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Optimal mounting HD for best cooling?

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vtec96

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Ok, pretty simple question ...

I originally planned to mount my HD in a 5 1/2" bay and use the adapters so that I would have better cooling from top and bottom and the sides too....and that the bay above would be empty too.....

Now with my Antec-type 1040 case, there are 2 3 1/2" cages and 2 intake fans in the front, one of them directly in front of the 3 1/2" cage! This is when I though that if I mount the HD in the bottom cage, in front of the 39CFM Sunon intake fan, it would probably cool much more that just having it mounted on top bay with more room for cooling?

Which would be a better place to mount the HD? I was thinking of a HD cooler soon, but for now will have to choose one of the above... Thanks :burn:
 

Iron Hawk

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Many of the cases available today are set up to have a fan or two blowing accross a 3.5inch cage. This is purposely done for the cooling of harddrives. If I were you I would place it in the 3-1/2 inch rack and use the fan for cooling.
 

Cougar522

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i have the same case and noticed that also. It is a great case, I like it alot. Switching the HD and the floppy would be a good idea to use the fan that is there. Also because it is lower in the case it will be cooler in theory.

Cougar522
 
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vtec96

vtec96

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Great, thanks for the advise.... Sounds like its going in the 3 1/2" bay with a nice 39CFM cooling in front :D
 

trdsw20

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I would think that by doing this your blowing in air thats already past by your HD. It certainly is a great place to put it but you might be sacraficing your ventilation for your CPU. I guess just try it out and see if the CPU temp raises. However, if this isnt the main concern then go for it.