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Can you guys help me decide how I should orient my fans? The following picture shows my current airflow but my video card gets really hot. I'm thinking of flipping my top two fans to blow air in. What do you guys think?

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I don't think you'll see much benefit from reversing the top fans - you're already running more intake than outake, so the pressure should be keeping dust out (unless you're got higher powered exhaust fans). If you had radiators on the top, it might be worth it so that you're pulling cold air through the radiator, but that would be the only reason I can think of.

If it's not too much of a hastle, just try it out and see if your temps change smile.gif
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crank up the gpu fan to 100%. The other solution is custom water loop for the cpu and gpu....I don't think re-routing air will give you better temp on the gpu...
    
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I don't think you'll see much benefit from reversing the top fans - you're already running more intake than outake, so the pressure should be keeping dust out (unless you're got higher powered exhaust fans). If you had radiators on the top, it might be worth it so that you're pulling cold air through the radiator, but that would be the only reason I can think of.

If it's not too much of a hastle, just try it out and see if your temps change smile.gif

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crank up the gpu fan to 100%. The other solution is custom water loop for the cpu and gpu....I don't think re-routing air will give you better temp on the gpu...

Yeah, I didn't think it would make much of a difference either. I guess I will just leave it alone. I would love to get a custom loop but I just don't have the funds.
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Hey! Maybe you guys can help me come up with some parts for a custom loop so I know how much I need to save. The loop would consist of a CPU block, GPU block, 2 x 360 radiators or (1 x 360 & 1 x 480). You guys think I can fit a 480 on bottom and a 360 on the front?

edit: Oh and I would love a 250mm res on a stand.
Edited by Ragsters - 5/27/13 at 10:27am
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Hey! Maybe you guys can help me come up with some parts for a custom loop so I know how much I need to save. The loop would consist of a CPU block, GPU block, 2 x 360 radiators or (1 x 360 & 1 x 480). You guys think I can fit a 480 on bottom and a 360 on the front?

480 and 360 will fit on sm8 case. Put the psu on the bottom, it's much more easier to work with the rad on top....you will lose the cd-rom tho..just do external one...
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480 and 360 will fit on sm8 case. Put the psu on the bottom, it's much more easier to work with the rad on top....you will lose the cd-rom tho..just do external one...

I know it is possible on a SM8 but I want to know if I could do it on my current set up. I love the reverse orientation but I don't like the look of the PSU directly under the motherboard.
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Soundblaster Omni 5.1 Sennheiser HD 598 kanto Yu2 Desktop Speakers (Gloss White) Kanto Sub 6 (Gloss White) 
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AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H Asus GTX 660 Ti Corsair Vengeance Pro 
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PNY SSD CS1311  Samsung SSD 830  Samsung Spinpoit F3 Corsair H50 
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Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Samsung SyncMaster 220wm Coolermaster Quickfire Rapid Antec Neo Eco 520C 
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Silverstone FT03B Zowie Mico Steelseries QcK Logitech LS21 2.1 Stereo Speakers 
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Corsair Dominator-GT 16GB (4x4GB) SanDisk Extreme Pro Western Digital Black 640GB Bitspower Acrylic DDC Pump Top 
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EK-FB KIT ASUS M5F Nickel Motherboard Block Swiftech MCP35X DDC Pump - White Top XSPC AX360 Triple 120mm Radiator - White XSPC AX480 Quad 120mm Radiator - White 
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EK-Ram Monarch X4 CSQ - (EN) Nickel Plexi EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ - Nickel Plexi Bitspower Silver Shining Fittings 7 x Scythe Gentle Typhoons D1225C12B4AP-15  
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Windows 7 64bit Home Premium Upgrade Achieva Shimian Lite "Perfect Pixels" Das Keyboard Model S Professional Seasonic X650 (Custom MDPC Sleeve) 
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CaseLabs Merlin SM8 (All White) Mionix Avior 7000 SteelSeries QCK Mini Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 
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Sennheiser 598 Creative Soundblaster Z NZXT LED Kit - 2 Meter - White (CB-LED20-WH) 
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Western Digital Black SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 500GB NVMe Corsair H75  NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM  
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NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM  Windows 10 BenQ 32" IPS 4K (BL3201PH) Vortex Poker 3 (White with White LED) 
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Corsair SF600w Ncase M1 V5 (Silver) Logitech G102 Prodigy (Matte White) Glorious PC Gaming Race XXL Extended 
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Soundblaster Omni 5.1 Sennheiser HD 598 kanto Yu2 Desktop Speakers (Gloss White) Kanto Sub 6 (Gloss White) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H Asus GTX 660 Ti Corsair Vengeance Pro 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
PNY SSD CS1311  Samsung SSD 830  Samsung Spinpoit F3 Corsair H50 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Samsung SyncMaster 220wm Coolermaster Quickfire Rapid Antec Neo Eco 520C 
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Silverstone FT03B Zowie Mico Steelseries QcK Logitech LS21 2.1 Stereo Speakers 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-3770K Asus Maximus V Formula VisionTek Reference 7970 Diamond Reference 7970 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Corsair Dominator-GT 16GB (4x4GB) SanDisk Extreme Pro Western Digital Black 640GB Bitspower Acrylic DDC Pump Top 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bitspower DDC Top Upgrade Kit Bitspower DDC / MCP35x Pump Heatsink - White (B... 2 X EK-FC7970 Nickel CSQ GPU Block 2 X EK-FC7970 Backplate - Black CSQ 
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EK-FB KIT ASUS M5F Nickel Motherboard Block Swiftech MCP35X DDC Pump - White Top XSPC AX360 Triple 120mm Radiator - White XSPC AX480 Quad 120mm Radiator - White 
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EK-Ram Monarch X4 CSQ - (EN) Nickel Plexi EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ - Nickel Plexi Bitspower Silver Shining Fittings 7 x Scythe Gentle Typhoons D1225C12B4AP-15  
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64bit Home Premium Upgrade Achieva Shimian Lite "Perfect Pixels" Das Keyboard Model S Professional Seasonic X650 (Custom MDPC Sleeve) 
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CaseLabs Merlin SM8 (All White) Mionix Avior 7000 SteelSeries QCK Mini Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 
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this setup has done me well in terms of flow and dust prevention. Some watercooling in there as well I think guiltysmiley.gif

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BenQ BL2711U MiniVan | HHKB | Novatouch Corsair SF600 NCase M1 (V5) 
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Samsung 840 Pro Toshiba OCZ RD400 M.2 Toshiba OCZ VX500 Western Digital Black 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
Panasonic UJ-265 Noctua NH-L9x65 Arch Linux Windows 10 
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BenQ BL2711U MiniVan | HHKB | Novatouch Corsair SF600 NCase M1 (V5) 
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Zowie EC1-A Steelseries DEX Sennheiser PC360 Philips Fidelio X2 
Other
Microsoft Xbox One Controller 
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AMD A-series A4-3400 Gigabyte GA-A75N-USB3 Gigabyte Radeon HD6450 Kingston HyperX 
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