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post #1 of 14
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Hello y'all,

I have a nice Antec Sonata IV based computer. The thing is, I bought it before I knew anything about airflow, and I now realise this case sucks for it. The air has to pass through the hard drive bays before being able to access the main area. There is no side vent, and the only other opening is a little grill close to the expansion bays. So, for now, I just removed the side panel.

So now, time to get mah Dremel out and make this baby better!

What would you do to make this case breathe easier?

Things to note: I build this baby to be silent, so I would like to keep it silent.
My room is very dusty, so positive pressure would be nice. Which is why I don't want to keep the side panel off.

Thanks a lot,
Phil
post #2 of 14
do you have any empty drive bays? you could fit a 120mm fan in there, i know its a different case but i did mine, pushes air right onto the cpu cooler.

edit. just seen you got a big door on there, cut a hole in that too!
Edited by BiG_LiG - 5/14/12 at 10:04am
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post #3 of 14
I always have my side panel open. I would go with the Bay "MOD".
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just been lookin and that case has PSU up top so the drive bays lead directly to that.
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post #5 of 14
Or just get a Bench.
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I think I need to give some clarifications.

There is a wall stopping the air from going right where it wants. It has to go through the full width of the case and the pass through a 1 1/2'' crack to access the components.
Here, have some pictures :-)
http://imgur.com/a/ejLPN

There has to be a better solution than putting a fan in the HDD bays... the air would just reflect on the opposite side panel and come back to its original position, making that fan work like crazy.

I don't want the panel open all the time because of the dust.
And, what is a bench? You just want me to lift the pc?
post #7 of 14
Simplest solution: Get a better case. Otherwise cut out that wall in the hdd bay and mount a fan there, or cut a hole in the side panel and mount an intake fan & grill on it. You could also possibly cut a hole in the bottom and mount a fan there, make sure the legs lift it high enough off the ground though.
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post #8 of 14
I had a similar case and what I did was I used a 4" hole saw/ dill bit and drill 2 hole in the case one on the side panel and one on the top of the case.

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Originally Posted by PhiBiSoLa View Post

I think I need to give some clarifications.
There is a wall stopping the air from going right where it wants. It has to go through the full width of the case and the pass through a 1 1/2'' crack to access the components.
Here, have some pictures :-)
http://imgur.com/a/ejLPN
There has to be a better solution than putting a fan in the HDD bays... the air would just reflect on the opposite side panel and come back to its original position, making that fan work like crazy.
I don't want the panel open all the time because of the dust.
And, what is a bench? You just want me to lift the pc?
Lift the PC? like bench press your rig? lol
think he meant a test bench or just to put your mobo on a desk, no case
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post #10 of 14
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Get a better case, really?!? Where's the fun in that? biggrin.gif
I will bench press my case to airflow SUBMISSION!

Seriously though,
I will put a side grill.

The outline for 3 120mm fan is drawn, although there is really only space for 2 fan with the graphics card power cables being in the way.
http://imgur.com/SyEgF

Now, does anyone have any inspiration for a design in there? Something simple, as I am new to the disc cutting business of Dremels..
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