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Well i thought i put this up since my new case is on the way. Going to have to do some mods to it ( powder coat motherboard tray, possible hole cutting).
Parts to install:

Rampage iii extreme
EK full mobo block
Ek supreme hf cpu block
2 GTX 460 with Koolance blocks
240 black ice xflow
360 black ice xflow
Alot of fans
2 mcp355 with tops
ek dual loop 5.25 bay res
and all the other goodies

So heres kinda a ruff scketch of my plan (YES I SUCK AT PAINT!!!)
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Going to have the 360 rad mounted on the inside top with 3 ultra kaze 3000 as intakes in push setup. I got the extended top for the case so they should fit . At the back i may cut out a hole for a 120 exhaust(xigmatech) if theres enough room above the second psu slot. Bottom will have three 120 silenx for exhaust.This will be the dedicated CPU/Mobo loop.

m8240.jpg
This will be for the 2 gtx 460's. 2 120 rexus fans for intake with the 240 rad. Above will be another xigmatech 120 fan for intake with the hard drives (if they fit with the rad there) if not fan alone.

On the opposite side of the case (mobo side) there will be a 120 fan at the bottom for intake, 120 on the back for exhaust. I can even add three 120 fans above mobo for intake if needed. So thats the initial plan. Any suggestions/ problems i may run into?
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post #2 of 25
Small issues with your mockup.

The 240 mounted in front: Jim has mentioned various times that the front fan mount holes on the psu side do NOT line up with a radiator mount holes. So you would have to do something like Extreme Newbie did in his build. This picture below is how he mounted a 360 rad to the front as you are looking at doing with the 240. Notice how he mounted it using what seems to be a single shroud setup.

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Next issue. Your hard drive bays will likely interfere with mounting most thick radiators top mount unless you do as Extreme Newbie did and mount them up top using the extended lid (extra purchase cost). Notice the placement of the uppermost fan in the picture shown - if you extended the cage out from that fan you would see it would leave little clearance for a 360 rad. You might be able to fit it in there but not sure.

You also have to account somehow for the PSU and whether you plan for it to intake hot air or cold air - and where the air will be coming from - either inside the compartment or outside the compartment (depending on the way you face the psu fan).

You have several possibilities. I will use my MS Paint mockup from my build log to show what you might try. Just visualize that the radiator on the PSU side is a 360 wink.gif

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You could keep the 360 top mount and have it push air thru the radiator from within the case and out the top. Purchase the horizontal 360 radiator accessory bar and mount your 240 radiator on that with the fans pulling air thru the radiator from within the compartment. Set your floor fans and your front fans as cold air intakes. Set your PSU and your hard drive cage near the bottom of the case with the PSU fan facing the inside of the case to pull in cold air from the fans and to exhaust out the back (this way it doesn't pull some of the hot air from the 240 into it).

Or you could reverse several of those directions in terms of fans and mount the radiator on the floor pulling air from underneath the case and pushing hot air up. the 240 side mounted can pull air from out and push hot air into the case as well. Set front fans as intakes and the top fans as exhaust? You would have to then turn the PSU around and have it pull air in thru the side panel in this case so that it isn't breathing in hot air.

I don't have my case yet but from looking at several builds that is what I see. I might have something wrong but if I do someone should correct it soon enough. smile.gif
Edited by werds - 3/28/11 at 7:53pm
    
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post #3 of 25
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Ya I thought about the harddrive bay being in the way of the 360 too. If that wer the case I have a harddrive holder that fits into a dual 5.25 bay, ild put them there then I shouldn't have a problem fitting the 360 there. But then there's the psu air issue. Hmm, well I think I'll put the 360 on top with the fans pushing out. Then the 240 on the bottom pushing out then I could still mount the hd cage in the middle with top and bottom fans intake and mount the psu on the top slot. And have all the mobo side as intakes, possibly add three fans above the mobo for intake also. Thanks for pointing out those things!
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post #4 of 25
I'm waiting on an M8 also with extended top much like yourself, build idea looks pretty sound, but I'd never consider a bottom exhaust - you're fighting physics before you even start, heat rises smile.gif
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post #5 of 25
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True. I will have to see. My case will be here today so I can take a better look. I would like to keep both rads on the psu side.
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post #6 of 25
I've got this kind of air-in/air-out heat puzzle to play soon too, be interesting to see how you get on, will definitely follow this log, good luck smile.gif
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post #7 of 25
EDIT: I see what you did with your fans now...your mad paint skillz had me confused. I still think you should flip your top and bottom fans, but that may just be me.

Other than that you should be able to fit both of your rads on the psu side, but as stated above you may need to get creative.
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post #8 of 25
I see one major problem with this. You have your M8 and I don't have mine yet. frown.gif But it's all good, I'm getting mine tomorrow. Then the REAL fun begins!

I'd agree with everyone above, intake bottom, exhaust on top.
post #9 of 25
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Well I just opened it up and I gotta say, they know how to wrap a case for shipping. It took me longer to unwrap it than it took to ship it. Now looking at the case I see my best bet is to have both rads top mounted fans under pushing air out of the case. I put the rubber feet on to see what the bottom clearance would be and I don't known, I may just be better if with them up top. Now time to figure out powdercoat color/ scheme.
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Definitely dude, keep all the heat up and out of the top, its the best way - pictures! pictures! biggrin.gif
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