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October 12, 2012 10:37:13 PM

I was doing some shopping and find that most PSU have a top mounted fan, does that mean i need to buy a new case if i'm currently using a PSU wih a rear mounted fan and want to plug and play a new PSU.

here is an example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 12, 2012 10:44:31 PM

travishill02 said:
I was doing some shopping and find that most PSU have a top mounted fan, does that mean i need to buy a new case if i'm currently using a PSU wih a rear mounted fan and want to plug and play a new PSU.

here is an example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

When you see the "top mounted fan", you're looking at the bottom of the psu
The 120mm fan is a selling point so they highlight
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October 13, 2012 12:13:51 AM

so the rest of the PSU is sealed and the air will flow out the back of the PSU where the cable is connected, I don't have to buy a new case?
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October 13, 2012 2:34:04 AM

No, you do not need to buy a new case.

If your case has the PSU mounted on top, mount the PSU with fan down. If it is going into a bottom mount case, you can choose either up or down. The PSU will mount either way. The large fan on that style PSU is an intake fan, as opposed to the exhaust fans of a rear-fan model.
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October 14, 2012 5:40:15 AM

Best answer selected by travishill02.
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