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post #1 of 16
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Hey guys!

I recently completed a new computer build. I replaced everything but my CASE, thinking my case was good enough. Well, after playing the BF3 beta, I noticed my stuff getting hotter than I would like. I am trying to figure out if it is due to bad case air flow.

I am looking for another case that is better laid out for nice air flow. I use a closed loop hydro cooler, so my exhaust will need to be vented from the top and not the back. Therefore dual top vents are preferred. Also, I am trying to find a case that gives me better spacing for cable management. Especially, between my front components (CD, etc) and motherboard.

Sound is also one of my bigger factors. I would like a case that hides some of the fan noise if possible.

Currently my case is packed full given my Graphic card SLI and not having much room for cable management. I would really like to get better air flow going on if possible.

Here is my current case: (Antec P182)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129025

I have x2 120mm fans pulling air in the front, x2 120mm fans set up in a push pull config pulling through my radiator in the back, and a single 120mm fan exhausting air out the back.

Thank you for reading this and for any suggestions you can lend me.
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post #2 of 16
Which stuff specifically is getting hotter than you'd like? And set a price range.

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post #3 of 16
The Cooler Master HAF-X will do great in terms of cooling, but I don't know how it would do in the sound department

The Fractal Design Define XL will also perform greatly, and has the added bonus of sound dampening
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by LuckySe7ens View Post
Which stuff specifically is getting hotter than you'd like? And set a price range.

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My H60 is keeping my CPU cooled just fine, but the back of the PSU (Corsair tx850) gets so hot I can not touch it, and my Video cards are reaching 95c.

My budget would be from anything to $200 USD. I rather spend a few bones than have my entire rig fry on BF3 in a week.
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post #5 of 16
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The Cooler Master HAF-X will do great in terms of cooling, but I don't know how it would do in the sound department

The Fractal Design Define XL will also perform greatly, and has the added bonus of sound dampening
Thanks Moop, I will check these out now.
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post #6 of 16
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These two options look nice. Wish the HAF-X would support at least one external 3.5 bay though. ANy other options that offer plenty of room and cooling inside?

I have noticed on my case, that the air filters play a big role in blocking air flow. Also, there is no vent on the bottom for my PSU is it relys on the cool air coming across my hard drives.
Edited by Askeptic - 10/18/11 at 1:14pm
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post #7 of 16
Nzxt h2 could be an option.

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post #8 of 16
Cooler Master HAF 932. You need to get your own dust filters for that though.
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post #9 of 16
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Cooler Master HAF 932. You need to get your own dust filters for that though.
Cooler Master HAF 932 is nice choice.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by wongwarren View Post
Cooler Master HAF 932. You need to get your own dust filters for that though.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11...-_4_Piece.html

Pricey for filters.

Themeraltake chaser already has filters. About the same price as the haf 932
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