Hey, I'm building my first computer and after reading through this forum I purchased this case with the Asus maximus iv gene-z mobo, Antec 920 cooler and the huge Asus GTX570 Direct CUii gpu.
Plan is to mount the Antec cooler where the front fan goes removing the bottom HDD tray. But I couldn't figure out what set up would be better.
Problem is the GTX 570 would pretty much divide the case into the bottom compartment and the top compartment with the mobo. The GTX 570 would suck in air from below and exhaust it out the back of the case and out the top into the mobo compartment.
So if I install the Antec cooler to suck in cold air from the outside and blow hot air into the bottom part of the case, then the GTX 570 will be sucking in the hot air coming out of the radiator and I don't know how good it'ld be for the gpu.
So I could instead install it to suck in cold air from within the case and then blow it out the front of the case so it won't be blowing in hot air onto the GPU but I don't know how efficient this set up would be with the slightly negative pressure within the bottom part of the case with both the GPU and the cooler sucking in air from the small space...
Also for the top part of the case, would it be better to have all the fans exhausting out the air or would it be better to have the back fan and one of the top fan exhausting air while one top fan as an intake??
If ye guys could help me out here...
As far as heat goes your gpu should be fine. There is not only space between the card and the side panel but because you bought a vulcan you have a huge mesh/grill that pretty much opens the case to ambient air for your gpu.
It is a little odd to reverse the front fan but it should work fine. However I'd make sure to use a shroud for that since there are small holes that the air has to be pushed through in the front of the case. Again since the side panel is so open there is plenty of ambient air to push or pull air in the front of the case.
Edited by DigitrevX - 8/25/11 at 11:58am