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Air Duct on the HAF 932 worth it for GTX 680?

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Hey everyone,

So I have a couple of questions..

I have the HAF 932 Advanced Case which has the 230mm fan on the side of the case, which is an intake fan and blows cool air from outside my case to most of my chassis. I am thinking about getting the HAF 932 AMD edition side panel instead of the basic advanced edition side panel with the 230mm fan so I can see my entire chassis. Will this be a problem for cooling my system? I have a 230mm fan in the front of the case as intake, a 140mm fan as an exhaust in the rear as well as the H100 with a push/pull config on the top as an exhaust.

Will the 230mm front fan be enough intake if I replace the intake side fan side panel in replacement with the HAF 932 AMD edition side panel?
Here is the link to the side panel that I would be getting and replacing
Would be getting: http://www.cmstore-usa.com/haf-932-amd-limited-edition-window-side-panel/
Current side panel: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119213&Tpk=haf%20932%20advanced%20blue

The second question I have is about the air duct that comes with the HAF 932. I have the GTX 680 Graphics Card and I obviously want to keep it as cool as I can so I was thinking about buying a 120mm fan for the air duct which would pull even more air from the front 230mm fan directly to the GPU. Would this be a problem? Also, would this be better because if I were to buy the AMD side panel I would only have 1 intake fan (in the front).

Which 120mm fans work great with the air duct and keeping the GPU cool?

Thanks so much for the help!
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From my experience unless you have cards sandwiched in SLI the duct does little or nothing. Furthermore, it is important to have a fan that provides a high CFM which basically means noisy 38mm
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Alright, so I should probably steer clear of the air duct for now. How about the side panel? Will I be alright if I get the AMD side panel in replacement of my current HAF 932 side panel with the intake fan? Will the intake from the front fan be enough?
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Alright, so I should probably steer clear of the air duct for now. How about the side panel? Will I be alright if I get the AMD side panel in replacement of my current HAF 932 side panel with the intake fan? Will the intake from the front fan be enough?
You won't get any side airflow with the AMD windowed panel. There is also a big difference in gpu temps. between using a solid windowed panel on a 932 and the regular fan panel.

My 932 (Black Edition) originally came with a solid windowed panel. It looked nice and afforded a big view of everything, but my gpu temperatures suffered.
I have a photo of it in "My HAF 932 Black Edition Build" link in my sig.
I bought the regular 932 panel from CM and wound up puting 4 x 120mm CM R4's on the door. This provided a good 10C drop in gpu temps. at load, and greatly reduced the temp. difference between the two 480's to only a couple degrees, vs about 10 degrees originally.

I installed the four 120mm fans on the door panel, because the anemic 230mm side fan was virtually useless for providing any decent airflow. There is just no comparison.
You have a somewhat cooler-running 680, but the side door fans will benefit your system cooling overall, compared to just a front fan intake.

I also agree that the gpu duct (I tried mine with a single 480) isn't worth bothering with.

So you have to choose between form and function with that panel, as I did:D
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Not having the side panel fan(s) kind of defeats the purpose of "HAF". If you are dead set on the clear side panel I'd recommend replacing the stock fans with ones that can move more air. Also a fan in the bays wouldn't hurt.
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