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Possibly a newb question.

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Alright, so I just got a new case in the mail, and I opened her up and started to look around. Well, there's 8 hard drive bays. 5 stacked closest to the front of the case, and 3 stacked directly behind it. I'm thinking, I sure as hell don't need 8 spots, and that's a lot of metal for one little 120mm fan to push through to get to the rest of the case. How beneficial would it actually be to gut the stack of 5, and install another fan? Facing the same direction as the front intake fan, directly behind it. Would it actually push any extra air? Has anyone tried this with noticeable results? Or would doubling up fans like that result in wasted time and money?

Thanks, guys.
post #2 of 7
stacking fans make more noise but not much difference in airflow
post #3 of 7

It depends on what's in your system, and what your room temperature is.  So I am saying that if you have a system that is generating tons and tons of heat, then this would be worth the effort.  If it just has like one video card, then it's likely not worth it (in my opinion).

 

Edit: I read it wrong.

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i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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See? Newb question. It seemed like it would help, but I had This strange feeling I was absolutely wrong. Thanks for putting me right.
post #5 of 7
I preach airflow not airblow You don't need lots of fans blowing. You need a few fans flowing. The better you flow the air though a case the better it will cool.

If you remove the 5x HDD cage and use the 3x one that will help airflow. What case do you have?
post #6 of 7

Yep, it's all a game of keeping the air moving so that all of the heat that is dissipated away from the CPU and video card just flows right out of the case's exhaust fan(s).  The better the airflow, the more efficient the heat dissipation can be on all heatsinks.  I mean, consider your own body being really hot and the air is not moving.  Now think of the difference if the air is moving steadily.  Sure, the human body would prefer air blowing onto it, but just steadily moving air is already a huge improvement over motionless air because the warmer air coming off your body is continually being carried away as soon as it is released from your body.

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Well, the case in question is an nzxt phantom. I'm actually in the middle of trying to trade it for a corsair 600t. My maim.concern is that I've picked up a sabertooth z77 With the thermal armor, so a crossflow cooler wont utilize the thermal armor, and I'm historically drawn to crossflow coolers, as I can better visualize how it'll participate in airflow. With the down flow cooler, its supposed to force air into channels in the thermal armor, and I haven't been able to quite figure out where those channels exhaust. Presumably out the back someplace. Anyways, I need a side fan that's sitting above the processor and cooler, which is feasible with both cases, but I just don't have a vision for the overall airflow on this one. One in the front, maybe take out some 5.25 bays and put another in the front, one out the back one out the top, and a couple in the side. I'm feeling positive pressure here, as dust is an issue in my house. Pets and the like. I just feel like I'm stalling on how much I'm learning, especially considering there's a lot of conflicting information out there.
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