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Hey guys I just got 3 new fans for my CM690 II Advanced!

I'm just trying to figure out if the airflow in my case is good or how I could improve it. I'm also unsure if the CPU Cooler is considered an intake,exhaust or neither.

I don't have any fans on the side panel because the metal grill causes any fan I put there to hum very loudly. I'm planning on getting a GTX 570 and was wondering if the lack of a side fan and the current fan placements I have will help or hinder the graphics card cooling.

Many thanks for those taking the time to read the wall of text.



CPU Cooler
Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm @1850rpm (57cfm)

Exhaust
Top(right) Thermalright TY-140 140mm @ 1300rpm (74cfm)
Top(left) Thermalright TY-140 140mm @ 700rpm (no idea)
Rear: Stock CM690 120mm (44fcm)

Intake
Front: Stock CM690 140mm (61cfm)
Bottom: Stock CM690 140mm (61cfm)


If you are wondering why I have the Thermalright 140mm set to 700rpm it's because it starts making annoying humming noises on higher rpms, the problem is case or airflow related as it works perfectly by itself on my desk.


*Damn Thermalright 140mm fans with 120mm holes don't fit properly, had to improvise... with twist ties








Edited by OrangeBunnies - 5/21/11 at 7:36am
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post #2 of 17
Get another fan behing the cpu cooler. And use foam between the side panel fan and the side panel so it absorbs the vibration.
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Another fan on Hyper 212+ is really not worth it, it's not a heatsink with dense fin placement so one push fan on the 212+ and one pull on the case is perfectly fine.
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Edited by 10halec - 5/21/11 at 3:35pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 10halec View Post
The OP has a Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm, not the CM 212+
He has Hyper 212+ heatsink, as you can clearly see in his sig AND the photo, accompanied by Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850RPM 120mm (GT AP-15) fan on it.

Anyway, I have played a bit with this case (here's the topic) before I had to leave it to my brother and what I've found to work best is:
top-left - blocked/left empty
top-right - intake
rear - exhaust
front - intake
bottom - intake if dust is not a problem, else left empty
side-top - blocked/left empty
side-bottom - intake
Along with that, assuming you will get a hotter graphic card, remove PCI slot covers below your card and mount a 120mm fan (blowing towards the graphic card) on the HDD bay.
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hey i have the same case, but it seems to me that you have more exhaust than intake.

IMO, you should change it to more intake than exhaust to reduce dust inside and overall better cooling.

You can use your low cfm fans for exhaust and the high cfm for intake.

This isnt mandatory but just a recommendation.

Oh, and if you are only going to use 1 or two hard drives, you can just remove the bottom cage, you can put another 120mm fan in there and less objects obstructing your front intake fan
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You could also try placing the heatsink vertically, so the fan pushes the air upwards, while having the 2 top fans as exhaust if that makes sense.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Romanrp View Post
You could also try placing the heat sink vertically, so the fan pushes the air upwards, while having the 2 top fans as exhaust if that makes sense.
While that would work with his current graphic card, it doesn't make sense with his planned purchase of GTX 570 as that card is quite much bigger than his current 9400GT and it will split 690 II into two airflow zones - top, for CPU and bottom, for GPU.
Another thing to take into consideration is the fact 570's aren't exactly cold (albeit not as hot as 4xx) and taking the hot air right off GPU's back-plate wouldn't do CPU temperatures any favors.
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This is the way I would have it, or at least test it to check out the temps of the setup. I believe it would work pretty well though. The only fan for exhaust I would use would be the 1 TY-140 at the top rear.
 
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Here is my set up.Attachment 211758. I am using no exhaust fans. Remove the PCI slot covers. My temps are great! I have used tons of diff fan set up's and so far this one has proven to be the best thus far. I used This sticky foam sheets to all fans, and block off the top rear fan spot. best of luck..not in the pick but I use a side fan as an intake. I also used TY-140's for the front most intake, and the side pannel intake.

TheWaster's post made me want to post more about my case flow. Your going to end up with two flow zones, a top and bottom. Make sure your PSU is flipped upside down, so it pulls air from outside the bottom of the case and blows it out the back. Remove or replace PCI slot covers with the mesh/free flow ones. The Idea behind using no exhaust fans is great for 2 reasons. First less fans=less noise, second if you use a second Air filter on all the intake's and dont run exhaust youll have next to no dust problems dont worry about hot air rising. with a small encloser such as a PC case and fans blowing air around the hot air will go where its told.

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