Not sure how useful this will be but welcome.
I believe that the case and PSU are the closest to future resistant components available. I bought the X9 because of that.
I have migrated my old air cooled system into this case; phase one. Phase two is upgrade my system in two steps: Something a lot more modern that my venerable Intel Lynnfield CPU based system.
Step one - a Noctua air cooler for the new system while acquiring the fans and rads I need for phase two water cooling.
It is this initial phase I hope will prove useful to you.
1) you can have fans blowing both in and out anywhere.
2) We can control, to a large part the case pressure via fan speeds, i.e. slow down the outward directed fans and speed up in inward directed ones.
3) One AIO rad / fan should be well within what you can compensate for with the rest of your fans.
4) With all due respect and deference, we have more options on where to hang fans in the X9 that Carter has liver pills. :-) If the AIO's lines are long enough the side as an intake won't seriously mess up obtaining your goal of positive pressure.
I have ordered two Noctua 200mm fans for front and top. Cannot afford some of my other parts yet so on ward and up ward on accumulating parts to water cool this beast. :-)
Originally Posted by noobian3d
I just bought what is probably one of the last X9's (i heard they are discontinued!). Late to the party i know.
It has not arrived yet, but i have been spending some time trying to figure out how i am going to setup my fans.
The only water cooling will be a corsair h105 for the CPU, my GPUs are air cooled.
The main question i'd like some input on is whether it would be a bad idea to have a mixture of intake and exhaust fans on the top. Whether that be one side intake, one side exhaust or do it the other way and have 4 at the rear and 4 at the front as intake/exhaust.
Originally i was going to go all exhaust on the top, with the cpu rad also mounted at the top as for towards the front of the case as possible. But i am worried that is too much exhaust and will end up not having positive air pressure in the case
im almost certainly going to run one 200mm intake on the bottom front, the rest is tbd.
would love some advice