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My home made open bench case, does it really help cooling though?

post #1 of 21
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I actually had a point brought to my attention, I was talking to someone and they said that open bench cases don't cool as well as closed case computers do, so, my question is, is this actually true?
Here's some pics of the case I built




Keep in mind it's still a WIP, so, ignore the ghetto rigged fan holder lol
post #2 of 21
Ghetto rigs are awesome haha. As for closed / open, it really depends ... for an open case, there are no restrictions for GPU / CPU heatsink / radiator fans, so in that sense it's better. That being said, in a closed case, it can improve performance if you have enough airflow .. The only advantage of the closed case is the added heat over your hardware

There is no definitive answer, it depends on the circumstances. In my old Antec 300, running with the sidepanel off always yielded cooler temps.
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post #3 of 21
Well, yes and no.

It all depends on the set up and the airflow that's present. Cases usually offer easier and better cooling as you have a defined route/channel for the air to take. For example, the air can be forced to go towards GPU's or heatsinks/rads without being lost by other environment factors.

It can work both ways though so it really does depend on the scenario!
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post #4 of 21
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Well thanks guys! I appreciate it, I'll probably stick with the open case, I am looking into water cooling the CPU and GPU, mainly due to the noise my fans are creating right now.

One other question though, I was thinking of putting sliders for the fans on this "case" just because that way I can change where I want the fans to be located depending on what's heating up the most, so is it even worth the trouble, or would that actually be a pretty neato idea?

Keep in mind I do a lot of "cooling experiments" because I have a EVGA 480, and you could literally cook an egg on it.
post #5 of 21
now... if you REALLY want to impress us, build that thing out of lego's biggrin.gif


Edited by psyclum - 3/10/13 at 2:18pm
post #6 of 21
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Haha, that is pretty sweet, I'm going to do some work on this current one, hopefully it'll be just as impressive as the Lego one biggrin.gif
post #7 of 21
remove all your case fans and try just a stand up household fan pointing at the case.
of course leave your cpu fan plugged in.
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I can certainly do that. Lol
However, I will eventually need some better fans, because I was going to cover most of it with plexi glass, I have some quater inch layin around, I'll cut out a top portion for plexiglass, so you can see the the motherboard, then you wont be able to see my fantastic cord management skills.

I'll try to work on it this weekend and then I'll post some pictures.
post #9 of 21
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I can certainly do that. Lol
However, I will eventually need some better fans, because I was going to cover most of it with plexi glass, I have some quater inch layin around, I'll cut out a top portion for plexiglass, so you can see the the motherboard, then you wont be able to see my fantastic cord management skills.

I'll try to work on it this weekend and then I'll post some pictures.

oh ok. I didn't know you were going to cover it.
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post #10 of 21
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Well, that's my plan, I also am going to have a lid on it.
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