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Moving a Water Cooling Setup Into New System. Need Some Advice

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Hello everyone. I need some advice and some ideas here. I am currently getting ready to move my existing water cooling gear that was in my old AMD system into my new X79 system which will be cooling the CPU and 1 GPU for starters and plans for cooling another GPU or 2 later this year. I broke down my old system the other day and started to test fit some things and long story short, a decision a few years ago has come back to bite me in the you know what.

The problem I have is some major clearance issues with my rad fans that are on the inside of my case. The fan closest to the rear of the case will not fit at all because it will not clear a VRM sink on the top of my board and the middle fan barley fits and it covers up my CPU fan headers which I would be plugging my pump sensor into.

Some solutions I am considering and would like you all to weigh on them. I am trying to keep costs down.

1 - Push only configuration. Would be no fans on the rad on the inside of the case. Would need a dust filtration solution since the roof fans will be intakes also new fans are on my list.

2 - Go with 5 fans on the rad. This may look funny but any thoughts on having a dead space on the rad?

3 - Thinner 420mm rad (30mm) or 360mm rad to run push/pull. All I can think of this one is that it would solve the issue but will cost me.

4 - Better case. Costly solution but am considering it sometime in the future.

My current water cooling gear.

Case - NZXT Switch 810
Rad - Alpha cool UT60 420mm in push pull
Res - Bitspower Tankz 250
CPU Block - XSPC Raystorm full Copper
GPU block - Aquacomputer 980GTX block w/active back plate (being ordered)
Fans - going to be ordering some new ones.
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Personally, I would just install it in a push-only config as you described. It will cost you the least and most likely perform just fine.

In my experience adding 4 more fans for push/pull will only decrease temps marginally and increase noise (obviously less-so with decent fans).

However, any reason not to just exhaust through the top? Not enough intakes to maintain positive air-pressure or something?
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Personally, I would just install it in a push-only config as you described. It will cost you the least and most likely perform just fine.

In my experience adding 4 more fans for push/pull will only decrease temps marginally and increase noise (obviously less-so with decent fans).

However, any reason not to just exhaust through the top? Not enough intakes to maintain positive air-pressure or something?

The problem is that the fans will be on the roof since I cannot mount them on the inside so if I was only to go with a 3 fan configuration. I don't think that fans in pull would be optimal since there would be little air going across the fins of the rad. The intakes I had when it was setup before was 2x 140mm in the front, 1x 140mm on the bottom so there's no problems there. The new fans that I plan on getting are 1200 RPM fans which i think should be fine for my rad. My old rad fans are starting to sound bad and are really overpowered.
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The quickest and easiest solution imo would be to leave that fan off, its free and shouldn't cost you any performance. The overall best solution would be a new case that gives you the flexibility to do whatever config you want.
 
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