(for reference i like to keep the temperatures below 60° with ambient 30°)
Originally Posted by LazarusIV
On the Arc Midi, can a 140.2 thick or thin radiator fit in the top with push fans or will it interfere with the mobo too much? I know I can fit one in the front after I take out the HDD cage but I'm wondering if I can get one up top too, or if I'll just use a 120.2 up there instead.
with no modding, the 280 rad will be hard to fit in the roof. the optibay is in the way, the thickness
will lend to interference on the motherboard (no offset). with that said, the roof riddled with mesh
allows some shifting to accomodate but depending on mobo selection there maybe tolerance issues
still. without a total remake or make-over of the roof the 280 rad is a tough cookie for clearence
of mobo, mostly.
i like the 280 for both positions so you can use the same fan, but again the tanks on the rads are
the clearence problems. even the 420 gets really tight fast with no optibays.
thickness... hummm thats a hard-one to field. i prefer the 60mm, fall-back to 45mm. in my experience
the 60mm alpha, HW-SR1, are the best for performance and low speed (sub1200rpm) rads.
XSPC doesnt have a RX280 just the EX and the fan speeds gotta be 1600+ to make them work.
if you are going for all that, i'd move to the 360 (my trend) with a lil roof modding and use the 280
for the front intake for a massive overclock and SLI/X-fire support. a fall-back to 240 roof and 280
front intake can still handle a hard CPU overclock and moderate to stock GPU clocking.
hope this doesnt muddy the water, too much!