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Is it a good idea to leave the side panel off on you computer?

post #1 of 10
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Just wondering, because my computer gets on the verge of overheating/is over heating with it on, maybe this a easy way to stay cool : ( Are there any drawback to leaving the side panel off apart from getting dirty..?

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post #2 of 10
Should be ok I guess.. Did you try out to see what happens with your temps? Maybe an extra case fan or so or better airflow in the case could improve temps. How is your cable management?

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post #3 of 10
Actually cases are designed to direct air flow, unless you are going to take some fan and blow into it it is best to keep covers on. Of course it is also a good Idea to upgrade fans and balance airflow.
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post #4 of 10
Yes there is a major drawback.
When your side panel is on it usually means the air is forced to follow a certain path within your case making it go over the components to take away the heat (provided you have good ventilation... I mean front and rear fans that are powerful enough).
Let's say you open the side panel. What do you think happens ? Simply put... the rear fan will be drawing air from its immediate vicinity (since air follows the path offering the least resistance) and thus there won't be any air flow over your motherboard, CPU, RAM, etc...
The air will just become stagnant within your case. You will have aeration (where the air stands still around the components) instead of ventilation (where the air passes/moves over the components).
Aeration is bad because it will cause some areas of your mobo to heat up far more than others around then... creating focal points where heat rises to new peaks possibly damaging things.
To sum it up, it's better to leave your side panel closed and install more/bigger fans if possible and improve cable management by using round cables for example.
The only exception is to have a big external fan blowing at your components if you decide to take the side panel off.
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post #5 of 10
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Well I just tested it and the result are about the same. My Cpu still at @ ~62(!!!!) degrees celcius under load. Power supply @ ~ 43 System ~28 and video card @ ~43-5

I don't think these are normal results! @_@'''

Also I have all the fans installed, even a PCI blower >_>
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post #6 of 10
Check your CPU cooler. Is it stock? Did you use thermal paste, and if so, how much (too much is not good!). Is it mounted correctly, making tight and even contact with the CPU?

PSU/Case/Video temps are not too bad imo (if these are temps under load), It is mainly the CPU temp, giving me the idea you need to take a good look at the CPU cooler (and possibly get a better one)
    
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post #7 of 10
Fill in your profile so it will be easier to help, thanks.
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post #8 of 10
The directions of fans means a lot as well.

Also, if you have a stock CPU cooler, that may be an issue.
Sometimes, just removing it and adding arctic 5 or a different thermal paste can reduce temps quite a bit compared to stock thermal pads.
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post #9 of 10
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Thanks for all the replies : )

It's probably my cpu cooler, I am using the one that came with my CPU. I was thinking of maybe getting a Big Typhoon as many people on this forum like it. Although I'm not sure it's will fit my computer >.>'

Also I updated my profile as best I could xD
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post #10 of 10
Just get a house hold fan and set it up blowing directly into your computer. That is what I did before I got my new case when I was overclocking my video card so much it was making the processor overheat. It lowered the temps by about 5-8 degrees celsius.
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