I'm in the middle of figuring out all the components to get for my m-ITX build. I'm currently considering getting...
- Bitfenix Prodigy case
- Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe mobo
- Phanteks PH-TC14PE cooler
- i5-3750k CPU
Pictures of Prodigy builds with PH-TC14PE or the similarly sized Noctua NH-D14 I've seen show that the front push fan doesn't fit in the case unless you take out the optical drive bay (where I would like to install a Blu-Ray drive). My only option is to have both fans in the pull direction. The middle fan would be behind the front set of fins and the back fan would be behind the back set of fans, which would directly blow out the case's back exhaust.
I'm wondering how that will affect cooling performance though. I would like to do up to mid-level OCing on my CPU (4.3-4.5 GHz), so while cooling is very important, I can probably sacrifice a few degrees C in cooling performance. If there is a huge hit in performance though, I would probably have to figure out some other cooling option.