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I was thinking about the CM Stacker 830 and was contemplating which fan configurations would be the best. I have come up with a few, and I though I'd run them by you guys, tell me what you think. Just to recap for those who don't know or may have forgotten, the CM Stacker 830 technically has room for 9 120mm fans, 3 in the front (9 front 5.25in bays) 4 on either side panel (left side for ATX or right side if you convert it to BTX) and an exhaust and a top blow hole. So I could mount my fans like so.....:

1) The calm, silent approach, 1 exhaust at the rear of the case and 1 top blowhole, both would act as exhausts causing a negative pressure inside the case causing cool air to be drawn in through both sides and the front which are made up largely of mesh. This solution would be extremely quiet and I could use 2 of my SilenX Ixtrema red LED fans which are 14dBA and push 58CFM each so it would REALLY be extremely quiet, and the fans would be free.....

2) Fully loaded, I would have to go out and buy 4 new fans, but I could use my 3 Silenx Ixtrema red LED (14dBA/58CFM) fans with 1 mounted at the front as an intake blowing over my HDDs and two replacing the rear and top exhausts, I would then have to get 4 more fans for the side panel orgy of intakes this configuration would ensure that everything in my case receives fresh, cool air from the outside and then that air is exhausted by the 2 exhaust fans, my PSUs 700RPM 120mm fan as well as my AC Silencer on my GPU, alternatively I could also switch the HDD fan around and have that be an exhaust out the front also because 4x120mm fans as the intakes on the side would cause enough positive pressure to force the hot air out so an intake anywhere else would be fighting them anyways

3) Really an alternate of #2 but replacing the top, rear and front with intakes and having no exhausts, again using the pressure of the case to my advantage because all the hot air would be forced out of the side of the case, the top blowhole would probably have to be an exhaust though, I really don't like this idea as much because the PSU would exhaust right above where the rear fan would intake and if I had that as an exhaust too, well then there really wouldn't be much of a point to that at all now would there? lol

So which do you guys like best and why? Should I go all out and mount 8 120mm fans in my case or go bare minimum and just use 2 or 3? Just lettin ya guys know but pandapimp also wants this case and he is planning on getting 8 Thermaltake Thunderblade fans and 2 5 channel Zalman fan controllers to keep them spinning nice and slow, my basic philosophy for designing the cooling on his case was to keep it quiet while having the air inside the case refreshed within a short cycle, meaning that there is no hot air trapped inside the case, ever. He wants to have 2x120mm in the front as intake as well as the 4 on the side as intakes and have 2x120mm in the rear and top as exhausts, is this a good idea or would there be too severe of an inbalance? Should he have the 2 fronts as exhausts too?
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I can't understand what you're saying in that post, its as if you were gonna say something but then died jk, from what I gather you're buying CM cases (all of them Stacker 830s?) for every computer you own? If so that is totally awesome, got any input on the casefan issue I have? I have pretty much decided that the PSU and my GPU will be given exhausts and I will have the top blowhole and rear fans also as exhausts leaving the 4 fan slots on the side and the 2 in the front, which should be intake and which should be exhaust?
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My friend experimented a lot with the 830 stacker, he found out that 1 front intake, 4 side intakes, 4 exhausts (3 on top(modded) 1 on the back)

But i would say cram as many fans in that bad boy as you can, maybe even mod it so you can fit dual crossflow fans on top and bottom of the side rack, and have quad 120MM fans on the side rack, and 3 front 120MM's, 3 on top or 1 on top if you don't want to mod it, and 1 on the back, and you'll have the best air cooling known to man...unless...


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Thats a sick case ill be envious if you choose it 4x 120mm's directly on your mobo... jeez
    
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Yes it is quite the awesome design IMO, and not just the cooling, I have seen some raving reviews on this case, it is definitely my next case, though if I decide to merely upgrade my PC instead of buying a whole new one then I'll likely stick with my case.
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