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Hey all

I need some advice on my air cooling setup. Mostly the fan directions.

Ambient temp is 70f/21C

With my fans as they are now the cpu is 32~34c idle and about 50c under load. Same with gpu temp.

Please excuse the basic diagram, made it in paint, have other things to do so I wanted it done quickly.

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Case is Azza Solano 1000R, fan directions are as it came, with the exception of the 120mm fan on the bottom (intake), which I'm unsure about. I'm guessing that having it blow upward might be counterproductive as the GPU is near and it's fan blows down into the PSU. I'm also wondering about positive vs negative pressure etc, and if I have enough exhaust fans.

Thanks in advance.
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Actually, your diagram and fan setup as it is looks great! you have air blowing through the hard drives and a fan blowing right on the GPU, and the exhaust fans are on the top and upper back, which would be the natural flow of heat anyways. the PSU really isn't doing much for airflow. If at all possible I would flip it over if there is a vent on the underside of the case, so it isn't sucking cool air away from the GPU. Other than that, looks great!

for Positive and negative air pressure, yours is positive, because more fans are blowing out than in. This is good.
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Thanks a lot for the quick reply. I was fairly certain my fan setup was good, and positive pressure, I just wasn't sure about the bottom fan (which came from my old case).

Yes, my case has a vent on the bottom of it by the psu. Actually, it even has a little plastic mesh grille cover with metal molding on the case itself to hold it on (a dust cover).

I was under the assumption the psu fan (covered by the circular metal grille) pulls air out of the case through the holes in the back of it. I thought that maybe this would facilitate gpu cooling as it would be lined up with the GPU fan (I believe thats called push-pull).

I will try reversing the PSU later and see if it helps temps. Also, this would change where the main rail cord (the thick one) comes out of the PSU and will help a lot with my wiring setup.

I'll post again later and see if there's a decrease in temps under load (currently 51c running 3-core SMP folding, 4th core and GPU running folding core_16 units)
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Alright sorry for double posting.

Update for kubed_zero.

Changed the PSU direction and it lowered temps by about 3~4c average overall. Folding is 46~48 under load as opposed to 50~52c.

THANKS MAN. +rep
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Awesome! glad it worked out for you, those temps are awesome!!!
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what cpu cooling are you using? idk if the bottom fan is helping much at all. you could remove it and test it. i tried the same thing and it didnt do much
but yeah reverse your psu too
   
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Yep PSU is reversed, helped a bit.

Cooling is Scythe Samurai ZZ v2

300

It was $30, low profile, fan cools my ram too. Not the best cooler- but I initially had a Hyper 212+ and couldn't figure out how to get the damn bracket on my AM3 mobo so couldn't use it. The Scythe has way easier installation with less parts, all heatsinks should use this method... (Basically the mounting pins and bracket on the Hyper 212+ would NOT fit the punched holes on my mobo no matter which way I oriented the bracket...) Plus, I had a smaller case. I have the Scythe because I wanted to make sure my heatsink would clear the big side fan. I dont know if a tower/stack cooler would fit...
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i suggest getting a tower cooler because then you will make use of the air coming in from the front of the case to the max potential
   
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