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My case is on my desk and not enclosed in a cabinet so it is open to the air on all sides. It has the following fans set up in it.

Front 120mm intake
Side panel 80mm intake
2 x 80mm back exhaust
SeaSonic S12 600W w/ exhaust fan
Top of case 80mm exhaust

Should the top fan be exhaust or intake? I have it on exhaust because hot air rises.

I have a Sapphire Radeon 9800Pro with stock cooling. Would a PCI slot fan help cool the case by moving some of the graphics card heat out of the case? If yes, recommendations?

Is this a good set up? Do you guys recommend any changes?

Thanks.
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post #2 of 17
That is the correct setup. Definately exhuast at the top
    
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post #3 of 17
The add on slot fans tend to not work well with the video card. The built in ones on the other hand do.
Imagine a slot cooler installed, on the fan side of the vid card it fights the vid cards fan. On the back side it pulls air from where ever it can and has no dirrect draw from the expeled hot air of the vid cards HS.
If you have one already, try it and see if the temps drop any.
With the very good setup your case has I would not wory about adding a slot fan.
    
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post #4 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by NipDar
My case is on my desk and not enclosed in a cabinet so it is open to the air on all sides. It has the following fans set up in it.

Front 120mm intake
Side panel 80mm intake
2 x 80mm back exhaust
SeaSonic S12 600W w/ exhaust fan
Top of case 80mm exhaust

Should the top fan be exhaust or intake? I have it on exhaust because hot air rises.

I have a Sapphire Radeon 9800Pro with stock cooling. Would a PCI slot fan help cool the case by moving some of the graphics card heat out of the case? If yes, recommendations?

Is this a good set up? Do you guys recommend any changes?

Thanks.
I use one of..these..on my 9800pro and find it does the job, and excellent value at US $16.00. The 9800pro run quite hot.
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post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by xie67
I use one of..these..on my 9800pro and find it does the job, and excellent value at US $16.00. The 9800pro run quite hot.
Sweet, does it actually replace the vid cards fan or is it designed ot work inconjunction with it?
Just curious... my post was refering to a generic slot fan setup, just clarifying things
    
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post #6 of 17
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This is the type of PCI slot card that I was looking at to take the exhast from the 9800Pro's fan and vent it out of the case. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835888309
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post #7 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Duke
Sweet, does it actually replace the vid cards fan or is it designed ot work inconjunction with it?
Just curious... my post was refering to a generic slot fan setup, just clarifying things
Yes tht's correct, you remove the original heatsink/fan assembly.
Then apply some thermal paste to the heatsink or the GPU (whatever your preference), screw it on via the clip bracket that mounts on the rear of the PCB straight through the existing 2 holes.

cheers..and be happy not mad !

edit:You have a good GPU cooler and an exhaust fan sytem all in one effective package.
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post #8 of 17
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I could just add a VGA cooler instead like xie67 suggested.

The front of my case is solid (aka no specific air vents) so I'm not sure where the 120mm fan is pulling the air from. Would a hard drive cooler fan that fits in one of the drive bays and pulls from the front be a better idea?
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post #9 of 17
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Just thought of something else. Should I make the hole on the top bigger so it will accomodate a 120mm fan instead of a 80mm? Then if the hard drive intake fan is a good idea I can the 120mm fan from the front and move it up there.
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post #10 of 17
I use that AC Silencer but the ATI 5 rev. 2 model for my X800XL and have to say it is a fantastic cooler and a real bargain.
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