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I'd agree: raise the fan. Before you do that, test the temps in its current config, then test the temps with the raised-fan config.

 

One thing I learned somewhere is that non-aerodynamic obstructions can actually interact. That's why I removed my own slot pillars.

 

One thing you might try is a temporary cardboard partition that separates the cpu space from the gpu space. Then you wouldn't have to worry about mixing.

 

Sometime I wonder if cases that allow two side panel fans would be useful in the following way: one fan that blows air from outside into the air intake for the gpu card; another side panel fan set forward, to draw the hot air ejected from the gpu out of the case. Maybe even a duct that drives air into the gpu card air intake . . .

 

Dunno exactly. Since gpu cards set up complex airflows, coping with them is comparably complex.

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Wouldn't the side intake fan pull in warm air expelled by the other? That seems to be the consensus around the internets. tongue.gif
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For the HAF912, do you think it's a better idea to have a CM BM at the rear exhaust fan slot and the TY-140 in the 5.25 bay or the opposite? only thing is, I can't fit the TY-140 to the back, so it has to be closer to the heatsink (if that makes any difference for intake), whereas I can push the CM BM all the way back to the end.
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Wouldn't the side intake fan pull in warm air expelled by the other? That seems to be the consensus around the internets. tongue.gif

 

It might, which is why I'd want to use louvers sending exhaust up and pulling intake from below.

 

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For the HAF912, do you think it's a better idea to have a CM BM at the rear exhaust fan slot and the TY-140 in the 5.25 bay or the opposite? only thing is, I can't fit the TY-140 to the back, so it has to be closer to the heatsink (if that makes any difference for intake), whereas I can push the CM BM all the way back to the end.

 

By all means put the 140mm fan in front. Personally, I'd go with a nibbler, cut out the rear grill so you won't have to deal with the noise of a rear fan. One less fan.

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I see I am not the only one who took out unused HDD racks for better airflow from the intake fan thumb.gif
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Hmm tried it, didn't seem to make much of a difference... might have to go to the next step and just cut out that grill. For people who did it, what kind of temperature drop did you get? I'm hoping ~3c for it to be worth it, but I guess the reduced noise is a plus too
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I'd agree: raise the fan. Before you do that, test the temps in its current config, then test the temps with the raised-fan config.

One thing I learned somewhere is that non-aerodynamic obstructions can actually interact. That's why I removed my own slot pillars.

One thing you might try is a temporary cardboard partition that separates the cpu space from the gpu space. Then you wouldn't have to worry about mixing.

Sometime I wonder if cases that allow two side panel fans would be useful in the following way: one fan that blows air from outside into the air intake for the gpu card; another side panel fan set forward, to draw the hot air ejected from the gpu out of the case. Maybe even a duct that drives air into the gpu card air intake . . .

Dunno exactly. Since gpu cards set up complex airflows, coping with them is comparably complex.

Ok. Actually the pic I've posted earlier is not yet updated. I alreaady have a stiff plastic in between the CPU space and GPU space. It is exactly leveled with the board of the GPU, is that the right way to do it? With that stiff plastic installed, I'm assuming it is still beneficial to raise the TY140, yes?

Also, how do you remove those pillars?
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I see I am not the only one who took out unused HDD racks for better airflow from the intake fan thumb.gif

But if I do that, I won't be able to mount my TY140 in the mid part of the case since it won't cling into anything frown.gif
Edited by kevindd992002 - 4/20/12 at 10:54pm
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I see I am not the only one who took out unused HDD racks for better airflow from the intake fan thumb.gif

 

My rig

 

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Hmm tried it, didn't seem to make much of a difference... might have to go to the next step and just cut out that grill. For people who did it, what kind of temperature drop did you get? I'm hoping ~3c for it to be worth it, but I guess the reduced noise is a plus too

 

I do it for the noise: one less fan at the back and all the fans can be lower rpm.

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I'd agree: raise the fan. Before you do that, test the temps in its current config, then test the temps with the raised-fan config.

One thing I learned somewhere is that non-aerodynamic obstructions can actually interact. That's why I removed my own slot pillars.

One thing you might try is a temporary cardboard partition that separates the cpu space from the gpu space. Then you wouldn't have to worry about mixing.

Sometime I wonder if cases that allow two side panel fans would be useful in the following way: one fan that blows air from outside into the air intake for the gpu card; another side panel fan set forward, to draw the hot air ejected from the gpu out of the case. Maybe even a duct that drives air into the gpu card air intake . . .

Dunno exactly. Since gpu cards set up complex airflows, coping with them is comparably complex.

Ok. Actually the pic I've posted earlier is not yet updated. I alreaady have a stiff plastic in between the CPU space and GPU space. It is exactly leveled with the board of the GPU, is that the right way to do it? With that stiff plastic installed, I'm assuming it is still beneficial to raise the TY140, yes?

Also, how do you remove those pillars?
 

 

How is that partition working out? Stiff plastic is definitely the way to make a permanent partition.

 

Raising and lowering the TY-140? Only testing will tell whether  you get higher or lower temps.

 

I removed my slot pillars with this nibbler.

 

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I'd agree: raise the fan. Before you do that, test the temps in its current config, then test the temps with the raised-fan config.

One thing I learned somewhere is that non-aerodynamic obstructions can actually interact. That's why I removed my own slot pillars.

One thing you might try is a temporary cardboard partition that separates the cpu space from the gpu space. Then you wouldn't have to worry about mixing.

Sometime I wonder if cases that allow two side panel fans would be useful in the following way: one fan that blows air from outside into the air intake for the gpu card; another side panel fan set forward, to draw the hot air ejected from the gpu out of the case. Maybe even a duct that drives air into the gpu card air intake . . .

Dunno exactly. Since gpu cards set up complex airflows, coping with them is comparably complex.

Ok. Actually the pic I've posted earlier is not yet updated. I alreaady have a stiff plastic in between the CPU space and GPU space. It is exactly leveled with the board of the GPU, is that the right way to do it? With that stiff plastic installed, I'm assuming it is still beneficial to raise the TY140, yes?

Also, how do you remove those pillars?
 

 

How is that partition working out? Stiff plastic is definitely the way to make a permanent partition.

 

Raising and lowering the TY-140? Only testing will tell whether  you get higher or lower temps.

 

I removed my slot pillars with this nibbler.

 


Not really sure if the stiff plastic it dropped my CPU/GPU temps since I did not test before and after installing it. But basically, I know it will be beneficial, right?

Ok, I will just test raising the TY140 this coming week.

If you remove your slot pillars, you're removing the potential adding any more PCI cards or anything in the case, right?
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