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post #1 of 21
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I'm not interested in a pretty solution, just one that gets the best cooling with spending the least ammount of cash.

Currently I have a very cheap $30 case with a single fan at the rear blowing out.

Would opening the case allow more airflow and therefore increase cooling? Or would it somehow get rid of the tunnel effect of the case being closed, therefore increasing the air speed inside the case?

Thoughts?
post #2 of 21
Seeing as you dont have any fans at the front of the case sucking in cool air, i am not sure to be honest.

I would download SpeedFan, see what your temps are as it is at the moment, take the side of the case off and leave it running about half hour, see what the temps are at then, it will go up or down smile.gif
post #3 of 21

I would recommend trying both ways to see what works best for your system.

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post #4 of 21
used to have mine opened before i got my new cooler. helped with cooling, just be sure not to spray febreze or stuff near it, and dust regularly.
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post #5 of 21
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Good idea. Obviously I'm going to try it both ways, but I'm very new to this and wanted to get some insight from more seasoned members before randomly doing stuff to my setup. redface.gif

Oh and currently I'm runnin an FX-8320 with the stock fan and it's sitting between 38C-44C idle which I feel is a bit high.
post #6 of 21
Slightly off topic and I'm not the expert on this but i was reading that you want to prefer creating a 'positive' flow rather than a 'negative' one.
In laymans terms: Have a fan blowing fresh air in, instead of having a fan sucking air out (as you only have 1 fan it seems).
The main reason being that when you 'suck' air in from anywhere, so you also get air through e.g. your DVD drive, card bay, and other dusty areas. This dust will gather on your cards and make all dirty and hence keeping it less cool.
So it's better to get a directed airflow in, from your fan, and blow it out 'to anywhere'.
post #7 of 21
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Slightly off topic and I'm not the expert on this but i was reading that you want to prefer creating a 'positive' flow rather than a 'negative' one.
In laymans terms: Have a fan blowing fresh air in, instead of having a fan sucking air out (as you only have 1 fan it seems).
The main reason being that when you 'suck' air in from anywhere, so you also get air through e.g. your DVD drive, card bay, and other dusty areas. This dust will gather on your cards and make all dirty and hence keeping it less cool.
So it's better to get a directed airflow in, from your fan, and blow it out 'to anywhere'.
The problem is dust being sucked into optical drives and card bays can cause (will cause) them to not work properly more so than getting too hot.
post #8 of 21
It will be more open, but will allow more dust in. Be prepaed to clean in the case frequently if you leave it open
   
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post #9 of 21
You will get better cooling with the case open, but you'll also allow for more dust/debris to get into your system. If you have it open you will need to clean everything out more often. Maybe all you need currently is a good cleaning. When I had my 480s and I had my case open I would notice that the fans would slow down quite noticeably due to the extra air getting into all the system parts. If you have nothing to worry about like kids or cats maybe you should consider an open case.
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post #10 of 21

I vote for open case, when I open my RV01 side panel and my GPU temperatures are better. I close it most of the time though.

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