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Does having the sides off a case reduce or increase the heat of the computer?

See, I am missing the sides of my case and while dust @ hair are consistent problems, I do try keep it clean. I am just wondering am I running at a hotter temp then I should by keeping it open.

P.S. Does anyone know where I can buy just sides of a CM690?
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I wouldn't say that it directly makes your computer hotter, but it stops air being passed through your case quickly. Because of this, air will linger longer and overtime will get hotter and hotter. I would recommend putting something on the side of your case to help the hot air to be pushed out.

Did a quick search and I could only find a windowed side panel
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...source=froogle
 
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Originally Posted by dwmcfall View Post
Does having the sides off a case reduce or increase the heat of the computer?

See, I am missing the sides of my case and while dust @ hair are consistent problems, I do try keep it clean. I am just wondering am I running at a hotter temp then I should by keeping it open.

P.S. Does anyone know where I can buy just sides of a CM690?
Unless a case is really a crappy case, a typical decent case usually is designed with good airflow to provide better cooling when the side panels are on.

And, your CM690 is more than a decent case. So, you will have better cooling if you use the side panels.

I imagine you are in the US and the CM Store is the best place. Currently you can buy a replacement for just US$10 per side.
Here for the left side: http://cmstore.coolermaster-usa.com/...roducts_id=338
Here for the right side: http://cmstore.coolermaster-usa.com/...roducts_id=337
Edited by windfire - 5/15/11 at 8:30am
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I'm not sure which 690 mine is, does that matter? I know its not the 690 II adv because mine has a different top. I have the one with the thumb screws that hold the door in place. with the flat mesh top.
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I'm not sure which 690 mine is, does that matter? I know its not the 690 II adv because mine has a different top. I have the one with the thumb screws that hold the door in place. with the flat mesh top.
I do not think the side panels of a 690 is interchangeable with a 690 II but I am not 100% sure.

To confirm which version is your 690, click into the following link. Under Mid Tower CM 690 Series, CM lists all versions of the 690.
Link: http://www.coolermaster.com/category.php?category_id=17

I think yours is the 'CM 690' version. Look at the pictures to confirm.
Here is another review with lots of pics: http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/121...ure/index.html

I do see that it uses thumb screws to hold the panels and the top is flat mesh.
The left and right side panels that I linked above are for this version.

Edit 1:
There is a toll free number of CM that you can call them to confirm for you: 1-888-624-5099 (number for CM Store)
Edited by windfire - 5/15/11 at 4:30pm
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It is the reg 690 series. I can tell by how to top of the back looks. flat no groves like the rest. Is this still a good case? I bought it for my first self built PC, but this one I want to be better then my last as far as overall choices. It's this or going to the Lian Li A70(?) its around $100 bucks. I like it because it is light with flat lines, nothing "flashy" never been my style.

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It is the reg 690 series. I can tell by how to top of the back looks. flat no groves like the rest. Is this still a good case? I bought it for my first self built PC, but this one I want to be better then my last as far as overall choices. It's this or going to the Lian Li A70(?) its around $100 bucks. I like it because it is light with flat lines, nothing "flashy" never been my style.

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IMHO, the airflow design is still very good for even the basic version of 690. I think it is even better than the Lian Li A70's. Unless you want the look of the A70, you better keep the 690.

And, it might be some other Lian Li model that you are thinking as the A70 is selling at around US$180-200.
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