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Here's my case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146076

At the moment i have the 1 rear exhaust thats included, one top exhaust, and one side intake. My question is what is the optimal way to set these fans up and additonal ones if necessary. My cpu is liquid cooled so the top left fan is not accessible really. I heard that having more intake for positive air is the better route (which would involve turning the top exhaust fan around)? I could also possibly put in 2 front intake fans though it looks somewhat difficult to get in there.
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Here's my case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146076

At the moment i have the 1 rear exhaust thats included, one top exhaust, and one side intake. My question is what is the optimal way to set these fans up and additonal ones if necessary. My cpu is liquid cooled so the top left fan is not accessible really. I heard that having more intake for positive air is the better route (which would involve turning the top exhaust fan around)? I could also possibly put in 2 front intake fans though it looks somewhat difficult to get in there.

Positive pressure would involve more fans pulling air in than fans exhausting air (usually from front to back, intake to exhaust). I've got a Source 210 as well - I've got one on the front, two on the top, and one on the side pulling air in with the one exhaust on the back. thumb.gif
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Get rid of the side intake and put 2 fans in the front as intake. Side fans are generally better as exhaust, but rarely needed.
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My 2 current fans are: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185092
I was going to grab these for the front intakes: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553006#top

Is going for 2x front intake, 1x top intake and 1x side intake okay or should I just go for top intake x1 and 2x front intake with the side fan-less?

Besides going for positive air which fans would you guys recommend? Should I keep the current gentle typhoons as is or replace them with the cougars as well?
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My 2 current fans are: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185092
I was going to grab these for the front intakes: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553006#top

Is going for 2x front intake, 1x top intake and 1x side intake okay or should I just go for top intake x1 and 2x front intake with the side fan-less?

Besides going for positive air which fans would you guys recommend? Should I keep the current gentle typhoons as is or replace them with the cougars as well?

You NEED exhaust. Having tons of intake and no exhaust wil not give you a good result.

2 x front intake.
1 x rear exhaust.
1 x top exhaust.

That is about the best you will get with that case. You can get positive pressure by making sure your 2 intake fans generate more CFM than your 2 exhaust fans. Or you could add a bottom fan if you really want.

If you absolutely wan't that silly side fan, you should have it as exhaust. it is vastly better to get hot air away from your GPU than it is to generate a lot of unneeded turbulence and potential "heat traps".
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Fair enough. I think I'll try out the 2x front intake and top+rear exhaust setup. Possibly even use the side as an exhaust, although not sure on that yet.

Thanks for the help guys.
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Fair enough. I think I'll try out the 2x front intake and top+rear exhaust setup. Possibly even use the side as an exhaust, although not sure on that yet.

Thanks for the help guys.

Heat rises, so I wouldn't use the side fan as an exhaust.. but it's up to you smile.gif
post #8 of 8
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Yeah I read around a bit and the consensus seemed to be either leave the side fanless or make it an intake. Then I kind of wondered how it would work out if I moved the side fan and installed it to the bottom fan slot in the case.
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