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Hey everyone,

I'll be getting an upgrade to Ivy Bridge (or possible Sandy) soon. I want to know what you think of my plan, I know NOTHING about this so chances are I have designed an abomination of poor pressure madness, but please do tell me tongue.gif

The second side panel fan I set to exhaust because my card exhausts a lot of its heat inside the case, so I was thinking the fan right next to it could give it cooler air IN, and then the warm air could be taken OUT very quickly by the other fan.

The plan is to replace all the fans but I don't know what my current ones are, whether they're good enough or whatever. I just got this big black Coolermaster 140mm and two Coolermaster Red L.E.D. 120mm fans. No idea what my current radiator fan is but it'll be replaced with a Noctua (planned).

Here are some laid out questions in case my erratic typing has confused you:

1. Should I even bother to replace my existing fans?
2. What fans do you recommend I replace my current ones with? I've been looking at the Silverstone Air Penetrator.
3. Does my plan look good? Any issues?
4. Is there any other CPU cooler you'd recommend? Can't do Phantec, too big for case with side fans on.

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I would suggest that you use both the side panels as intakes just to give the heatsink area some extra cool air. I found with playing around with my own fan configurations the single 120mm intake in the front does draw air but it doesn't really circulate to the top where the heat sink is. The fan on the GPU sucks all that air in and blows it out rather quickly when in load.
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oh and i like my gentle typhoons, so nice and quiet even when running at max
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if i'm not mistaking, the scout comes with 140mm front intake fan. you can replace that with a stronger fan if you want. but you may run into problems putting a 120mm fan on the top of the side panel since NH-D14 is not a short heatsink. so considering you are only using 2 intake fans, you'll be better off disabling either the rear or top exhaust fans to maintain some pressure inside the case. remember PSU and GPU both count as exhaust ports so to balance out the airflow you want to allocate a few CFM's for them. ideally you'd want to seal off the rear exhaust port and use the top 140mm fan as the exhaust.
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