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Ok so I recently made a gaming pc and plan to do some overclocking soon, pc specs in sig. So I figure I might as well spend about $40 on some additional fans. My case comes with 3 fans, a 200mm on top, 200mm on front and a 140mm exhaust at back. I know very little about air flow so please suggest what fans you reckon I should get and where I should place them.

Info on case: http://www.pccasegear.com/UserFiles/chaser_l.jpg

Here is an image of inside my case, mind the terrible cable management, that will be fixed when a few final small pieces arrive.
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Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated.
    
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You should do fine with the stock cooling setup, unless you don't like those particular fans. Visualize a river of air flowing through the case, and only add fans that will become part of/assist that current. Resist the temptation to mount a fan anywhere there is a place for one. If anything, I would consider putting a low rpm fan in the bottom intake to compensate a little for the airflow weakened by the hard drive bay, but that may not even be necessary. Experiment and see what works. You dont want to wind up with something that produces more noise than cooling.

If you really want to spend money on fans, maybe get a second fan for the Hyper 212, or two new ones altogether if you want to get fancy. That opens an entire new pile of decisions, though.
    
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I am with Otterclock do a push pull on your Cooler Master and the other fans should be ok unless they are too loud or something.
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You should do fine with the stock cooling setup, unless you don't like those particular fans. Visualize a river of air flowing through the case, and only add fans that will become part of/assist that current. Resist the temptation to mount a fan anywhere there is a place for one. If anything, I would consider putting a low rpm fan in the bottom intake to compensate a little for the airflow weakened by the hard drive bay, but that may not even be necessary. Experiment and see what works. You dont want to wind up with something that produces more noise than cooling.
If you really want to spend money on fans, maybe get a second fan for the Hyper 212, or two new ones altogether if you want to get fancy. That opens an entire new pile of decisions, though.

I am not overly keen on getting another CPU fan at this point, as if I ever want to put in more ram, with the current setup a second cpu fan would get in the way of the ram slot.

I read somewhere that if you have more intake than exhaust, then you get less of a build up of dust inside the case, so I am considering getting a new intake fan(s). Dust is a real issue where I live as well as hot summers so if I can slightly dust proof, and cool it a bit more, why not?

Soo I am thinking maybe getting a quiet, cheapo, low rpm 120mm fan at the bottom AND a low rpm 200mm led fan on the side, giving me what should be just more intake than exhaust. Any thoughts on this?
    
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That sounds good to me and I see now that the RAM would be covered !
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I am not overly keen on getting another CPU fan at this point, as if I ever want to put in more ram, with the current setup a second cpu fan would get in the way of the ram slot.
I read somewhere that if you have more intake than exhaust, then you get less of a build up of dust inside the case, so I am considering getting a new intake fan(s). Dust is a real issue where I live as well as hot summers so if I can slightly dust proof, and cool it a bit more, why not?
Soo I am thinking maybe getting a quiet, cheapo, low rpm 120mm fan at the bottom AND a low rpm 200mm led fan on the side, giving me what should be just more intake than exhaust. Any thoughts on this?

It's worth trying to position it on the other side since thats a bit more ideal. Better to push air through and let the rear fan carry it out, which lets both fans work a little more in harmony. It should clear if the ram is low profile. Often it looks like it wont clear, but does..if just barely. imo steer clear of tall heatsink ram; it doesnt do much anyway. But anyhoo...

Having more intake than exhaust (positive pressure) can cut down on dust, so long as those intake fans are filtered. A big unfiltered fan on the side may just help dust get in easier, and may not improve cooling much if your components are cooled by pulling air laterally. For example, removing my side panel actually makes temps go up because it screws with the river of air passing neatly from the front intake, through the components and out the back. Question you have to ask when putting in both a bottom and side fan is, are they working in tandem to move air through the case or are they just butting heads and bouncing air all about.

Ultimately, if it cools it cools, and you'll just need to experiment.

Careful with choosing a fan for the bottom. Fans often don't like running horizontal and will start clicking or what not. In general, ball bearing or fluid dynamic fans are more forgiving, but that isn't always reliable so be sure to read customer feedback on the fan or ask around here.

ok I'll stop typing. I sure do love coffee.
    
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It's worth trying to position it on the other side since thats a bit more ideal. Better to push air through and let the rear fan carry it out, which lets both fans work a little more in harmony. It should clear if the ram is low profile. Often it looks like it wont clear, but does..if just barely. imo steer clear of tall heatsink ram; it doesnt do much anyway. But anyhoo...
Having more intake than exhaust (positive pressure) can cut down on dust, so long as those intake fans are filtered. A big unfiltered fan on the side may just help dust get in easier, and may not improve cooling much if your components are cooled by pulling air laterally. For example, removing my side panel actually makes temps go up because it screws with the river of air passing neatly from the front intake, through the components and out the back. Question you have to ask when putting in both a bottom and side fan is, are they working in tandem to move air through the case or are they just butting heads and bouncing air all about.
Ultimately, if it cools it cools, and you'll just need to experiment.
Careful with choosing a fan for the bottom. Fans often don't like running horizontal and will start clicking or what not. In general, ball bearing or fluid dynamic fans are more forgiving, but that isn't always reliable so be sure to read customer feedback on the fan or ask around here.
ok I'll stop typing. I sure do love coffee.

Cheers for the advice, has given me some stuff to think about. I bought a heap of fans so I will experiment a bit.
    
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post #8 of 11
A Sythe slipstream slim line fan would fit on there without interfering with the memory and they have some decent airflow.

plus a little wiring cleanup wouldnt hurt either
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Yea I would get some flex tubing and get that a little cleaner looking in there. But I am like that so its just my opinion, I think it would set it off better and its cheap !
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Originally Posted by PeteTheElite View Post

I bought a heap of fans so I will experiment a bit.

Honestly that is a great way to go about it, ha. Also kinda fun.
    
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