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post #1 of 36
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Hey guys.

I currently have very bad airflow in my system (I think?). I only have two case fans, and the stock intel HSF.

here are some pictures:



My case



here you can see the side case fan, positioned near my graphics card. The case fan is currently intake.



Case rear, two fan grills, only have one installed. it's exhaust.



Case interior. there are two fan grills in the front near the HDD bays. no fans installed. my power supply has a fan on the bottom of it, don't know which way it's blowing. also there's a fan on the graphics card, i also don't know which way it's blowing. then i have the stock intel hsf.


I am planning on buying a few fans (maybe 3, to fill all of the empty spaces in my case). I need help figuring out which ones should be intake and which ones should be exhaust.

My current system:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz
Asus P5K-E / WiFi-Ap Mobo
Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 2GB RAM (2 X 1GB)
Galaxy GeForce 8800GT Overclocked 600MHZ 512MB Graphics card
Corsair CMPSU-450VX 450W PSU
500GB SATA HDD

Now I am probably going to be switching from the Intel Stock HSF to a better one, most likely the Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer. I would like to overclock, to the highest possible safe speed that I can get to. Also, when I get the new HSF, which way should I point the fan? towards the back of the case? is it intake or exhaust? should i also get an extra fan to put on the other side of the HS?


the Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer

Please help .
post #2 of 36
2 in the front should be intake, same with the side fan,
and the 2 in the back should be exhaust.

you generally want the air to flow front to back.

so for whichever cpu cooler you get, you also want that to exhaust towards the back of the case.

it prolly wouldnt hurt to clean up the wires a bit
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post #3 of 36
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lol sadly, that is my version of "clean" wires.

A few more questions though:

- How many more fans should I buy?
- Should I get the Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer (if not, which HSF do you recommend for overclocking?)
- Should I mount 2 fans (one on each side) on my CPU Heatsink, or is one enough?
- Just out of curiosity, does the fan on a graphics card suck air towards it or blow the hot air away from it?
post #4 of 36
Find out how much space you have. These quads make a LOT of heat; you want the best/biggest cooler you can fit. If you have the space, put in a ThermalRight Ultra Extreme http://www.petrastechshop.com/thulhecpucos.html or Tuniq 120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835154001

otherwise, one of the zalmans might fit. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118020
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118223

trust me, you want as much heatsink as you can get- even the tuniq had trouble with mine- I'm on water now! (I might be able to sell my tuniq now, actually- pm if interested)
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post #5 of 36
Hey, Welcome to OCN. This place rocks.

In general PSU fans are exhaust, and like burrbit mentioned you generally want the air flow in the case to be from the bottom front to the upper rear (hot air rises). Also its recommended that you have slightly more CFM exhausting air than intake... a 60/40 ratio will be just fine. And if you cut out the fan grills you'll get better flow and make less noise.

EDIT:

The Sunbeam is a pretty good cooler from what I've heard, I'd also check out these three
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...=156&Itemid=62

Oh and your GPU fan blows down through the heatsink... in your case that means the air is moving in a relative up. It isn't a intake or and exhaust, its just cooling itself. The air is dispersed in a 360degree area from the bottom of the HS
Edited by logan - 6/26/08 at 11:25am
post #6 of 36
Get some zip-ties and organize those cables. That'll probably drop a few degrees off your temperatures right there.
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post #7 of 36
filll all fan ports.
Get a better heat sink (there are WAY to many to chose from lol)

You could always mod some fan ports on to it...
post #8 of 36
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filll all fan ports.
Get a better heat sink (there are WAY to many to chose from lol)

You could always mod some fan ports on to it...
You know I was seriously thinking about doing that, but the only place there is space is on top... Maybe a massive exhaust on the top of my case??
post #9 of 36
I am putting this on the top of my old case that i will start modding as soon as the stuf gets here lolhttp://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...oducts_id=3703
post #10 of 36
I think I see a squirrel hiding in there...

Remedy: Cably management x 5, front plastic thing removed, 120mm intake installed at the front.
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