Thanks for all the great responses guys I really appreciate the help, I will look over all of the suggestions and see what works for me. +rep for all those who took the time to make the pictures in paint/photoshop, you know who you are.
Originally Posted by Thewaster;13588190
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.
I will certainly give this a try, looks very promising. I can't believe I didn't think about using the top as an intake, guess I got too caught up in "heat rises, must put top fan as exhaust!!" What makes this worse is I just took a thermodynamics course
For those who are unsure about using the top as an intake you need not worry about it as heat rising is due to natural convection and is very weak compared to forced convection, especially in such a confined space as a computer case.
Awesome pictures by the way, great for lazy people who don't like reading.
Originally Posted by KhaoticKomputing;13591635
Here is my set up.[ATTACH]211758[/ATTACH]. 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.
What fan do you use on your side panel? I have added rubber feet to some of my fans, but I don't think it's vibrations that's making noise, I've held the fan close to the metal grill on the side panel and it makes a loud humming noise(much more prevelent with TY-140 than with the stock 140mm fans, but it does not make the noise if I pull it about 3cm from the grill. I can only conclude that the metal grill is causing the airflow to become turblant and thus make the loud humming noise, I have considered using a wire cutter to clip off the metal grill, I used a cardboard cutout to see if it would improve, it did not. It seems I would have to cut away some of the mounting holes as well, unfortunately I don't have a dremel. I think I will just leave the side fans empty and use the support bracket for the vga.
Originally Posted by TH3 original;13588228
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
I was under the impression that having a negative pressure case would make the system cooler according to this thread
. And that a positive pressure case would create pockets of hot air.
Excuse the terrible paint editing, here's what I had in mind for the fan placements, I will remove the hard-drive caddies but not the cage as it will be need to mount a 140mm and I will block the top-rear with cardboard, although I'm not convinced that is entirely necessary :Edited by OrangeBunnies - 5/22/11 at 11:34am