I am set up with the rad up top, exhaust. There is not a lot of additional room above the motherboard (mounted horizontally, in a v21 cube case). I hadn't thought about front intake. I have an mATX case and an ITX motherboard, so there's lots of room at the front. If I were to buy 2 more fans (it seems I'm determined to do so eh
), would a push pull setup be worth it for a front intake installation? I realize I will be taking air warmed by the rad in front, but I also have 2 x 120mm intake fans on the bottom. I will have plenty of room to set up enough exhaust fans to roughly equalize the air pressure.
One final question. I used non-conductive thermal paste for the install. Given that I understand the need to be very careful, what are the benefits of using liquid metal? The cooler has a copper cold plate. If it's worth it, how far from the edge of the heat spreader should I stop spreading the liquid metal? Or can it be spread to the edges? Finally, does protecting the immediate area around the heat spreader with nail polish help, and does it lead to any long term issues?
You guys are probably wondering why I am going on about this. I live on the 4th floor of an apartment building and I don't have AC. I am concerned about ambient temperature, come summer. Why don't I have AC? That's a question for another day.
I have learned a lot. Thanks again,