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Take a moment to remember than every single power supply ever was oriented with it's intake inside the chassis until a few years ago, and most still are, and you will have your answer.

What he said.
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Most PSUs come with great warranties anyway, so if it does fail due to heat (very unlikely), you can just RMA it. smile.gif

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I'd say more than half of my systems still have the PSU pulling air from inside the case. In some cases, I think it's a benefit. In the past, they ALL were like that, and honestly going back to pre athlon-64 days, case airflow was terrible and most of the time the PSU was the only exhaust. It has never seemed to be a problem, but I think using good PSUs is part of that.
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Additional question, having re-read the replies: what about PSUs that have fan curves assigned to PSU loads? And maybe the PSU fan won't even turn on until I draw 200 Watts--which can happen with my system while in some games. Such CPUs are meant to be cooled in a certain way when a certain amount of current is drawn to cool resulting generated heat. But if I don't draw enough current for how warm the PSU gets due to the additional heat from the GPU exhaust, it's still pretty safe? Basically only efficiency would suffer? I suppose that is why there are "hotbox" results for some PSU reviews.

 

2 things:

 

  • If your PSU is mounted at the bottom of your case, then it's not an issue since heat rises
  • The power draw on your PSU is not big enough to make the PSU warm enough for this to ever be a concern.  You would have to have two 7970s that are heavily overclocked, heavily overvolted, and heavily loaded.
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Warm air rises in the absence of other forces. It's a gradual process of convection. Fans disrupt convection, and in a turbulent scenario of a small computer case, where there are 2 fans on a GPU tossing air all over the place, an intake fan or two at the front, etc., warm air will definitely not move peacefully and gradually upward. It will be a complex and dynamic environment, probably with a few deadzones and rapid mixing areas.
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Warm air rises in the absence of other forces. It's a gradual process of convection. Fans disrupt convection, and in a turbulent scenario of a small computer case, where there are 2 fans on a GPU tossing air all over the place, an intake fan or two at the front, etc., warm air will definitely not move peacefully and gradually upward. It will be a complex and dynamic environment, probably with a few deadzones and rapid mixing areas.

 

Yeah, but still:  the power consumption is barely even half of your PSU's total capacity.  There's nothing to worry about here.

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Thank you for taking your time to reply anyway biggrin.gif
   
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Thank you for taking your time to reply anyway biggrin.gif

 

You're welcome.

 

So does this mean you're going to stop worrying about it?

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Yep! It's going to end up in a better set up for my GPU, so I'll swap the orientation soon.
   
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Yep! It's going to end up in a better set up for my GPU, so I'll swap the orientation soon.

 

Yeah, I'm with you:  looks are important, so I enjoy being able to make things look nice when it's safe to do so.

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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 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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