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What about mounting the rad up front instead.
    
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front mount would probably means drive cages would have to go but it did bring up a point

why not install the rad on top externally or have the fans ontop externally, i'm sure a case like that would have some sort of tube holes for external mounts

just get some fan/rad guards to protect the rad/fans
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front mount would probably means drive cages would have to go but it did bring up a point

why not install the rad on top externally or have the fans ontop externally, i'm sure a case like that would have some sort of tube holes for external mounts

just get some fan/rad guards to protect the rad/fans

It does have tube holes for external mounts. I suppose that could be a viable option and could turn out nicely, but I went with the microATX form factor for reasons and one of those reasons was portability. I'm often taking my computer to friends places/etc to play games and with an external mount it would be troublesome. I could put the fans on top though, if I did do that would I have them pulling the air out or pushing air in for best temps?

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What about mounting the rad up front instead.

Mounting it in the front would definitely require removing the HDD cage and maybe the SSD cage, both of which I'm using.
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It does have tube holes for external mounts. I suppose that could be a viable option and could turn out nicely, but I went with the microATX form factor for reasons and one of those reasons was portability. I'm often taking my computer to friends places/etc to play games and with an external mount it would be troublesome. I could put the fans on top though, if I did do that would I have them pulling the air out or pushing air in for best temps?
I suggest trying both and see which works best for you. wink.gif
Intake will probably give cooler CPU but GPU and other components would be warmer.
Exhaust will give warmer CPU but GPU and other components will be cooler.
Possible problem may be sealing fans and radiator so all air is moving through radiator and none is leaking between the fan/case/radiator seams.
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It does have tube holes for external mounts. I suppose that could be a viable option and could turn out nicely, but I went with the microATX form factor for reasons and one of those reasons was portability. I'm often taking my computer to friends places/etc to play games and with an external mount it would be troublesome. I could put the fans on top though, if I did do that would I have them pulling the air out or pushing air in for best temps?

you can try both methods but the key is in balancing air flow and IMO if you have adequate front intake i'd go with pull in your situation. you will indeed lose some performance but a 240mm rad for just a CPU is plenty anyway and you should have a fair amount of overhead left over for some inefficiency.

you really shouldnt cook the GPU for the sake of slightly better CPU temps and having a proper flow direction matters

then again IMO there is little difference in terms of portability whether the rad is externally mounted or internally mounted as long as they are both mounted flat to the case infact mounting the rad externally would have more merit in terms of having push configuration to rad yet at the same time maintain the right air flow direction and you could even have it in push pull for some added performance but it is highly prefered that you install a rad/fan guard to protect the rad any external harm
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