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post #1 of 6
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Just as the subject says...

At the moment, I have an H50, currently mounted on the rear of my case, but I have been curious as to whether it would preform better if it were somehow mounted into the front of the case, pulling air in from the front...

BUT; now I'm looking at perhaps taking the H50 out and going with a full custom Loop, starting with just CPU only, might add a VGA block in the future but for now just the CPU...

I have plenty of room in my 5.25 bays to put a single 120 Rad with a couple fans; probably the RX120.

But I am wondering if anyone has tested whether there is any difference in Rad performance based on whether its mounted in the front, or the rear? Or, is it really not that much of a difference?

If it is on the rear, then I can just reverse my top blow hole fan to push air down directly into the rad fans...

If its on the front, then I can just have it sucking air directly in through the front grill.

BUT; now I am contemplating a Res; and looking at either just doing a pump top Res to save space; or go with a Bay Res.

I'm looking at this ---> CLICKIE
And This ---> CLICKIE

If I do the first one with the MCP355, it would save space in my case and I won't have to worry about adding on some extra Res somewhere.

If I do the second one, the Bay Res, I got a friend offering to sell it to me, with his old MCP655, for $100... But if, I do the bay res, then I can't mount a Rad in the front; which brings me back to pondering over where to mount the Rad for best performance.

My original plan was to go with the first one, with an RX120 mounted in the front, though more towards the back of the 5.25 bays, with a Gentle Typhoon AP-15... then put an Enermax Apollish Vegas right up in front of the bay to push air through the bay towards the AP-15.... though I don't HAVE to put the Apollish Vegas there, as I can put it on the bottom front, pulling out the existing stock fan thats there and putting the Apollish there instead...

So any thoughts on all that for a small case like my CM Storm Scout?
     
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Oh I should also mention that...

Depending on where the Rad is going to be mounted, will determine what Rad it is, as the RX120 for example is known to not fit on the rear interior, of a Storm Scout, but can be installed into the 5.25 bays easily...
     
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I would mount a XSPC RX rad in the front.
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Thanks Triangle!

Anyone else got any thoughts on this though?
     
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Front mounted rads typicall run 1-3 c cooler than rear mounted rads because you are getting fresh air from outside the case. Also ambient temps play a larger role in front and external rads. But yes if you have the 120 in a push/pull in the front of the case it will be cooler than in the rear.
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I would mount an RS240 in the top. The top of your case can be modified to fit a slim radiator very, very easily. Mount the radiator inside the case, and put the fans in between the plastic shroud and the metal top. You just need to make a small cut into the plastic on the top to allow for the lid to be re-closed once you have installed 2x120mm fans.
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