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as said before. A 360 rad top and a 280 front looks better with similar overall rad space.

Yeap I like the way my 360 and 240 combo looks a lot better if it was two 360.
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***Help me out guys!

Hey guys,

I am hoping at least a few of you can provide me with some solid advice on fan/radiator setup! I just got my Fractal Design Define S case today. This is the build that is going in it (I may up the 390X to a 980TI, but not sure yet): http://pcpartpicker.com/user/CC268/saved/TcDscf

Option 1:
I would like to mount the X61 radiator on the front and keep the top CLOSED to prevent dust from getting in and to provide a more quiet system. Is this a good idea? If so, where else should I mount fans to provide the best cooling? Would it be best to do a push-pull, pull, or push setup in this case?

Option 2:
I could of course mount the radiator up top, but with no dust filter it will allow more dust in. However, I could have three 140mm fans on the front and one fan on the rear of the case as well. Would it be best to do a push-pull, pull, or push setup in this case?

Let me know what you guys think.
    
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***Help me out guys!

Hey guys,

I am hoping at least a few of you can provide me with some solid advice on fan/radiator setup! I just got my Fractal Design Define S case today. This is the build that is going in it (I may up the 390X to a 980TI, but not sure yet): http://pcpartpicker.com/user/CC268/saved/TcDscf

Option 1:
I would like to mount the X61 radiator on the front and keep the top CLOSED to prevent dust from getting in and to provide a more quiet system. Is this a good idea? If so, where else should I mount fans to provide the best cooling? Would it be best to do a push-pull, pull, or push setup in this case? Push pull is always better than just push or pull, but it doesn't scale up equally in performance. If you're on a budget then just do push from the front as intake, and exhaust from the back, and maybe add another intake at bottom by PSU-positive pressure FTW

Option 2:
I could of course mount the radiator up top, but with no dust filter it will allow more dust in. However, I could have three 140mm fans on the front and one fan on the rear of the case as well. Would it be best to do a push-pull, pull, or push setup in this case?

Let me know what you guys think.
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Whether you benefit from push/pull depends on a couple things. Mainly the FPI of the radiator (fins per inch) and it's thickness along with the fan speed.
Generally speaking, higher the density (FPI) and/or thickness the more you benefit from P/P and lower the fan speed the more you benefit from P/P.
Example.. If you go with push/pull, you can run the 4 fans at a slower speed to achieve the same results than with only 2 fans.
I only found a single review of the X61 which tested it with dual vs quad fans.
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/67241-nzxt-kraken-x61-x41-liquid-cpu-coolers-review-8.html
This is with, afaik, the fans running full speed. If it had been ran with say the fans running at half the speed the difference would be larger.

But given you're only cooling a 6600K you'll be just fine with push on the X61. I'd mount it in the front. Keep the top sealed and exhaust through the back. In case you need more airflow add another intake on the bottom and depending on the speed you run the various fans at, you could consider adding another exhaust in the top rear spot for the air to flow better.
If you end up adding another exhaust on the top you can use black tape to mask off the exposed mesh section. Pretty unnoticeable, blocks any open area so dust can't get in and when the rig is running the fan will blow away any dust particles. Of course when the fan doesn't spin dust can fall through past the fan blades but I could place something on top of it say a book or something of that size to block it off in case I leave the rig off for extended period of time.
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Thanks a lot for your replies guys!

So you are recommending that I use the front radiator as an intake then instead of exhaust? In that case I could do a pull configuration so you can see the fans - or do a push configuration where the fans would be hidden.

Am I losing a lot of cooling potential from mounting on the front instead of the top? (especially since I will be losing the possibility of adding 3 140mm AF fans to the front)
    
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Thanks a lot for your replies guys!

So you are recommending that I use the front radiator as an intake then instead of exhaust? In that case I could do a pull configuration so you can see the fans - or do a push configuration where the fans would be hidden.

Am I losing a lot of cooling potential from mounting on the front instead of the top? (especially since I will be losing the possibility of adding 3 140mm AF fans to the front)

I would definitely recommend putting it in the front since its a single rad, I would recommend push where the fans are hidden plus that will give you marginally better cooling performance on the RAD.

Sure the extra fans would help if you mount it on top, but it wouldn't justify the cost in my eyes.
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Thanks I appreciate the help - I will definitely give that setup a shot - if I find my temps are too high I can always rearrange it and add the fans on the front.
    
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Could anyone tell me what kind of screws are used with arc MIDI r2 hdd cages? Bonus points for pics.
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This is my current configuration with the R5:



Been getting around 35-37 C on the 4770K at idle and around 50-55 C when I'm playing WoWS. Would that be normal? Haven't have the chance to really check the ambient temps, but when the PC is placed in a room with 20 C room temperature via air conditioning, it goes down to around 29 C.
Edited by rapkct - 9/17/15 at 4:04am
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This is my current configuration with the R5:



Been getting around 35-37 C on the 4770K at idle and around 50-55 C when I'm playing WoWS. Would that be normal? Haven't have the chance to really check the ambient temps, but when the PC is placed in a room with 20 C room temperature via air conditioning, it goes down to around 29 C.
Nothing wrong with those temps.

I always set my fan speed profile for 55-60c gaming cpu temps with 65c max encoding cpu load.
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