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Building a Custom case and need airflow advice!

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Reet.... Started intending to use water cooling but my system doesn't seem like it would work out too well with the bits I have....


This is my current rig!!!

Mainly used for 3D animation and Mid level gaming... mainly steam stuff so nothing too hardcore! still need doom 3 in my life tho! (damn... just looked at the ID pack on steam for £30.... woops!)

anyway.....

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This is the kind of thing i want to do....

I would like to keep the pc as well cooled as posible (hence the thread in watercooling!) but also as quiet as possible...

Firstly.... how would I go about replacing my gfx card fan from the noisey mess it is now to something that works and is much quieter? it's a Pallit gts 450 sonic.... pallit are rubbish if you ask them anything!

secondly.... in the pic you can see that I want to house the mobo separate from everything else... with possibly the psu in with the hdd's and stuff... not sure on that yet tho...

If using fans.... what would be the best set up for cooling? would it be a straight path? I.E. in one side straight out the other? if so would i be better doing it across the short side or the long side?

I'm planning on building the case out of fairly thin MDF with metal bits to mount the mobo on... with holes for all the fans if necessary....

while I'm thinking about it... if I built the case as tightly packed as possible should I build a scoop or something for the cpu fan so that it's pulling air directly onto the heat sink rather than from inside an already hot case?

Just a thought really.... feel free to point out flaws! I will attempt a better mock up later but or now I hope the rough pic helps explain what I'm on about!
post #2 of 5
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just seen this!!!!!

anyone tried it? would it work?
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hypothetically it should work but i would just zip tie the fan directly onto the gpu itself but you are just going to replace a noisy fan with another noisy fan, unless you watercool your GPU its going to be fairly noisy
   
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even if I used a silent fan? and maybe some foam to stop vibrations?
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Anyway.... I'll look at gfx card fans later....

For airflow in the case I will be going for 3/4 silent fans coming in and the same coming out as an exhaust....

Will that be enough? I think I will need it to place them length ways to make a straight path... plus I was going to try to make scoops for the cpu fan and gpu fan so that they are pulling in air from directly outside of the case rather than the air pulled in from the fans.... would that be any good?

cheers!

oh yeah... happy new year!
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