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Hi guys... so here's what I'm currently working with:



I'm trying to figure out a better cooling solution withoumodding the case. Though heat hasn't given me many issues, I'd like to improve airflow in some way. What would you do? It has room for four 40mm fans in the back, but I feel it's going to be noisy and the PSU will be sucking out incoming air. Hmm...







any help is appreciated
post #2 of 9
What I would do is replace the PSU fan with a faster one.

It would void your warranty, though.

That way you force more air to be sucked by the PSU, improving the airflow inside the case.
   
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That's the problem with no front intake, you need fans to push the air -> out. I would definitely put couple fans on the back.
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by Dangur View Post

That's the problem with no front intake, you need fans to push the air -> out. I would definitely put couple fans on the back.

As he said it wouldn't help. The PSU fan has WAY more air displacement capabilities than two 40mm fans, so they would hinder performance. Not to mention that the air would go directly towards the PSU, doing no good for the temperatures inside the case.
   
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^Putting them as exhaust not intake...Tho I'm not sure what a 40 fan can do headscratch.gif
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^Putting them as exhaust not intake...Tho I'm not sure what a 40 fan can do headscratch.gif

Not much. They only help if there is virtually zero airflow in the area.

I think the PSU sucks air from that rear grill as well, putting them to exhaust could probably block airflow more than anything...

I'd leave that grill alone.
   
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post #7 of 9
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What I would do is replace the PSU fan with a faster one.

It would void your warranty, though.

That way you force more air to be sucked by the PSU, improving the airflow inside the case.

This or turn up your graphics card's fan if it's a blower style fan, not many options without modding from the looks of it but the PSU is probably the easiest and most effective one.

Edit: I didn't zoom in on the picture, turning up the fan on your card wouldn't do much.
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post #8 of 9
Your temperatures are still in the safe range. Would you mind posting what parts you used? Looks like one of those DIY PC cases that I was interested in making a build in. And is that a zotac 660?
post #9 of 9
A case mod is going to be required, or the PSU fan swap.


If you are going to mod the case. Get a smaller PSU to open up the area a bit http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=253&area=en (450watt should be plenty for that system even with overclocking). I would think you could add at least 3 fans via a case mod. I would do all intakes with them. The three spots I see available, having used this case for a build, are the top and the side panel. The top could hold a 140mm fan and the side panel could hold 2x92mm fans. Granted, this would alter the aesthetic of the case.
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