Side mounted fan is better than top down. It vents air in one direction, allowing you to aim it at a vent instead of letting hot air circulating in the case. Cpu fans always suck air and blow it into the heatsink. If a side mounted fan is mounted on one side, air is blowing out the opposite side.
Thanks for those links, I had seen the 2nd one before but not the 1st, that’s a dam nice build. The way those reservoirs are mounted is dead cool.
18 drive bays is overkill for what I’m after however 9-12 wont cut it.
Looking at putting 2x 5 slot hot swappable HD caddies in the bottom 3 bays of each side, 2 optical drives, 2-3 fan controllers and 2-3 reservoirs (depending on how many loops go in) and now looking at a front intake fan or 2.
I want to mount 2 rads on the top of the case and use push+pull fans on each, with the 3rd possible rad mounted using the case’s option mounting tool. I’m sure I could do all this inside but I’m in the lucky position of noise and space not being an issue to me plus want to make it look pretty/custom.
One day a phase change unit may end up living inside the cube but that’s a long way off.
Thanks again for the links, any advice on my fan issue? If I go for 2 front mounted ones and 3-5 rears, do I want high flow fronts and lower on the back?