Question O11XL side push pull vs top push OR pull

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Hello I have question I can’t seem to decide how I want to set up my radiator and fan set up. I have enough fans to do push pull however with my Motherboard I can’t fit push pull if I top mound the radiator. The main question is would a side push pull (6 fans) be better than a top push or pull(3 fans)? I have a H150i rad and ML120 pro fans plus the default fans from the rad. I’m doing bottom intake and back outtake. I have two commander pros (before I realized I could just use splitters) to do all 13 fans lol if I want. My cpu will probably be a 5900x when I can get my hands on one and gpu a 6800xt or Nvidia equivalent preferably a 12-16gb 3070 TI. I can’t seem to decide what option is better as I know most say to top mount the rad but would push pull side be better or equivalent?
 

Phaaze88

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Just do pull.
VS push: Push introduces some air blowback against the radiator. A minor thing, but still... not quite as efficient.
VS push-pull: This is only really effective on big ol' 60mm thick custom liquid radiators and the like. It's just needless cable clutter for no real gain on these hybrid coolers.

As for top exhaust Vs side intake hybrid, you'll have to pick your poison:
Top exhaust will favor gpu cooling.
Side intake will favor cpu cooling.
 

HappyTrails

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Would maybe say this case is flexible you can do what makes you happiest. Have seen combinations I not understand so well but still nice to see people trying different setups,. For me I prefer push pull. Have all fans control separate so have tried different speeds to see effects. This seem splitting hairs. Here is my pc not quiet finish but maybe fit an idea for you. Maybe you notice how close my mobo is to top rad fans. Fit comfortable but must admit was snug to plug in top power connections. It work out pretty well did not want gaps. XL is little different than regular with space. Could only fit the 40mm topside, bottom could fit 60mm but decide for another match 40mm instead think it work well for my setup.

 
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I may try again to get the push pull to work on the top rad spot. Do you think it would be better to set up the rad than try to plug in the power cables or the other way around? I have an aours x570 master.

If I can’t fit the push pull on top do you guys think with my set up would it be more beneficial to prioritize the cpu temp or gpu temp?

Damn that’s one nice looking PC you have there btw.
 
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Than again if I just use three fans then they will all be the ml120 fans plus it’s already a mess of wires to manage. Also if I do just pull on top than I can have each fan be individually managed as I have two commander pros
 

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I may try again to get the push pull to work on the top rad spot. Do you think it would be better to set up the rad than try to plug in the power cables or the other way around? I have an aours x570 master.

If I can’t fit the push pull on top do you guys think with my set up would it be more beneficial to prioritize the cpu temp or gpu temp?

Damn that’s one nice looking PC you have there btw.
Thanks! Aorus master very nice mobo. Looking back yes you are right, when I build pc was concerned with leak testing system so didn't want to plug in any power. But my PSU is the modular so I could have just unplug I not sure what I was thinking, maybe was overthinking :)

When first build system I expected the gpu to be hotter but turns out its the cpu. Thinking that maybe cpu temp priority may work out better because water cool gpu should always run cooler temps.
 
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In my case the gpu will not be water cooled so I’m not sure. If I do top pull you won’t really see the lights on the fan I believe
 

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