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I recently built a small form factor system for casual steam gaming (In Sig: Moisture Crate) but ran into an issue quickly, THIS THING IS A HEATER. So, as a member of OCN, I come to you for suggestions on my proposed case mod.

I know you guys will have temp questions, I will grab those tonight after work.



First off, What I have done so far to alleviate heat issues:

Installed a Bitfenix Spectre Pro 230mm fan to the front of my case as intake and modded front panel to allow better airflow
Installed H100 (Top Mount) and attempted to set the fans in both arrangements "exhaust and intake" both configurations had little affect.

I have thought about replacing the stock 120mm bitfenix fan on the back (exhaust) with something a little stronger in the 140mm flavor, but I really think my problem stems from my GTX 770 classified (Picture Below). The way it sets in this case puts it right up against the side panel with no airflow and heats that side up pretty good.

This was pre-230MM fan and H100, but gives a good idea of how the GPU sits against the side panel



My proposed plan:

Mask off the spot on my side panel that aligns with my video card and cut out 2x120mm fan holes so I can mount this guy to the side and allow my video card to pull some nice fresh air.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/19510/ex-rad-513/PrimoChill_Hex_2-Layer_Rad_Grillz_-_Dual_120mm_-_White_White.html?tl=g30c637s1957

and attach this fan filter to the inside side of the panel:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11723/ffi-51/DEMCiflex_Dual_120mm_Magnetic_Dust_Fan_Filter_-_Dual_Radiator_or_Fans_-_Steel_Aluminum_Plastic_Chassis.html

So what do you guys think?. Am I overthinking the problem?. Aesthetically, I think this mod would look pretty sick but I don't want to spend a bunch of money and time if there is a quicker fix to my problems.

Thanks for your guy's/gal's opinions.

EDIT: Parts Ordered! Will update with pics when the parts arrive

Edit 03/24/2014: Buddy of mine got his dremel and we got to work on the side panel. Need to find some screws/nuts and then drill out the holes to hold the grill on the side. Looks like it will be a great match.





Edited by Aestylis - 3/24/14 at 8:48am
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post #2 of 7
Yeah, I don't know what they were thinking when they didn't add the air holes on the side panel as they did with the Prodigy.

That rad grill would make for a nice mod, and it's not that expensive. The holes wouldn't even need to be circular- you just need to cut a rough rectangle shape that is inside the perimeter for the mounting screws.
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I am looking at getting a very similar setup. I don't like the handles/feet on the Prodigy so the Phenom is my case of choice. With it being a warm case I too was looking at drilling some holes into the side panel where the GPU fan(s) are. (Depends on the GPU I purchase).

Another small mod that I've seen a couple people do is drilling some extra holes into the side of the front panel so that the Front Fan can pull a little more air in through the sides of the panel.

Whatever you decide to do, please keep us posted! I'd like to know how successful you are with your mods and if it helps with the temperatures.
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I am looking at getting a very similar setup. I don't like the handles/feet on the Prodigy so the Phenom is my case of choice. With it being a warm case I too was looking at drilling some holes into the side panel where the GPU fan(s) are. (Depends on the GPU I purchase).

Another small mod that I've seen a couple people do is drilling some extra holes into the side of the front panel so that the Front Fan can pull a little more air in through the sides of the panel.

Whatever you decide to do, please keep us posted! I'd like to know how successful you are with your mods and if it helps with the temperatures.
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I am looking at getting a very similar setup. I don't like the handles/feet on the Prodigy so the Phenom is my case of choice. With it being a warm case I too was looking at drilling some holes into the side panel where the GPU fan(s) are. (Depends on the GPU I purchase).

Another small mod that I've seen a couple people do is drilling some extra holes into the side of the front panel so that the Front Fan can pull a little more air in through the sides of the panel.

Whatever you decide to do, please keep us posted! I'd like to know how successful you are with your mods and if it helps with the temperatures.

I definitely will be updating this thread soon!. I have ordered the above mentioned parts and will take pics of the entire process. I have seen the side vent mods for the front panel but haven't changed them on mine yet. I have modded the bottom portion of the front panel to allow the front intake to suck a little more air however. Was a very simple mod, just needed an X-acto knife since the plastic is very thin. Going to clean it up a bit with a bit of fine sandpaper.

Edited by Aestylis - 2/15/14 at 9:52am
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Instead of sandpaper, scrape it with the X-acto blade. Position the blade perpendicular to the edge, tilted slightly forward and move it along the edge with minor pressure. It should make a smooth screeching noise and make thin plastic shavings. You can get a much nicer smooth surface by scraping. Sanding leaves most plastics looking fuzzy.
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That PrimoChill Hex grill is going to look sick! Can't wait to see it finished thumb.gif
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Looks like a good mod, have you got any temperature figures for a before/after comparison?
 
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