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Ok, as I get near to getting my stuff I am thinking more and more on how I should around all my parts. I really want a internal rad solution, but kinda leary about how my temps will be. I have decent front intake (2x120mm 40cfm CMs). What I was considering was, having the rad mounted inside with the fans (120x38 110CFM Sunons) in a pull config on the top outside the case. Would this yeild decent temps? Or should I point them to a push config, blowing cold air through the rad, but then hot rad air into the case. I do realize that will get better temps with the fans and the rad outside the case, but I want this computer to be somewhat portable for LAN parties and whatnot.
    
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You could mount the radiator to the top of the case using radiator boxes. The steel ones might be better since this will be holding weight. Say use 3 of them. Mount fans to the rad boxes, blowing upward, then shrouds on top of the fans, then your radiator on top of that. If you want push pull then it would be simple to add fans pulling on the other side as well.

Edit: the reasoning for my suggestion is this would not change the footprint of you computer, just make it a little taller.
Edit: with a little creativity and the use of say acrylic shrouds, this would give you more 'canvas' to have fun modding.
Edited by nub - 12/24/08 at 6:20am
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Well that is all good and all, but I am not against modding my case. Its only a CM590 at $60. Plus I would like this to still retain some portability, like going to LAN parties.
    
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Put the rad on the inside. I have set up a similar case, with a 900, water cooled Quad, and an air cooled 3870X2. If the X2 did not melt in that scenario, I am sure there is no problem.
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Put the rad on the inside. I have set up a similar case, with a 900, water cooled Quad, and an air cooled 3870X2. If the X2 did not melt in that scenario, I am sure there is no problem.
Yeah I am thinking the same thing, as I have awesome front air intake. I would like to mount the 120mmX38mm Sunons on top since I do not have enough clearance between the case and my mobo, so its either a push or pull config for me.....
    
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I was asking myself the same question. The way I see it, either you mount it in front, blow cold air on the rad and hot air in the case or........ Mount it on top/back, blow cold air in case and hot air in Rad. Which way sounds better to you?

I know you could mount rad other ways but for people who would like to keep our stuff in the case, those are the options.
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So here is something of a crud design on how I was thinking of arranging it.
    
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That looks pretty good. Your air off the rad is only going to be a couple of C hotter then the air that is pulled into it, as long as your case has good ventilation its not going to hurt case temp's much. If you leave the side off your case, or even just crack the back open a couple of inches its a non-issue really.
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So here is something of a crud design on how I was thinking of arranging it.
This is sort of what I was trying to suggest in my earlier post. Only with a shroud/fan/radbox between the case and the radiator and the air flow reversed. Would there be room to mount the radiator so that any blowhole on the top of your case is not blowing directly into it?
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You could always do a positive pressure setup intake from the top fans. That will keep your rad cooler then exhausting hot air.
    
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