I'm installing a Kraken x61 on my original HAF XB this weekend preparing for a long overdue overclock of my i5-3570k, but I have a long enough graphics card that mounting the 280mm radiator + fans is forcing me to get creative. I can't fit both the rad and the fans on the inside because of the card length (Gigabyte 980 TI G1). There's only room for the rad OR the fans. The other has to go in the bezel space.
I have 4-ish options, and I'd like opinions. I've underlined the negatives of each case, as I see them.
| GPU | |
| | | CPU |
| | | |
| GPU | |
| Inside |
|--------------Case------------C-| C= case 1 proposed cut for rad tubing
| Outside/Bezel Space |
1. I can mount the rad in the outside bezel space and fans on the inside, pushing heat out the front, but requiring a case cut
next to the front left fan mount to accommodate the tubing from the rad. 200mm CM MegaFlow on top pulling in air from the top.
2. Mount rad on the inside and fans on the outside in the bezel space, pushing heat in
. To mitigate/accommodate, I can mount the 200mm CM MegaFlow to vent up, though I would still be adding extra heat to my GPU
though I'm not seriously overclocking the GPU right now. Only considering seriously for the possibility to vent heat straight up rather than out into the warm room.
3. I can "stagger" the fans asymmetrically: mount the rad on the inside, the processor-side fan on the inside, but the GPU-side fan in the outside bezel space pulling over the rad rather than pushing. Probably not optimal for radiator function
. Possible mitigation by installing a third fan for push/pull on the processor side, where there is space.
N. Some other permutation of arrangement and airflow direction that's probably counter intuitive to the cooling objective
, just too inefficient for the energy expenditure
, or obviously recycling hot air
but hey, at least we can say we considered all options...
I'm guessing case 1 is my best plan, but I do wonder if case 2 with venting heat up through the 200mm fan would bring any serious gains worth considering, like bringing in cooler air near the floor and avoiding recycling rising warmed air. Case is sitting on the floor, typically.Edited by edgeofblade - 2/25/16 at 8:16am