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Cooling an Antec Sonata II?

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I was just concerned about cooling my current rig once I start to overclock... Anyone else out there with a Sonata II?

http://images10.newegg.com/NeweggIma...129-155-12.jpg

That's the picture of the inside. As you can see, there is a nice air duct to pull fresh air onto the mobo, a 120mm exhaust fan in the back.... But aside from that, I don't know how else to cool this thing...

Would putting a 80mm in the side panel help a lot? I'm thinking this air duct is cute, but nothing special, as it could easily be replaced by a duct just going straight out of the side panel instead of looping around to the back.

Another possibility I've thought of would be exhaust on the top, which I'll probably do anyway.

Thanks in advance.
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Yup, I have a Sonata II too, (that sounds weird when you say it out loud). I played with the air duct a bit when I had the stock HSF, I have since replaced the stock HSF, so the duct went too. Allot of the reviews I read on this case said CPU temp was the same with or without the duct, but noticed decrease in temps when the duct was adjusted as close as you could get it to the HSF. I think its ducted out he back to reduce noise, but Im sure a vent in the side cover would work too, just noisier. I have been trying to modify the stock duct to work with my Zalman 9500, I have done some testing with a cut up & hot glued temporary duct, but havn't got the results I would like to see yet, I gave up for a while, but now have another tactic I like to try. I have the 120mm fan on medium & the airflow seems just fine, you could turn the 120mm fan on high if you want more airlfow. You could also add another 120mm fan, there are 4 holes to mount it on the back of the hard drive cage, 4 push pins & your up & running, that fan mount is designed to pull air into the case.
    
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