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Hi!


My brother is gonna go for the said case, and I just have a quick question on how I wanted the airflow to be:



So is this a good setup?

The top HDD cage will be removed.


Thanks in advance!
Won't that setup get a lot of dust build up due to the negative pressure. Just a thought.
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Won't that setup get a lot of dust build up due to the negative pressure. Just a thought.
It would be about even unless he removes that 1 exhaust. Then it would be positive.
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Much of the issues about air flowing into the case from gaps and seams can be solved by closing the gaps and seems. Electrical tape covering vents and whatnot might make for a fun experiment.

Here's a mental exercise: how do you think a case will do if the only air flow into the case comes through filters, with fans exhausting more air from the case than pulling air into it?
    
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Much of the issues about air flowing into the case from gaps and seams can be solved by closing the gaps and seems. Electrical tape covering vents and whatnot might make for a fun experiment.

Here's a mental exercise: how do you think a case will do if the only air flow into the case comes through filters, with fans exhausting more air from the case than pulling air into it?
Interesting idea...you should post it here.
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post #725 of 15743
You probably want a slight over pressure in that case. The right fan can be removed as suggested. And see if the floor needs a second fan or block up any holes there.

The only problem I see is: ORANGE! Why
 
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post #726 of 15743
I want to watercool my R3 but it's very tight for space. I saw someone with most of the HDD cage removed and it gave me this idea:



The drive bay would have to be removable to get the sleds out, SSD could be attatched to the steal plate with the res/pump or hidden behind the MOBO plate. Think it would work?
Edited by iamlongtime - 8/28/11 at 3:14am
post #727 of 15743
Hi everyone!

First of all this is a fantastic thread, there are some really sharp looking builds in here.

I know that I'm going to be a Fractal Design case owner, my current dilemma though is which one. I've started the slow process of gathering parts for my first build in about 8 years. Yeah, I really kept my last machine that long; though I did cheat and get laptop somewhere in there for walk-around use. Anyway, the current build I'm looking at is listed in my signature (or at least it should be if I set that all up right.)

So, my dilemma, XL or R3....

It seems that the R3 is very popular around here, and by many accounts I've read, it's got less air-flow issues than the XL. On the other hand, the R3 has limited 5.25" drive bay space and only two USB ports on the front. Those two things are issues for the following reasons:

1. I can't find a CD/DVD/BD combo drive that seems worth the money at the moment, and eventually I'd like to be able to add another drive that at least reads BD, writing them is a whole different ball of wax now.
2. I can of course add USB ports in a 5.25" drive bay and even potentially get a couple of USB 3.0 up front that way. However that bumps headlong into #1.

So I started looking at the XL. It is certainly big. Fully 4" taller and longer than anything I've got now. That concerns me a little. Though what really gets me are the things that I've read about the air flow and "dead air" over the CPU. The cure for this seems to be a 120 mm fan in three of the four ODD bays. That of course rather kills my whole purpose for looking at this model in the first place.

Yes, I have given thought to one of those massive, third-party CPU coolers, and a I saw a cool idea in this thread for attaching fans to the inside of the HDD cages. I just don't have a feel for how all this stuff balances.

Any thoughts or opinions would be most welcome!

Thanks in advance!
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post #728 of 15743
Hey welcome to Overclocker.net's forum Dan.
I read your post and have a few questions to ask you,
1. Are you building this as a gaming computer or some other needs?
2. Do you wish to go water cooling or just air cooling?
3. Do you think you will be upgrading your computer down the line? (expanding)
4. Do you travel alot? (Lan partys, ect ect)

Both cases are great for their uses, I personally went with the XL because I LOVE having the extra room to play around with in a case and enjoy knowing I won't have to squeeze my hands between anything when i go redoing wires or when I add my water cooling loop here in the next month or so.

If you are worried about CPU cooling and using up room in your 5.25 bays you could always get one of the Corsair Hydro series coolers. I am using one right now in the XL and it helps keep it cooler quite a bit. One suggestion i would do for any graphic cards (mainly xfire or SLI) add another fan behind the HDD cage inside the case.

I hope this helped you with any questions or concerns on choosing a setup!
post #729 of 15743
Can anyone tell me how much room there is behind the side panel to hide cables in the XL please? I'm considering it as my next case but the 600t I am currently using has loads of room so it needs to be roughly the same or more really. Thanks.
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From the mobo panel to side is ~23mm as you have take into account the sound proofing material.
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