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Okay, if you have an Antec P180/B you probably want a sleek case with overclocking abilities while still keeping everything quiet. Well, since the P180/B has so many cages for Hard Drives I think I've found a way to improve airflow and reduce the number of cages. What you do is get any 3.5" HDD and mount a Vibration Damapener on it, such as SilenX's HDSS (Hard Drive Silencing Solution) or Nexus's DiskTwin. This way, the 3.5" HDD can now be placed in a 5.25" slot, also, the HDD is cooler and quieter thanks to the Thermal Paste and Rubber Surrounding of the Vibration Dampener. AND, now you can remove all of the cages in the P180, drastically improving airflow. But I bet by now you are like, " There's no airflow up there, next to my DVD burner?" Well, this where you purchase a Scythe Kama Bay 120mm fan and mount it in your empty 5.25" slot(s). You can mount the Kama Bay so that the fan is the normal direction so air enters the side of the door where there are vents, gets pushed my the Scythe over your HDD, and then to your GPU or CPU cooler, then out of your case by your two exhaust fans. Or, you can mount it so it only takes up one slot if you have a fan controller also. The only drawback I see here is that you can only have up to two 5.25" slots for a optical drive, fan controller, water cooling reservoir, etc. Since the Kama Bay takes up one and HDD itself takes up one.

Thanks,
[OCN] Ninja_Boy

I, personally, am going to mount the Kama Bay as a normal fan, all I have is one optical drive and a floppy. So, everything will fit put my HDD will stay cool.

Links:
SilenX HDSS: http://www.silenx.com/luxuraehdss.asp?sku=lx-hdss
Nexus DiskTwin: http://www.xoxide.com/nexus-disktwin...ner-black.html
Scythe Kama Bay Fan: http://xoxide.com/scythe-kama-bay-cooler-black.html
Sunbeam Theta Fan Controller: http://xoxide.com/sunbeam-theta-tp101.html

**You can also get a fan controller such as the Sunbeam Theta, you control your fans just like you overclock your GPU. You click on the icon on the taskbar, scroll over the fan, (Fan 1-8) and adjust the speed.**

Please comment and rate this idea, I still think I can do better myself.
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well... removing the bottom cage will improve airflow for.... yes, what exactly? If you remove the cage, the only thing left in the bottom is the PSU... I removed the upper chamber hard disk bracket, and stuffed all four of my hard disks in the bottom one. Removed the fan in the center so I don't have to route the power cables for those four guys to the top and then back down. Zip-tied a 92mm fan to the front of the case in the bottom chamber (on the inside). Temps are great all around. Didn't need to buy any additional fans except that 92mm fan.

The thick fan that used to be in the center of the bottom chamber is now intake for the top chamber, and the other two fans are exhaust in the back and top of the top chamber.
    
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Same idea here, but you remove both cages. The red X's are the cages that will be gone and the blue X is if you don't have any 3.5" devices that can be removed as well.
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True, but yuo don't have four hard drives like I do
    
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Nobody? No suggestions, comments, alright.
Or is it because Chozart knows more than you...
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Originally Posted by Ninja_Boy View Post
Same idea here, but you remove both cages. The red X's are the cages that will be gone and the blue X is if you don't have any 3.5" devices that can be removed as well.
I use that one with the blue X to stuff some loose ends of cables in... LOL

Good idea, and if you indeed have only 1 or 2 hard drives, worth considering. I did remove that upper bracket, since that's indeed blocking a lot of intake air. Then I put a 120mm fan where that bracket was, allowing for good air intake.
    
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Haha, I think I'll hide my cables behind my motherboard, also, I might dremel the small piece of metal behind the motherboard to allow wires to be feed through that, like from the HDD, Optical Drive, and Floppy Drive to the PSU.
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