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I noticed while assembling my build that the PSU exhausts into the case albiet into a exterior mesh screen. Has any other owner addressed this issue as it most certainly raises the case temperature? I was thinking that a rubber "boot" would be ideal, but will see what others think.
    
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I think if you could fit rubber insulator sort of thing so that the gap between the PSU and side of the Case can be Closed, allowing the Internal PSU fan to push the air right out through the side mesh.

If the picture I see tells the right story, then I Suggest you also make certain that your PSU Fan is oriented so that the Intake Fan, is pointed up, allowing it to help suck out the warm air from the case.

Any decent power supply will run just fine with a setup like that, even if the case temps a bit up there.

Honestly this Case woul dbe great if you just keep the sides off of it lol
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I haven't addressed this particular issue but I do notice that temps in my 304 are very high and there seems to be a lot of very hot air which is not very efficiently emitted.

I'm not sure that flipping the PSU and using it as an exhaust fan is a great idea because there seems to be a build up of hot air in the case, which would lead to the PSU becoming hotter and may make the problem worse. But some sort of gasket between the PSU exhaust and the case may help.

Part of the problem is that the stock fans, while quiet, do not have much airflow. I am planning to replace the 140mm exhaust fan with a 1700 rpm Noiseblocker PK-3 and the two 92mm intake fans with 2500 rpm Scythe PWM fans. It's going to get louder but hopefully should keep temps under better control.
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Hmm, just saying thats pretty much the every day Style of a computer case

Cool Air comes from Frotn bottom, some goes to the GPU which USUALLY exhausts out the back of the case, some goes up to the CPU HS and usually gets blow right out the back, and then everything radiates a little bit of heat which floats to the top, the average computer case has top mounted PSU which sux that mix of warm and cool air up and out.

I dont know the limitations of a power supply, but I am fairly confident that they can take quite a bit of heat and still work.

Either way I dont own this case. Im very glad I do not, and I hope you guys are able to come up with some form of a solution to help iout, but I get the feelign that the answer will involve a Fleet of Exchaust Fans on all things Mesh.
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This case has a front bottom mounted PSU that is transverse. The case has a mesh panel, but it is around 3cm from the side of the case. So the rear exhaust of the PSU sits 3cm from the outside of the case. I would think that this really makes the exhaust area pretty useless as the heated air would just circulate inside the chassis to be expelled by the rear exhaust fan.

I matched up 80 and 92mm fans to the grill, both of which make a tacky appearance so that is a no go. I looked up extruded rubber profiles, and it seems that there are "e" profiles that will work for this particular situation and provide a fair seal given the area on the case and use the provided PSU mounting holes. I will update my build pics when I get around to installing it. I am skeptic that the seal will last after a few months of heat though.

As far as the quality of the case. I believe it is of good quality. The panels are thicker than most cases I have played with.The finish is excellent The chassis is designed well and makes provisions for cable routing. It fits just about any CPU heatsink, and with the exception of the issue I noted, it is a fine chassis overall. I was going to physically move the PSU cage, but one of the front panel pins wouldconflict.
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If you have a pair.... take psu apart and reverse the fan so it extracts warm air and exhausts it under the case !

Sorted ! thumb.gif

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P.S. Yes, I have done it to my SFX PSU... biggrin.gif
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I thought of that as well. cheers.gif
    
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I am planning on changing to air cooling from my difficult experience watercooling this case. redface.gif It looks like the best thing to do (and what I plan on doing myself soon) would be to flip the 120mm rear fan to make it an intake instead of an exhaust. This way, you will have more cool air brought into the case, while your PSU and GPU (assuming it has a blower-type cooler) will expel as much hot air as possible.
     
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After making a few measurements, I am going to place a 92mm fan at that point to directly vent out the PSU exhaust, and run them off of the cases fan controller. Thanks everyone that posted.
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