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Hi guys

I'm the proud and relatively happy owner of a Silverstone TJ05. I like this case and I don't want to exchange it for another one until I have to. I do feel my case isn't exactly God's gift to airflow however, and I've been considering adding a few fans for a while now. Specifically intake fans in the bottom of the case.

This is the standard airflow through a TJ05. It's true that there is three 80mm possibilities in the case, but I find that with air filters, and the obstruction from the side of the case, these do little to improve anything in terms of positive air pressure.

In this picture you can see what I'm planning. I want to add a number of fans in the bottom of the case, to take in cool air from the room. To prevent creating a pocket of hot air behind the optical drives, that can't escape, I'm also planning to add either a fan or simply a grille in the top of the case.

The question is, what to do at the bottom. I have about 364 milimeters to work with, and before anyone suggests the obvious, I can't fit 180mm fans in there Would if I could, it is a Silverstone case after all.

The second most obvious thing, I suppose, would be to add three 120mm fans. I've measured the bottom a few times, and I will be able to fit them. The trick is I have to be very accurate when cutting the case, and I don't know if I'll be able to pull that off. I'm not exactly the case mod authority here. Furthermore, too high positive pressure isn't a good thing either, especially when the case has so much room inside it, that I'm worrying about trapping turbulence in the first place.

Third there's two 140mm or two 120mm fans, and here I find there's a lot of possibilities. Note that 1**x38mm fans are out of the question. They will end up covering the bottom bit of the mobo.

So what do you guys think is most sensible. I can tell you the fan in the top of the case will probably be a single ow noise 140mm.

Thanks for reading.
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post #2 of 5
Add a 140 or 120mm fan into your 5.25" drive bays like this or by buying an adapter. Also, think about using those 120mm fan slots over your PCI-e slots.

You might want to try removing your exhaust fan and see what it does to temps. I can't promise it'll work but ehume swears by it.
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post #3 of 5
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Thank you for the suggestion rock. Nice picture.

Unfortunately, that won't work. Mainly because the front of the case has a door on it that completely covers the 5.25" bays. There won't be a place for such a fan to draw air from unfortunately. But there's also the problem that the bays are in use. There's four of them in all and I'm using two for optical drives, and I intend to add a fan controller and a HDD silencer that requires a free 5,25" bay.
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post #4 of 5
On mine just using an Ultra Kaze 3000 on the back exhaust provides more than enough airflow and the case does an excellent job of quieting it. combine that with just 3 regular 80mms and a decent 120mm on the intake. One caveat though the 80mm on the hdd bay is a pain in the ass to instal and once it is in there is no way to get it back out short of using a dremmel to cut it out, so don't skimp on that fan
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im also using the same case, it's a good looking case. i also added a 120mm fan into the 5.25 driver bays. it improves the cooling
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