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my cpu runs 4c cooler with the side off, so off it stays.
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I'm not sure about this but I think it's better to keep the case closed and make sure there are at least both a rear exhaust fan and a front intake fan to make air circulate through your case.
Some people argue that if you leave your case open then the air inside it is going to be stagnant which means aeration but no ventilation. This also means that the air around your components is not moved. It could create local heat focal points (sections on a certain chip that get hotter than the rest of the chip).
On the other hand, if you have a closed case with no holes/cracks/openings and you correctly install your fans then you would force the hot air around the components to be continuously moved and replaced with newer and cooler air.
It's up to you but I prefer to leave my case closed and create proper air flow inside it.
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Originally Posted by z_one
I'm not sure about this but I think it's better to keep the case closed and make sure there are at least both a rear exhaust fan and a front intake fan to make air circulate through your case.
Some people argue that if you leave your case open then the air inside it is going to be stagnant which means aeration but no ventilation. This also means that the air around your components is not moved. It could create local heat focal points (sections on a certain chip that get hotter than the rest of the chip).
On the other hand, if you have a closed case with no holes/cracks/openings and you correctly install your fans then you would force the hot air around the components to be continuously moved and replaced with newer and cooler air.
It's up to you but I prefer to leave my case closed and create proper air flow inside it.
Yes, you are right. According to common physics and Scientific Laws...

But if the fans in your case aren't doing thier job, than open that baby up.
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yea, technically your computer is supposed to run cooler with the side on, because then you can have one stream of cool air moving throughout the case, instead of either random flow or no flow. this was the case on mine untill i got a 73cfm fan for my heatsink to replace its stock 28cfm. now it appears that it is sucking in so much cool air that it is better to leave the side off. in fact that same fan also cools my northbridge and ram quite well (both run cooler than before). so yes you can do both, generally if it runs alot cooler with the side off, then you need better case cooling (im gonna cut a hole in the side to duct air to the HS to remedy this problem). but do whatever works best.
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My side is vented w/ a mesh screen
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With it closed you will need at least 120cfm of air entering and leaveing at the same time that would require about 140cfm to 150cfm of input to reach this. most computers have about 70cfm to 80.
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