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Hello people. I need yout thoughts, on what I'm about to do. I need to know, if you think this here is a really stupid move from me. Currently, I have this pc-case here
-Lian Li PC-7FN
http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=359&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=62

I like it and its all good. I removed the HDD cage, so it could fit my GTX580 with an Accelero Extreme Plus GPU cooler. However, I'm a bit concerned, the GPU cooler which has 3x 92mm fans, steals all the intake air, from the 1x 140mm front fan.


Now this pc-case here. Is most to close the same as my "old" one. But this time, it has 2x 120mm fron fans, instead of my current 1x 140mm fan.

-Lian Li PC-8FIB
http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_index=479&cl_index=1&sc_index=25&ss_index=62&g=spec

I believe this would provide more air to my CPU too, without sacrificing too much noise.

Would it really be a dumb idea, to do this upgrade here? what you think?
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post #2 of 8
why not just upgrade your fans?
you could also clear out the 5.25 trays and add another fan.
 
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post #3 of 8
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The bottom 140mm intake fan, would still blow most of its air, right to my GPU cooler, which has those 3x 92mm fans.

If I did got the other pc-case I linked to, I could go for 2x NB multiframe s-sereis MF-12-S2, which has 99% noiseless (yes you heard me right) NB NanoSLI bearing, and still provides some of the strongest airflow.

My 5.25 bays, are being used by 1x fancontroller, 1x zalman hdd cooler, so no smile.gif


But do you guys still think, this would be a waste of money, to get the other pc-case?
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post #4 of 8
Maybe also try to flip the airflow (referring to the LianLi A05 design here where the CPU gets the coolest air)
So the traditional 'exhuast' fan will intake cool air and your traditional 'intake' will exhaust out the front.
This way you could add a fan to the bottom and both components will get fresh air while you exhaust out the front.

the only problem with this is that since your psu is probably exhausting out the back,
you might have to make a external wind tunnel of some sort to channel the hot air away (maybe off to the side)

You could always see how internal wind tunnels work out for you.

Also could you take some pics so other people can see what your current airflow is like.
Edited by SpiritGear - 12/16/11 at 10:26pm
 
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post #5 of 8
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My airflow layout, is this here :

But do you think, 2x 120mm front fans, would make a huge difference, compared to 1x 140mm fan?

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post #6 of 8
It wont make a huge difference, since hot air already rises, the intake at the 140mm is going to suck in the coldest air and the hottest will simply rise. Adding another above it wont create drastic differences. You could just purchase an additional case fan and think of some clever mounting solution. A much better choice IMO. You dont change entire cases for solely a single fan, you should be changing entire cases for a more substantial reason.
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post #7 of 8
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This is what i was talking about earlier. Should be an easy change. Test the temps afterwards and see how you like it.
For your next case I would highly recommend a side fan.
 
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Originally Posted by SpiritGear View Post

you could also clear out the 5.25 trays and add another fan.

thats what I did with my Lian-Li k58. worked nicely.
    
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