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April 16, 2014 7:36:54 PM

I've read a few threads on various forums and the answers really don't pertain to me or are dated anyway I currently have a Phantom 530 case and I'm concerned I'm not running the optimal airflow. I'll post my set up and maybe someone can give advice.
Front: 1x 200mm intake
Top 2x 140MM intake into a Kraken x60 AIO cooler
Rear:1x 140mm Exhaust
Side:1x140mm Intake
Bottom:2x 1400mm Exhaust.
I also have a GTX 780 Windforce with 3 fans on it if it matters.



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April 16, 2014 7:38:34 PM

I would have the top three blowing out and the bottom three blowing in.
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April 16, 2014 7:45:29 PM

My case is extremely close to the fan layout on that case. Position the bottom two fans as intake and the top two as exhausts. Hot air rises up so it'll grant it a normal optimal airflow :) 
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April 16, 2014 7:54:52 PM



From what I have read, this setup is preferable. Heat rises, and you want to get it away from your components quickly and efficiently.
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April 16, 2014 7:59:13 PM

My only concern with the top being the fans that pull out is that hot air would be going through my radiator for my x60 and to my understanding you need the airflow through the rad to cool the liquid and if it's pulling hot air through it defeats the purpose.
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April 16, 2014 8:11:40 PM

Saint Crake said:
My only concern with the top being the fans that pull out is that hot air would be going through my radiator for my x60 and to my understanding you need the airflow through the rad to cool the liquid and if it's pulling hot air through it defeats the purpose.


I use a x60 & my case has nearly the same fan configuration, and I use the same GPU, but the Ghz Edition. It doesn't defeat the purpose because as long as you're pushing hot air from the case inside in general, then you're doing the right thing. Another example, if you have the two bottom fans exhausting, what are you exhausting? you're pushing out and recycling the same air from the intake on the front of the case, and the hot air from the GPU isn't going to leave from the bottom much either as it were if you had the top fans on the radiator doing so, so basically your GPU is just throwing some heat onto your PSU and your bottom exhausts is simply doing nothing but clearing the dust on the ground. Yet if you had the bottom fans as intakes you'd bring fresh cool air from the ground (Science fact: Cool air sits at the bottom & hot air rises.) and it would pass to the GPU, also through the HDD/SSDs, & mobo, and then would exit along with the warmth that's dissipating from your components out the top. and the exhaust on the back of the case helps to always push air out from the heat rising from the GPU.
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April 16, 2014 8:14:21 PM

Saint Crake said:
My only concern with the top being the fans that pull out is that hot air would be going through my radiator for my x60 and to my understanding you need the airflow through the rad to cool the liquid and if it's pulling hot air through it defeats the purpose.


It doesn't appear to make a difference unless you are doing some serious OC. You could have the radiator as an intake, but this will produce positive pressure.
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