Originally Posted by Dao Jones
I'm about to put together my new ITX build today, and I had a quick question for you more experienced gurus:Should I face my PSU fan up (pulling air from beneath the mobo and venting out), or down (pulling air from outside the case and venting out)?
Reason I ask is that I'm using an M.2 SSD for my only hard drive (a Samsung SM951 @512GB), and I've heard that they can get a little warm during operation, and I'm concerned that there's not a lot of airflow going under the mobo for cooling of that area. (I'll have the 200mm fan blowing air through the case, but that might not get enough circulation to that area.)
My overall build is actually incredibly simple; I went for silence, efficiency, and compactness this time around.Case
: The lovely Thermaltake Core V1CPU
: i5-6600K (I decided not to wait for an i7-6700k; for gaming its not really necessary)GPU
: PNY GTX 980 XLR8 Pro OC (for the curious: it fits, but just barely)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 16GB (2x8) 2400
SSD: Samsung M.2 SM951 @512GB
PSU: EVGA 220-G2-0750-XR fully modular PSU
Mobo: ASRock Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac
Cooler: Noctua NH-US9
Extra case fans: SilenX EFX-08-15 80mm Effizio Quiet Case Fan (x2)
One thing I like is that cabling should be stupidly easy: 1 cable to the mobo, 1 to the GPU. Everything else plugs right into the mobo. Should leave plenty of space for airflow.
So should I flip the PSU up to enable a little extra airflow for the SSD? Or leave it face down to ensure it stays cooler?