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Hey guys, my gear is coming this week, and I just wanted to know your guy's opinion on what would give me the best temps for my loop.

Here are 2 layouts I drew up in paint:

Layout #1
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Layout # 2
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I'm kind of partial to layout #1, only because all intake points would be covered by dust filters, and I also heard that fans on rads should always be intaking, but what do you guys think?
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#3

top rad and rear as exhaust

front fan and bottom rad as intake

or i think #2 would work too.. just have top as exhaust cus heat rises.. might not be enough exhaust though
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Originally Posted by koven;11879122 
#3

top rad and rear as exhaust

front fan and bottom rad as intake

or i think #2 would work too.. just have top as exhaust cus heat rises.. might not be enough exhaust though

Wouldn't that make the temps higher though? Having hot air sucked up through the rad?
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post #4 of 11
i dont think so.. but im sure charlie can explain in detail

#1 would not be good imo, not enough exhaust.. you need to balance the pressure in your case i.e. equal exhaust/intake
post #5 of 11
top rad exhaust, rear fan intake, front fan intake, bottom rad exhaust...and side panel intake?

*ninja edit*

The side panel on the CM 690II A can hold 2 120mm fans, yes?

intake away!
Edited by Mongol - 1/3/11 at 4:51pm
post #6 of 11
Definitely use option #1. With #2 you will be recycling warm air from the bottom radiator up to the top radiator, making it useless.

EDIT: The extra intake air will be exhausted out the side 120mm fan holes.
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post #7 of 11
Both rads have to be exhaust and every thing else intake. You dont want to dump all that hot air inside your case.
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post #8 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Desert Rat;11879277 
Both rads have to be exhaust and every thing else intake. You dont want to dump all that hot air inside your case.

I think the problem with this is that heat doesn't travel down as easily as it does up; he would have problems IMO if the bottom rad was exhausting as well.
post #9 of 11
Really, since both of the radiators have to the same setting, the argument is whether they should be set to intake or exhaust.

Intake = Better water temperatures, worse case ambients = worse NB/SB/RAM temperature
Exhaust = Better NB/SB/RAM temperature, worse water temperature

I'd go with intake, the motherboard's temperatures don't matter too much anyways.
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post #10 of 11
I would've said both rads as intake and both fans as exhaust or the opposite of that.
So pretty much exactly what Charlie said :/
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