How times have changed...
I haven't been on here in a while, but I thought I would pop by and while I am here ask a question that has been bugging me. I am still rocking my Scout I and love it to bits. It needs a good clean now, but I will probably do that when winter arrives:thumb:
I recently got a Gainward GTX970 Phantom and whilst running a lot cooler than my GTX570, it seems to exhaust most of the warm air back into the case and not out the rear, as most non-reference cards do.
Currently my airflow is as follows:
-Stock 120mm fan front of HDD bays
-I moved the stock top 140mm fan to my optical drive bay and put it in place with some cable ties
-Corsair HX650W but the air doesn't enter the case so I doubt it matters (but it does generate heat into the case as it is warm to the touch)
-Top 120mm Cooler Master BladeMaster down towards the CPU
-H80i in push-pull (2*120mm) on rear outlet
-Corsair HX650W but as above, no impact on airflow
Do take note I still have the stock smoked plastic window with the slats in, so the GPU can breathe a little bit through there
I know it is common practice to have your top fan set to exhaust, but my thinking was that I can feed the H80i with cool air as opposed to it using stale air that has risen from the GPU and PSU area. I really love this case and as appealing it is to buy a newer case with better airflow, I just cannot get rid of this baby yet. My CPU temps are very good, but the stale air inside the case is the main issue. I would like to replace the small 120mm fan in the HDD bay with a larger, faster 140mm unit and try flipping the top fan around but I thought I would ask here first before I go through the expense and effort. The limiting factor is the lack of exhaust ports from what I can tell.
Also, my old GTX570 had the power inputs on the top of the card so I could route the PCIE power connectors through my HDD cage where they were neatly out of the way. The new card has them facing the side window and it looks very untidy. If anyone has some suggestions I would be very appreciative!