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I have done some work in an effort to keep it as cool as possible. I actually cut the entire back of the cabinet out to let in as much air as possible. Also I have a good 3 inches on the back of the cabinet and the wall to let plenty of air in. Finally whenever I'm actively using the computer I keep the cabinet door in the front open to let air in that way as well.

Thanks for the ideas, I'll have to see what I can do with the dryer hose. I think I actually have some extra laying around.
You could always just get a huge 250mm fan or whatever the biggest one is and attach it to the back of the enclosure to blow air out/in.

Do you also have side/top case fans? Those make a big difference on letting air in and out. You may just need to really have a lot blowing in, and have all the air coming out go through the hose and drop off a good distance away so it can't be sucked in again.

On my old system that I made to be as quiet as possible, I ended up doing that. When I hooked up the hose to it, it not only quieted it down, but it kept it pretty cool.
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I have done some work in an effort to keep it as cool as possible. I actually cut the entire back of the cabinet out to let in as much air as possible. Also I have a good 3 inches on the back of the cabinet and the wall to let plenty of air in. Finally whenever I'm actively using the computer I keep the cabinet door in the front open to let air in that way as well.

Thanks for the ideas, I'll have to see what I can do with the dryer hose. I think I actually have some extra laying around.
Good luck
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Wow......The bottom 16x slot is so close to the bottom I may not even be able to put my return hose on there. And I definitely cannot reach the buttons with 2 cards in there. This sucks...I guess I need to get a Tech-Bench or whatever it is called

EDIT: do they both work 16x if you use 1 and 2? The manual is not very clear on this.
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You could always just get a huge 250mm fan or whatever the biggest one is and attach it to the back of the enclosure to blow air out/in.

Do you also have side/top case fans? Those make a big difference on letting air in and out. You may just need to really have a lot blowing in, and have all the air coming out go through the hose and drop off a good distance away so it can't be sucked in again.

On my old system that I made to be as quiet as possible, I ended up doing that. When I hooked up the hose to it, it not only quieted it down, but it kept it pretty cool.

This is my case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119160

It has fans on the top, back, side, and front.

To start I'm just going to run it out of the cabinet for awhile and see what difference it makes. Then I can see if I need to make any further modifications on my cabinet.

Also I want to verify that my case fans are installed correctly. Am I correct to assume that fan in the back should be exhaust while the side, top, and front should be intake fans? Or maybe both top and back should be exhaust while front and side are intake. That probably makes more sense. I would hope since the fans are already installed with the case they would be installed in the correct fashion.
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The top and back are exhaust while the front and sides are intake. They are installed like that by default, so you should be good to go. You may need to replace them with fans that have a higher cfm. I think that's the correct unit. Just something that moves more air. Since it's in an enclosure, it will stifle much of the noise anyway so you could do with something that runs at higher RPMs.

But yeah, definitely compare with it inside and out.

Something else you could do, but I doubt you would, is get a case that has a lock on front that hides all the buttons. That way everything is hidden but the wires at the back. That way, she won't be playing Simon or whatever game that is where you press the buttons that light up.
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The top and back are exhaust while the front and sides are intake. They are installed like that by default, so you should be good to go. You may need to replace them with fans that have a higher cfm. I think that's the correct unit. Just something that moves more air. Since it's in an enclosure, it will stifle much of the noise anyway so you could do with something that runs at higher RPMs.

But yeah, definitely compare with it inside and out.

Something else you could do, but I doubt you would, is get a case that has a lock on front that hides all the buttons. That way everything is hidden but the wires at the back. That way, she won't be playing Simon or whatever game that is where you press the buttons that light up.
Thwarting my youngest is the easy part. Now if you can come up with a way to convince my wife that having a massive black computer chassis sitting exposed in our family room is acceptable I'll be impressed.

I think if I find the enclosure is costing me 5-10 degrees I'll consider a few after market cooling options sooner rather then later.
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Thwarting my youngest is the easy part. Now if you can come up with a way to convince my wife that having a massive black computer chassis sitting exposed in our family room is acceptable I'll be impressed.

I think if I find the enclosure is costing me 5-10 degrees I'll consider a few after market cooling options sooner rather then later.
Show me a picture of your living room and I can teach you how to style that in such a way that you could. Sometimes it's just as easy as putting a vase and a one of those fabric covering dealies on it. "Camouflaged, baby." "Oh honey! Your interior decorating skills are as good as a homosexual's!" "Shut up, baby. I know it."

With the computer, you may just need to kill the lights and you could be in business.


But definitely consider getting it cooler sooner than later. Something that people seem to neglect are their harddrives. Those things getting hot = shorter life = death of data. Just make sure you check those SMART settings and see where it's sitting at. You don't want a toasty hdd just as much as you don't want a toasty cpu.

and there's always the option of water cooling once that becomes available. Put the reservoir outside of the enclosure so it actually gets cool, then just leave it all in there.

You could also do what peugotsystems did with their oil cooled setup. It's $500, but that thing ran cool and it was cool looking. Your wife would just have to let you have that in the living room. It's not only a cooling system but a work of art.
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Water cooling is definitely what I'm planning on doing in the future. I broke the bank building this rig from scratch already so I'm just counting the pennies until I can invest in a water cooling system. If convincing my wife to allow me to have a chassis sitting in the living room is an 8 (on a scale of 1-10). Then convincing my wife to let me spend another couple hundred on this machine is a 12. I'm not going to push my luck.

This machine is primarily for gaming so as long as I can game for a few hours with great performance and still maintain my machine at safe temps I'll be happy. I shouldn't need to OC it to fully enjoy even the latest games so I'll just wait a bit to add some water cooling.
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Yeah that's true. Water cooling isn't all that necessary. Even overclocking isn't all that important. A good video card will have better results than an overclocked processor.

The biggest thing is just getting it to run at a stable temp to have its life extended as much as possible.
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Anyone here tried the board with a set of G.SKILL Pi Series ram yet?

Just ordered a pair, it's not on the QVL, but meh, we'll see I guess.

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Yeah that's true. Water cooling isn't all that necessary. Even overclocking isn't all that important. A good video card will have better results than an overclocked processor.

The biggest thing is just getting it to run at a stable temp to have its life extended as much as possible.
An overclocked processor can make a huge difference, just saying. There is no problem getting it to run at a stable temp, just run it at stock. Only if you overclock, you have to watch the temps, otherwise they are always more than alright, unless you have a faulty chip which is very rare when it comes to CPU's.
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