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Last response: in Overclocking
July 29, 2012 6:15:47 PM

Case : Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Nvidia Edition
MOBO : Sabertooth z77
Graphics card : HD 6970 Gigabyte 3x Windforce
Processor : Intel Ivy Bridge 3770K
Storage : 120 GB 300 Series Intel SSD
750 W PSU .

I use H100 for CPU ,

and basically i was not able to put the Radiator with even single side fan config on the top side of the case, so i had to resort to bottom PUSH & PULL [ exhaust ]

now iam wondering if i can reverse it into intake ? , will that mean blowing hot air from radiator into the case?

the mobo is a really good thermal resistant one , and cpu has a water cooling , all i need to do is make sure my GPU is cool

and there is positive air flow ..

help/advice is highly appreciated

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a b K Overclocking
July 30, 2012 12:34:18 AM

Im no expert when it comes to water cooling. why dont you have the fans on top exhausting? as heat does rise, its easier to pull it out of the top and back, and cooler air from the bottom.
a b K Overclocking
August 1, 2012 5:30:19 AM

Yes heat rises, but put a simple fan in a computer case and hot air will blow where ever the fan is pushing it. If you had a case with no fans and could only pick one side to place holes then yes the top would be ideal. But once you set up airflow the heat rising doesn't really matter.

To answer the OP. Yes you can reverse it to intake cool ambient air thus cooling your CPU better. And yes this will push the now created hot air into the case. That's the trade off for having lower temps on those cpu water loops. Typically isn't to big of a deal if you can exhaust the hot air efficiently. Which in your case might not be easy. The hot air will be pushed up and then back to the graphics card ultimately leading to higher GPU temps. Question is how hot is to hot for you? All depends on the temp and amount of hot air coming off that radiator.

Best bet is to test it. Do a bunch of idle and load test with your current set up and record your temps (room temp too). Then turn the fans around on the radiator and test again. See if the difference is worth it to you.

Keep in mind too if you do this you may want to re-think your airflow situation. If you end up keeping *4 fans on the radiator as intake then I'd suggest flipping the top fans to exhaust. Not because hot air rises, but because it will give a better direction of airflow. Bottom front intaking air and being pushed in the general direction of top/back, then the top/back fans will help facilitate this hopefully removing the hot air quicker.

PHhewww..lots of typing. Hope I helped. I found out this sort of thing mostly comes down to testing various configurations to find out what works best for you and your components.

Good luck.