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File folders, glue stick and black spray paint. biggrin.gif
I sometime make a 'prototype' that has cuts and splices in it to get the fit right, than use that for a pattern for a nicer one. Paint softens the material but when it dries it is stiffer and harder than before.

There is no duct on the motherboard side of duct and the I/O panel is removed. This resulted in lowered motherboard component temps.

I also built ducting around bottom of cooler so airflow is force airflow through motherboard heatsinks. This lowered motherboard component around CPU by 5c.

It fits over cooler and tight against back of case.

Haha. That's awesome. It looks very clean, I assumed it was plastic. I never would have thought to use spray paint to stiffen paper like that. I also hadn't thought to remove the I/O panel. I'll be doing that tonight. Thanks.
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Why not just use a cheapo digital indoor/outdoor thermometer like I show in link below. Once system is setup there is no need for it.
It was only $12 and im going to fix it inside of my case to always monitor it and plus it looks cool lol
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Alright, well I just now ordered 2 Noctua 140mm NH-A14 PWMs, 2 Noctua 120mm NF-F12 PWMs (radiator replacement fans), and a XSPC LCD Temperature Sensor V2. For now I plan to use the 2 140mm fans for intake, and in another week or so I will be ordering 2 more (1 for bottom intake, 1 for exhaust), and also a Swiftech 8 way splitter.

Very nice choices. Also, you should know that Noctua will include 4-pin speed reducers, extensions, and splitters with the fans. That will let you tune the RPM ranges individually if needed.

I am also a fan of temp sensors. Linux makes it a bit easier than Windows to get the mobo temps, but a hardware sensor and a gauge provide nice reassurance.

Please post pics in this thread so we can see how it turns out!

- samwisekoi

p.s. What is your motherboard? I ask because some motherboards have some non-PWM 4-pin fan connectors. ASUS, for example, uses PWM 4-pin headers for the CPU fan, but 4-pin non-PWM headers in other locations. That means that a PWM fan may run at full speed if plugged into one of the non-PWM 4-pin headers. This was certainly true for my Gene.
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I don't have anything new to add since these guys got you covered very well. My sig rig is an R4 with 2 Noctua NF-A14 PWM's for front intake, one NF-A14 for bottom intake and another on the side as an intake. I am using one of the stock fans for a rear exhaust, after a few months its been a great configuration. I did remove the front plastic slat part of the case just to help airflow and I open the front door when I am playing a intense game.
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Very nice choices. Also, you should know that Noctua will include 4-pin speed reducers, extensions, and splitters with the fans. That will let you tune the RPM ranges individually if needed.

I am also a fan of temp sensors. Linux makes it a bit easier than Windows to get the mobo temps, but a hardware sensor and a gauge provide nice reassurance.

Please post pics in this thread so we can see how it turns out!

- samwisekoi

p.s. What is your motherboard? I ask because some motherboards have some non-PWM 4-pin fan connectors. ASUS, for example, uses PWM 4-pin headers for the CPU fan, but 4-pin non-PWM headers in other locations. That means that a PWM fan may run at full speed if plugged into one of the non-PWM 4-pin headers. This was certainly true for my Gene.

I plan on getting a Swifttech 8 way splitter for my case fans here in the next few weeks or so, it hooks up to my CPU fan header and runs my fans of the speed I set for my H100i. I will definitley post some pictures once I get my new fans and once they are installed into my case!
I have a MSI G45 motherboard, but honestly im not sure how many PWM headers it has lol. I should be fine at least until I order my other two NF-A14s. I will use the Noctua Y-splitter for the front two intake fans, and the two fans I will be using to replace the stock corsair fans will plug into the Corsair Y-splitter and plug into the pump on my CPU. thumb.gif
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I don't have anything new to add since these guys got you covered very well. My sig rig is an R4 with 2 Noctua NF-A14 PWM's for front intake, one NF-A14 for bottom intake and another on the side as an intake. I am using one of the stock fans for a rear exhaust, after a few months its been a great configuration. I did remove the front plastic slat part of the case just to help airflow and I open the front door when I am playing a intense game.

Picture of your rig looks great, thats pretty much what Im shooting for with mine once I get all of my fans! Thanks for your input and sharing the picture!!
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I just received these today and will be installing them in the next few hours!!
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Everything installed and running great so far!!
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Might consider moving your SSD from HDD cage to 5.25 bay. and removing cage. As it is now the HDD cage is blocking airflow to GPU. wink.gif
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Might consider moving your SSD from HDD cage to 5.25 bay. and removing cage. As it is now the HDD cage is blocking airflow to GPU. wink.gif

There is actually an area behind my mother board where I can attach a SSD drive, but I also have a Seagate 3TB HDD in the cage as well and dont have room for it anywhere else other than the cage. I figured taking out the top cage would allow better airflow than taking out the bottom cage.
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There is actually an area behind my mother board where I can attach a SSD drive, but I also have a Seagate 3TB HDD in the cage as well and dont have room for it anywhere else other than the cage. I figured taking out the top cage would allow better airflow than taking out the bottom cage.
You could mount the 3.5" HDD in bottom of case or under the 5.25" bays. Bottom would be easy with a couple of spacers and double sided tape. Mount spacers so airflow from fans cal blow under HDD as well as over.
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