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Opinion: fans on outside of the case look bad?

Poll Results: In terms of aesthetics, where should fans and radiators be mounted?

 
  • 64% (29)
    Inside of case
  • 6% (3)
    Outside is fine
  • 8% (4)
    Both look good to me
  • 20% (9)
    Whatever works, who cares?
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post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
What do you guys think of people that mount fans and radiators on the *outside* of their case, sort of like this:



I've never been a fan, always thought it looked.... unprofessional

But I see more people doing it, what do you guys think? Better to have everything inside or outside in terms of aesthetics?
post #2 of 28
If you hide your computer under the desk, then it's okay..

I hide mine..
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post #3 of 28
Ive had a rad sandwhich on top of a case a while back as there wasnt room inside,was ok i suppose but id rather have it all inside so its looks neat.

But then again maybe its better for a rad to be outside a case so it can get cooler air through the rad?
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post #4 of 28
Ive got my rad inside the case. I think it looks aesthetically better. If you got to put your fans on the outside then that just mean you got to get a bigger case.
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post #5 of 28
Have never been a fan of out side rad/fans. Unless the setup is something crazy extreme that demands it, there are enough options available to keep everything inside.

Just a personal preference though...I prefer a clean, sleek look.
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post #6 of 28
Whatever works, who cares?

As far as looks go, fans on the outside are alright (SEE MY BUILD LOG FOR MORE ON THAT, LOL!).

Radiators on the outside of the case are...well...kinda ugly, unless they are low-profile and fit the sleekness of the overall design.
    
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post #7 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Da1Nonly View Post
Ive got my rad inside the case. I think it looks aesthetically better. If you got to put your fans on the outside then that just mean you got to get a bigger case.
Yeah mine are inside aswell.
240mm in roof,240mm in floor and 120mm at rear all blowing out with air coming in right side of case as cover is all mesh.

Have to hoover side of case every day as its full of fluff kinda looks alive after a few days if you leave it.
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post #8 of 28
Depends on the aesthetic of the case. For a mid/full ATX tower I'd say not pretty in most configurations I can think of.

Forr SFF/box format systems depends on how/what you do. I kinda like what I did on my H2gO, and it is the best option available with my gear:



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post #9 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by UrbanSmooth View Post
Whatever works, who cares?

As far as looks go, fans on the outside are alright (SEE MY BUILD LOG FOR MORE ON THAT, LOL!).

Radiators on the outside of the case are...well...kinda ugly, unless they are low-profile and fit the sleekness of the overall design.
I guess I'm the opposite of this.

I can appeal to radiators sticking out of the back of the case, but I don't like to see fans on the outside side of the case.

I feel the front and sides should just be smooth and symmetrical, not having something bulky sticking out of the sides.

Out of the back, though, is another thing to me, as (for the most part) it's unseen and doesn't affect the overall look.

I'd of course love to internalize everything, but if it just doesn't fit or won't work well, sticking something out of the back would be my first thought.
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post #10 of 28
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fans and radiators on the outside just seem lazy to me

I mean you have this beautiful case with clean lines, and then you open it up and you're amazed at the fans and the radiators and pumps.

putting that stuff on the outside just seems like you were too lazy to figure out a way to put it on the inside.

I mean I understand some people have to do it because there case is too small and they can't afford a new case, but honestly I think I'd rather use the $$$ to buy a nicer case that can fit it all inside eventually and deal with slightly higer temps for now then try to stick fans and radiators all over the case
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