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Would having side panel off help my current cooling situation any?

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Hello guys,
So my current case is fairly old and has a tiny little vent a the front for air to come in, and a 120mm vent at the back + the PSU for exhausting air.
Ever since i installed more memory and a new GPU in my computer the CPU temps went from around 36-40 to around 45-51 (Although the core that appears as 'core #0' in CoreTemp is always about 5 degrees hotter than the rest, so it varies from 49-58 and stabilizes around 51 at idle temps)

This has been going on for a while now and i havn't yet experienced really any major issues from this so i tend to ignore it. But earlier i had my computer running with the side panel off and it was a good 3-5 degrees cooler.
So what do you guys think? Having the side panel off removes the air flow in the case, but i already don't have much of an airflow with my current case?
post #2 of 4
TBH you probably should buy a new case with better ventilation, something like the antec 300 which is about $60 would be great. As far as leaving the side panel on or off what ever setup is giving you the best temps would be the way to go I think
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an open case has no airflow at all
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what are your ambient temps? in my exp, thats the most important thing when it comes to cooling. i once had a cosmos s with 4 fans intaking at 70cfm and 3 exhausting at 60cfm each at an ambient of 35c, and a no name case with 1 intake and exhaust 30cfm fan at an ambient of 27c. the no name case produced way better temps. good airflow is impt, but it will mainly come down to ambient temps.

anyway, just get a decent case with like 2-3 intakes and 2-3 exhaust fans.
Edited by Spade616 - 10/6/11 at 3:04am
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