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I built my system last year for Black Friday and now I'm exploring for optimization. I'm not an overclocker so I'm keeping my stock coolers and case fans and such. However, I wanna optimize my airflow. Below is a diagram of the current airflow.

The small red arrows indicated dissipated heat from the GPU's and CPU's heatsinks.The green arrows show airflow from the side vents on the case, displayed better in the picture below.

I currently have two unused fans:
1 desktop fan (for external uses)
and
1 old 3 pin fan which I want to put into the system via a 3 pin to molex adapter and mount it somewhere. (No more 3 pin connectors, plenty of molex.)
The problem is, the case has no where else to mount a fan, although I think the CPU vent is good area to place it.


So: Is my current airflow good and how can I improve it with the resources I currently have?

Thanks in advance for halpzorz! smile.gif
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Yeh you are good and yes it would do well over the top of the cpu. Don't over think it too much.
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The recommended setup is front as intake, bottom intake, side intake/exhaust, top exhaust/intake, and rear exhaust, so your setup looks pretty good.

If you were serious about getting better airflow, I'd get a new case.
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Yeh you are good and yes it would do well over the top of the cpu. Don't over think it too much.

Alright thanks, any tips on how to get it to stay on my case side? (The side has a grille that reveals the CPU).

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The recommended setup is front as intake, bottom intake, side intake/exhaust, top exhaust/intake, and rear exhaust, so your setup looks pretty good.

If you were serious about getting better airflow, I'd get a new case.

Thanks for the input ZeVo, yeah a new case sounds good, but I'm not looking to go that far. Great advice.
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Yeh you are good and yes it would do well over the top of the cpu. Don't over think it too much.

Alright thanks, any tips on how to get it to stay on my case side? (The side has a grille that reveals the CPU).

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Originally Posted by ZeVo View Post

The recommended setup is front as intake, bottom intake, side intake/exhaust, top exhaust/intake, and rear exhaust, so your setup looks pretty good.

If you were serious about getting better airflow, I'd get a new case.

Thanks for the input ZeVo, yeah a new case sounds good, but I'm not looking to go that far. Great advice.

Yeh drill 4 holes in the case for the screws that go into the fan. Cut the large hole out more if you have to. Every man should own a dremel so if you don't already have on go grab one. Cover the entire area that will be cut with masking tape and then use a marker to draw out the circle on the masking tape.
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Yeh drill 4 holes in the case for the screws that go into the fan. Cut the large hole out more if you have to. Every man should own a dremel so if you don't already have on go grab one. Cover the entire area that will be cut with masking tape and then use a marker to draw out the circle on the masking tape.
Agreed. A dremel is a really great tool to have. If you are confident you can do it, Bill made a video on it:

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Originally Posted by ONLYUSEmeAZN View Post

I'm exploring for optimization. I'm not an overclocker so I'm keeping my stock coolers and case fans and such. However, I wanna optimize my airflow.

unfortunately, currently the biggest weakness in your cooling scheme is the CPU cooler. adding fans to your existing setup will simply add noise since it's not really addressing the problem of poor cpu cooling. so... you either leave it as is, or you replace the CPU cooler to something bigger. tho the height of the cooler allowed in that case is very limited so it may not be worth the $ for the upgrade. unfortunately, you are pretty much stuck with the stock setup IMO if you don't want to shell out extra $ for a cpu cooler upgrade that would actually fit in that case. either way, the cpu cooler upgrade will likely cost more then the case itself.
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