SG13B SFF Case Question about CPU Cooler & PSU Positioning

Gucci

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Hello Everyone, long time reader, first time poster here with a question/issue I would like some help with.

I ordered an SG13B-Q case and it will be here next week, specs below:

http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=536


One thing that worries me is the fact that the PSU location will be pretty much directly above the CPU Cooler.

I was originally planning to use the Noctua NH-L9i (low profile Air cooler) based on the crazy reviews and ratings ive found on it, specs below:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608029

The other CPU cooler option is a pre-made liquid cooling loop with a radiator etc.

I would prefer the air cooler however my fear is that the air cooler pulling air down, with the PSU directly above pulling air up (literally 2 inches above it) will cause some sort of issue with the fans/cooling ability of one of the devices.

Are top mounted PSUs able to be installed upside down to draw air in? Would that cause any issues? Should I reverse the fan on the CPU cooler to draw up instead? would that work if Noctua sells it and recommends it to blow down?

Basically I am looking for info from anyone that has installed a PSU directly above an Air CPU cooler and has tried one or more of the above configurations....

Any insight is greatly appreciated, thank you!
 

Vittra

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Hello Everyone, long time reader, first time poster here with a question/issue I would like some help with.

I ordered an SG13B-Q case and it will be here next week, specs below:

http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=536


One thing that worries me is the fact that the PSU location will be pretty much directly above the CPU Cooler.

I was originally planning to use the Noctua NH-L9i (low profile Air cooler) based on the crazy reviews and ratings ive found on it, specs below:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608029

The other CPU cooler option is a pre-made liquid cooling loop with a radiator etc.

I would prefer the air cooler however my fear is that the air cooler pulling air down, with the PSU directly above pulling air up (literally 2 inches above it) will cause some sort of issue with the fans/cooling ability of one of the devices.

Are top mounted PSUs able to be installed upside down to draw air in? Would that cause any issues? Should I reverse the fan on the CPU cooler to draw up instead? would that work if Noctua sells it and recommends it to blow down?

Basically I am looking for info from anyone that has installed a PSU directly above an Air CPU cooler and has tried one or more of the above configurations....

Any insight is greatly appreciated, thank you!

Yes. The top panel has ventilation above where the PSU mounts to give you the option of doing so.
 
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