[SOLVED] Corsair 280x fan/aio configuration

lolermanlols123

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Hi all,

Currently, I have a B450M Steel Legend motherboard from Asrock and the Corsair 280x case. I plan on getting an aio and some fans, what fan and aio configuration/placement would be optimal for this situation?
 

Phaaze88

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Front intake, top exhaust.
As for the AIO, pick your poison; there's a tradeoff regardless.
Front mounted AIO: cooler cpu temps, warmer gpu temps
Top mounted AIO: warmer cpu temps, cooler gpu temps
Bottom: if you put any fans/rads here, it's just for aesthetics. Airflow through here is very poor.
 

Phaaze88

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Front intake, top exhaust.
As for the AIO, pick your poison; there's a tradeoff regardless.
Front mounted AIO: cooler cpu temps, warmer gpu temps
Top mounted AIO: warmer cpu temps, cooler gpu temps
Bottom: if you put any fans/rads here, it's just for aesthetics. Airflow through here is very poor.
 

lolermanlols123

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Front intake, top exhaust.
As for the AIO, pick your poison; there's a tradeoff regardless.
Front mounted AIO: cooler cpu temps, warmer gpu temps
Top mounted AIO: warmer cpu temps, cooler gpu temps
Bottom: if you put any fans/rads here, it's just for aesthetics. Airflow through here is very poor.
How much would vrm temps differ between a top and front mounted aio?
 

Phaaze88

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I couldn't really say by how much, only that it would be warmer compared to if the rad were mounted at the front of the case.

A top mounted rad creates extra air resistance and the heat coming off of the VRM wouldn't be able to get out of the case as quickly.
Also, because it's a liquid cooler, those same VRMs aren't getting the more direct cooling naturally provided by air coolers.

Unless you're about to put a 3900X in there, it should be alright.
 
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I am using 2 intake in front, to exhaust at top my AIO is also placed at the top as the exhaust and i use a 3900x and a rtx 2060 that seems fine for me but i am going to get some fans for intake on the bottom to help cool the GPU a bit more and ill see how that affects the cpu temps but so far not had problems with my CPU getting hot
 

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