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Alright, first of all I'll apologize if I posted this in the wrong forum. I was debating on putting this either in case mod or this air cooling forum but it seems to do more with air cooling than modding my case. So I threw it here... Haha.

I was thinkin of goin with water cooling but I decided against it since I can already hit 5Ghz and I can't really afford to watercool my GPUs. So this is a weird little blueprint I drew up.

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As you can see from my awesome diagram, the red are things I want to modify and blue are things that are already in place.

I'm thinking about removing my back fan. I hear and have seen that it runs better without the back exhaust fan and that would also free up a fan controller plug for me.

I also want to remove that large HDD cage and replace it with the smaller one, which will take a bit of drilling and crap but I think it could be worth it. Sadly the small cage only holds 2 HDDs, so I'll have to throw one into one of the 5.25 drive bays I have open and find somewhere fancy to put my SSDs. But doing that will allow more air to come in from my front fan. I've been debating on replacing that front fan with something that actually fits, cuz the TY-140 is a little too big to fit in there so I can just take that fan and add it onto my Heatsink and run 3 fans on there.

Once I replace the cage I can then put 2 extra fans to draw air from the bottom of the case where you see those little hole thingies and also put an extra one on the small cage to blow at my GPUs since that's the thing that's been running a little hot.

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Now I also want to cut this hole to be a bit bigger and keep the grill there. I really wanted a window there but I'd rather keep the grill there for better airflow. Unless the window would somehow get better airflow, not sure how but then again I'm not a scientist.

Yes, I know this will be a little loud, but that's what fan controllers and headphones are for right? Like I have it right now, it's super quiet just until I turn my fans up when I do video rendering that runs the CPU hard or if I'm gaming, but then I'll have headphones on. Of course I still want to keep it quiet, but I'd rather have good performance instead, yaya?

TL : DR... What do you think of my plan to modify my case and what fans do you suggest for me?

Thanks!
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Well, no replies yet sadly... But I just went ahead and cut the side panel to the size of the grill. I like it, haha.
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What temps? Also, which way are the fans pushing the air? With a 5Ghz on air, I'd be pretty happy.
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um.. I would say adding the 200mm side fan will do you a world of good
the 2 bottom fans is kinda useless, you're better off adding a fan in the 5.25" drive bays
if you remove the back fan the you MUST remove the back grill, otherwise KEEP the back fan, just replace it with a better one with a higher static pressure.
I have a phantom myself if you look in my sig and have tested most of what i told you. cept for cutting out the back grill which i will be doing soon
   
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um.. I would say adding the 200mm side fan will do you a world of good
the 2 bottom fans is kinda useless, you're better off adding a fan in the 5.25" drive bays
if you remove the back fan the you MUST remove the back grill, otherwise KEEP the back fan, just replace it with a better one with a higher static pressure.
I have a phantom myself if you look in my sig and have tested most of what i told you. cept for cutting out the back grill which i will be doing soon

Every single fan is intake, exhaust for the back exhaust one.

I can't really put the side 200mm fan on cuz I just cut out the metal inside the grill. Also, it doesn't fit cuz my CPU Heatsink is way too freakin big.

I can't really fit a fan in the drive bay, especially if I decide to switch to the smaller cage. As of right now I have 3/5 drive bays occupied, then if I use the smaller cage I'll need to throw a HDD in there as well.

You really don't think that putting fans at the bottom will do any good for it? It's just that the way it's setup now isn't too bad, but my GPU idles at 50c with fan at 40%. My max load temps on the CPU during P95 is 88. The reason I really want to get temps down a bit more is that when I decide to Crossfire my 6950 with another one, it'll heat up quite a bit. Moving my GPU down to the x8 slot away from the CPU Heatsink dropped the temps of my CPU down 2c.

What do you recommend using to cut out the back? I used a pair of metal cutting scissor things to do the side and it looks like crap, but it's hard to see with the grill on there. So I kind of want the back to look nice.
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i suggest a nibbler, as those don't leave shavings and are cleaner. something like the klein nibbler would leave things nice and clean. I know the side fan wouldn't fit but it could go on the outside, not that it matters since its cut out already. I personally didn't see much of any temp changes adding bottom fans so i figured there's no point in adding more noise. However I WOULD suggest unplugging the bottom fans and see if you see a change. if the temps increase then plug them back in. Each case is different so it might work for yours. If a regular fan won't fit in the 5.25" drive bays, would a 80mm fit? if not I guess you could just make the top front an intake and block the back top fan and cut out the back grill and don't have a fan. let your cooler exhaust for you and have the rest as intake. probably the best way to go. all intake and passive exhaust
   
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