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Is there an easy way to install top mounted radiator fans in a corsair 700d case? I had to guess last time and using help to hold the rad and fans in place whilst I screwed them in from the top of the case. It was a right nightmare and took ages, and worst of all my fans rattle like hell now. Ive got some silicon washers ready to install now, just wondering if theres an easier way to get it all installed?
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Screw two corners of each fan in with regular fan screws, then screw the rad in whilst the fans are held in place!

It took me multiple re-installs of 420 radiators in the Xigmatek Elysium before I figured that!
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a second set of hands, makes everything better, also if you have a few toothpicks, you can stick them through the holes to line everything up before you stick the screws in
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put the fans on the radiator first and then put the radiator in the case. With a magnetic screw driver I've never had a use for a second set hands.

In these top mounts I typically put the fan on top of the radiator since it makes for easier cleaning with a vacuum (rad's fins are exposed) and then the radiator is slightly lower making a 5.25 bay reservoir have less air issues.
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Originally Posted by McMogg View Post

Screw two corners of each fan in with regular fan screws, then screw the rad in whilst the fans are held in place!

It took me multiple re-installs of 420 radiators in the Xigmatek Elysium before I figured that!

Not sure I follow what you mean:

my case looks like this:



I installed the bottom 3 fan on the radiator just fine, but when I went to install the top 3 fans I had to put them on top of the radiator, then put screws in from the top and try align them up. It took me like 20 attempts to align the fans correctly so that it could look like this:



I was hoping there was some way I could install the top fans easier. I have 48 silicon washers that look like this to install to hopefully make the fans vibrate less. I do have some of these on order but they havent arrived yet
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Oh you're push/pulling

Then I'd still put the fans on first, but on the top side you use short screws so they only go through one side of the fan and into the radiator(use a small screw driver to tighten them). Then you use case fan screws connect the other side of the fan to the case and hold it all in there.
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Oh you're push/pulling

Then I'd still put the fans on first, but on the top side you use short screws so they only go through one side of the fan and into the radiator(use a small screw driver to tighten them). Then you use case fan screws connect the other side of the fan to the case and hold it all in there.

You could mount them like that if you have short screws and if your fans have open sides instead of tunnels for the screws like some fans have.

I think the EK rads now come with a set of 30mm for one side and a set of 35mm for the other. Attach the fans to the bottom side of the rad first with the 30mm screws. You might be able to use the 35mm screws for the top if you use washers, but it would be close, and you sure don't want to risk puncturing your rad. Personally I would just buy some more 30mm M3 screws for the top.

After putting on the bottom fans, I'd set the rad on a table and line the fans up for the top and hand thread at least 2 screws per fan just a tiny bit (just a couple turns each - don't try to screw them down all the way) just to make sure the fans are lined up right on the rad, and then secure all of the fans on what will be the front side of the rad - the side you can see once installed - with a strip of painter's tape (the blue stuff that will remove easily without leaving a residue). Remove the screws you had hand tightened, put one of them through one of the end the mounting holes in the top of the case and keep a couple of the others within reach, then lift the rad up into position making sure that screw you had put through the case makes it into the appropriate fan hole so you can get it down into the rad and get a few turns on it. Then go to the opposing other end of the rad and drop a screw down in the appropriate fan hole and get a couple turns on it. After that it should be easy-peasy. Just don't tighten any of the screws up all the way until you have them all started in the rad threads.
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