Originally Posted by samhfoley
I have an H70 coming in the mail due to arrive tomorrow night along with 2 Scythe AP-15's. My question is about set-up. I have seen numerous pictures of people's set-ups. Some people seem to only have the one fan on the inside, with the radiator flush to the case and the fan inside. Other have one fan outside the case, the radiator just inside the case and another fan inside.
Which is best?
Also which is better? pulling cold air from outside the case into the radiator or blowing air from inside the case through the radiator and having another fan outside pulling? I think Corsair said that they preferred the 1st option, but I have heard other say that the latter option is better. Thoughts?
Lastly, Thermal Paste. How is the Corsair Stock thermal paste? Should I use that or go with something else? If something else then what?
Thanks in advance.
Stock TIM is one of the best out there no need to change it.
Unless you have something venting hot air below where the H70 setup will be then Corsair recommends intake because it will usually gives you a better CPU temp so it makes their product look better but, why would you want to heat up everything else in your case just so one component can be just a few C cooler? You don't. Most everyone here has their H50/H70 if it is setup at the rear of the case as exhaust. Not just because they don't want to heat up everything else having it as intake messes up the thermal design of most modern cases. Most cases now are designed for front intake, side intake and rear exhaust from the back and top(if available) If you switch the rear to intake you mess up the whole design of most cases and heat everything up for just that one component again.
If you have the space and the tubes are long enough I recommend mounting it in the front as intake try to line it up with the rear exhaust fan(s) you get the best cool air intake and the hot air really doesn't get the time to heat anything else up since it should be exhausted right out the back and top of your case.