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After upgrading my computer I wanted to add some more fans. When I first built this computer it was just going to be my media server, but over time it became my gaming rig. I noticed that things were starting to run a bit warm. My first question is, should I take the air duct off the side fan or leave it on? My second question is, will adding a front intake fan make much of a difference?
Edited by Ballard - 5/17/13 at 8:14am
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Which case are you using? It's hard to say for sure if adding more fans will help without knowing which case. smile.gif
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I'm using a very basic antec case. I was thinking about upgrading it to an antec 900, but I wanted to see if I could improve temperatures in this case first.

Edit: My current case has 1 120mm exhaust fan in the back and an 80mm intake side panel fan with the air duct screwed onto it. There is a spot to add a fan in the front.
Edited by Ballard - 5/17/13 at 8:15am
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I'm using a very basic antec case. I was think about upgrading it to an antec 900, but I wanted to see if I could improve temperatures in this case first.

OK I see. Do you know what size fans you can fit in the front?
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I can add a 120mm fan in the front bottom part of the case. Would it be best to take the air duct off the side panel fan?
Edited by Ballard - 5/17/13 at 8:17am
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I can add a 120mm fan in the front bottom part of the case. Would it be best to take the air duct off the side panel fan?

Most 120mm fans can move a decent amount of air. So, it'd be worth adding one up front, IMO.

Regarding the CPU duct, it's really up to you. I'm guessing by the way you describe it, the side fan mount is placed more to cool the CPU. I'd install the front 120mm fan and see how things go. It's lower in the case, so it should direct air flow toward the PCI area and help out there.
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post #7 of 10
Indeed, i'd keep the duct in place and just add a 120mm to the front. If there's currently no front intake, it should make a nice difference.
    
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Do yourself a favour and fill in your rig details in rig builder so we can provide you with more accurate advice.
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As said above the best way is to fill in your details so we know what you are doing.

I believe all fans, both cooler and case, need to have a decent static pressure rating... and please don't believe the manufacturer specs.. They are usually not correct and often very exaggerated. I would say at least half the fans out there are very low static pressure.. and even a simple grill can restrict airflow by 28-29%.
http://www.silverstonetek.com/techtalk_cont.php?tid=wh_chessis&area=en
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I believe all fans, both cooler and case, need to have a decent static pressure rating...

very much agreed. I think sometimes manufacturers have pressure specific models just to make them appear specialized, such as Corsairs 'AF' or Noctua's 'S'-series, which wind up being worse for any use. Case fans need to move air, not just displace it.
    
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