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Not sure that's the most efficient way to go . . . .

From looking at some pics, it looks like there are 9 bays above the midplate and 4 below. . . . looking at others, it looks like 9 1/2 above and 3 1/2 below

Hopefully TCO or another SMA8 owner will chime in to say definitively whether the midplate is exactly at the break line between the lower 4 and upper 9 flex bays, or at the lower 3.5 / upper 9.5 point.

A 360 takes 9 bays, plus some encroachment into the 10th.

If you put it with the fittings to the top, you'll probably manage to squeeze it in with the fittings above the top of the flex bay opening.

You would want a 120 X 1 below the plate.

If you put fittings at the bottom, they'll likely encroach below the midplate, but it might work if it's a short end tank rad like HWL.

The downside to the 360 above the midplate, is that it kills being able to use a 480 up top, unless you go with the really ugly 120mm extended top and mount the rad and all the fans above the top chassis panel.

If you go with a 360 starting from the bottom up, with fittings at the bottom, you'll have 4 bays above the rad, use a 120 X 1 above the rad for the 4th fan, and can still fit a 480 in the top and an Aquaero in the very top flex bay.

Go with the better looking 39mm extended top if you want P-P fans on the top 480, or a little more clearance below it if using just a single set of fans above.


Darlene

When it comes to the 360 in the front, and the compatibility of a 480 up top, it looks like it will fit to me
. It seems like people say it won't fit when you run the front radiator in push pull. I'm just running push. I think I will order the 31mm too, so that way, if there is a compatibility issue, I could run the 480 in pull.

This is all because I currently own an RX360. I'm planning on putting my RX240 with the PSU.

Now, I think I will order the SMA8 with the 120.3 front flex bay, and an additional 120.1 for the bottom chamber to blow fresh air in. I will order the case before I order the other radiators, because if it doesn't work with the 360 in the front, I might put it in the bottom chamber with the PSU and put my RX240 in the front. Hopefully my Corsair AX860 will be enough (and last a while) for my Titan X setup.


Here's the pic that makes me believe that you can not get a 480 up top with a regular thickness 360 in the front above the midplate, even with just the fans in the flex bay mounting:

post #12832 of 22189
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Here's the pic that makes me believe that you can not get a 480 up top with a regular thickness 360 in the front above the midplate, even with just the fans in the flex bay mounting:

Is that TCO's build? What radiators are those? Is that a 240 in the front?

If I really can't put a 360 in the front, I may get a thinner 480 rad. Maybe an AX480, or something below 40mm. Then that way my RX360 can fit in the front. Would that work?

If that works, I'll put my RX240 on the bottom PSU side.

Now this also leads me to my next question. With two rads in the bottom chamber blowing air into the case, where will the hot air go?
Edited by SteezyTN - 5/29/15 at 8:16pm
    
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Here's the pic that makes me believe that you can not get a 480 up top with a regular thickness 360 in the front above the midplate, even with just the fans in the flex bay mounting:

Is that TCO's build? What radiators are those? Is that a 240 in the front?

The 480 is an EK, and they have pretty short end tanks, so nothing else is going to be any shorter on that end.
The 240 is XSPC I believe. It looks a tiny bit thinner than the EK, which an RX would be.

If I really can't put a 360 in the front, I may get a thinner 480 rad. Maybe an AX480, or something below 40mm. Then that way my RX360 can fit in the front. Would that work?


Look at the pic again, it's the length on the 480 that's the issue, not the thickness

If that works, I'll put my RX240 on the bottom PSU side.

Now this also leads me to my next question. With two rads in the bottom chamber blowing air into the case, where will the hot air go?
Move the air thru the case . . . in from the 240 side and out the 480 side

Just put the 360 at the bottom of the flex bays so the lowest fan is below the plate and you'll have room for a 120 X 1 fan mount at the top, as well as 1 more bay to put a controller, and it'll all fit with a 480 up top.

D.
post #12834 of 22189
The removable core rads from XSPC and EK are actually one of the longer ones relatively. I don't think that is enough to make a difference though.
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Just put the 360 at the bottom of the flex bays so the lowest fan is below the plate and you'll have room for a 120 X 1 fan mount at the top, as well as 1 more bay to put a controller, and it'll all fit with a 480 up top.

D.
But won't that interfere with the midplate? Would I have to remove that piece?
    
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post #12836 of 22189
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Just put the 360 at the bottom of the flex bays so the lowest fan is below the plate and you'll have room for a 120 X 1 fan mount at the top, as well as 1 more bay to put a controller, and it'll all fit with a 480 up top.

D.
But won't that interfere with the midplate? Would I have to remove that piece?


Yea, but what's the big deal about that ????

Custom make a nicely fitted light panel in place of, or on top of, the midplate.

If that's too much, just use a piece of appropriately colored acrylic if you don't like how the midplate sections to give clearance for the front rad.
post #12837 of 22189
Andddddd my S8 is on hold as my water heater decided to fail and create a swimming pool in the ceiling of my first floor.....mad.gifmad.gif
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:: that sucks, should replace it your self !~~! much cheaper !~
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The worst part is it was only a year old. The replacement isn't costing me anything, it's the water damage it caused. So now the S8 case is on hold to see how expensive it will be and if homeowners insurance will take the claim.
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Andddddd my S8 is on hold as my water heater decided to fail and create a swimming pool in the ceiling of my first floor.....mad.gifmad.gif

Oh no! Sorry to hear that.
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