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bottom or rear?

Poll Results: should the rad go on the bottom or rear?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 14% of voters (1)
    Option 1
  • 85% of voters (6)
    Option 2
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post #1 of 10
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opt1)
front intake 120mm fan; front intake 80mm fan; top outtake 120mm fan; PSU underside outtake 120mm; bottom case heater core w/ two intake 120mm pulling up; rear outtake 80mm


opt2)
front intake 120mm fan; front intake 80mm fan; top outtake 120mm fan; PSU underside outtake 120mm; bottom intake 120mm; rear blocked by radbox



note: all/most fans will be running @ 5v

my question is: will the air coming from the heater core in option 1 be that hot? i'm just not to fond of external watercooling. Believe it or not, this is a mid-tower case (RAIDMAX SMILODON) but i've made all the measurements and to my surprise, everything fits. res, rad (heater core! actually fits), pump, and all.
    
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post #2 of 10
i would probably go with option 2 just because in 1 youd be pumping hot air into the case frome running throw the rad, heating up your vid card
post #3 of 10
I would go with option 2 as-well. You wouldn't want to dump the heat back into your case.
    
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post #4 of 10
Go for number 2 less heat that way.
    
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post #5 of 10
Option 2 , nice diagrams, flash? #2 needs some blue/red arrows on the rad!
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Rear !
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post #7 of 10
I choose option 1 because that air going through your rad on the back won't really be that hot because you have watercooling and not air cooling. If you have the rad on the bottem, all that heat from the rad will go right into your case and onto the video card.
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post #8 of 10
I think Option 1 would give you better coolant temps(assuming it was cut out to allow good airflow), option 2 would likely be sucking some hot case air into it from the rear case fan and any video card that could still be there under air.

I used to think option 1 would be better because of the hot air in the case, but if you have a properly sized radiator the air shouldn't even be noticeably warmer than the ambient and you should be moving enough air that it shouldn't hurt the case internal temp. In fact if you are moving greater volumes of air, it could cool the case internals better than the other option depending on the fans.
    
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post #9 of 10
What kind of case?

Option 2 would be my choice, unless you choose to get a case that has conpartments inside of it (the Lian Li PC-V2000 for instance), in which case I would go with option 1.
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post #10 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pwnage101 View Post
Believe it or not, this is a mid-tower case (RAIDMAX SMILODON) but i've made all the measurements and to my surprise, everything fits.
eh?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowIm...upply+-+Retail


ignore that stupid "support beam" in the middle. I also took out the bottom HDD cage
    
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