Originally Posted by mrant
I recently completed a Storm Scout build, and I have to say I love the case. Incredible quality and design for the price.
Looking through the pictures of everyone elses' builds made me question a choice I made during the build. I oriented my HSF north-south (vertically), but I notice the majority of people in this thread orient theirs east-west (horizontally). Is there a benefit to horizontal orientation?
My thinking was the larger fan at the top of the case would do a better job of pulling the warm exhaust out of the case. Also, with the HS fan located at the bottom, blowing to the top of the case, allows the fan to pull cool outside air through the slats in the side panel window.
Any thoughts on this?
CM Storm Scout case
MSI P55-GD65 v1.5 BIOS
Intel Core i5 750 @ 2.66GHz
CM Hyper 212+ HSF
GSkill Trident 2x2GB DDR3 2000 - F3-16000CL9D-4GBTD
WD Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB HDD
Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W
Sapphire Radeon 5850 1GB
I'm assuming you kept your oem ones because you said the top fan was larger. A lot of us replace those oem case fans with CM R4 120mm fans. May want to look in to doing this, really jumps up that airflow and reduces those temps. I have two R4s on front, one on top, two on rear(push/pull for my rad), two on side panel. I cut out the mesh for the top fan, front/lower fan and rear fan to further increase airflow. Side panel window was replaced and has two 4.5" holes cut and screw holes drilled for the fans, with filterright filters installed on the outside...the vents on the original window were a terrible idea. They are wider than the fans so they allow unfiltered air in, and the vents create an annoying airflow noise. Plus I wasn't too happy about it being tinted, I like to appreciate my work without feeling like I'm looking through sunglasses. My mods have resulted in a system so quiet, that I can actually hear my H50 pumping water over the sound of the fans if I listen hard enough.
With air cooling on the CPU, I don't think there'd be a huge difference between vertical and horizontal airflow due to how this case is set up. Horizontally, you'll be getting fresh air from the front of the case. Vertically, you'll be getting fresh air from the side panel fans. The only difference I'd imagine there being is...you may see a slight gain going horizontally, because vertical mounting may lead to your HSF fans pulling up heat from the GPU and PSU area. It may also rob your GPU of that much-needed side panel air.