myself.

Edit: I fleshed out my post more but it may have entered "TLDR" territory. I hope the length doesn't scare folks off!
Edited by feznz - 2/11/13 at 11:02pm
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post #368 of 1963
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well dam, my corsair ax1200 doesnt frown.gif



I just pulled this pic off the web... but it looks to me that if you own an AX1200 without a reversed label on that side then it was just a manufacturing error. That really sucks.

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Anyone have any thoughts on this?

I wouldn't want you to feel ignored, but given the small sample pool of owners here at this point in time, there may not be many qualified to give you a worthy opinion on your project. For myself, it's a bit over my head. Hopefully someone pitches in with some input you can use.
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I just pulled this pic off the web... but it looks to me that if you own an AX1200 without a reversed label on that side then it was just a manufacturing error. That really sucks.
I wouldn't want you to feel ignored, but given the small sample pool of owners here at this point in time, there may not be many qualified to give you a worthy opinion on your project. For myself, it's a bit over my head. Hopefully someone pitches in with some input you can use.

I was afraid of that really, I guess I'll be the first to try it! I appreciate the reply at least! thumb.gif

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I see the Corsair 900d is almost out unless you like the look of the 820 more seems alot of work when I think the 900d has support already for x2 480 rad + a 360 and yes top bottom and front mount it is nicknamed godzilla

Well, I've already got the Phantom 820, and it was quite a bit cheaper than the 900D will be. Besides, I enjoy the appearance of the Phantom 820; it's unique, and eye-catching without being gaudy or massive and it appears to have plenty of modding potential. Someday I'll jump to a case like the 900D or a Case Labs offering and that'll be fun too, but for now I like my 820. thumb.gif
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I was afraid of that really, I guess I'll be the first to try it! I appreciate the reply at least! thumb.gif
Well, I've already got the Phantom 820, and it was quite a bit cheaper than the 900D will be. Besides, I enjoy the appearance of the Phantom 820; it's unique, and eye-catching without being gaudy or massive and it appears to have plenty of modding potential. Someday I'll jump to a case like the 900D or a Case Labs offering and that'll be fun too, but for now I like my 820. thumb.gif

without being massive biggrin.gif the 820 it's not exacty small

I guessed as much Good luck with your build I am the same use what you have already have hope you can post some pics soon to give the rest of us ideas thumb.gif
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x 2 120 dual rads
x 1 180 dual rad
x 2 xspc raystorm gpu block (not full cover as msi lightings have separate mosfet and ram coolers)
x1 xspc raystorm cpu block
x1 mcp655 swiftech variable speed pump
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Masterkleer PVC Tubing 1/2" ID / 3/4" OD
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