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Do you think this is sufficient cooling for a daily use gaming pc... no overclocking intended.

1 120mm fan exaust in the back, 1 80 mm fan in the side panel for intake.

should i add mor fans? the only spots i have left are for 4 80mm fans in the front.. i was thinking 2 in the front for intake.. but then i dont have enough air being pulled out do i?

I was thinking modding the case for an exaust fan up top but i dont know if i should go 80 or 120 mm, or if its even neccesary.

Also take into considerationt he PSU fans i believe it sucks the air in and exausts out of the back... and then my Zalman 9500 blowing air also.
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post #2 of 8
The general rule of pc cooling is to take cool air in through the front low then exhaust out the rear of the case at the top.

1 x 120mm fan can shift as much air as 2x 80mm fans. (well close)

So i would suggest 2 1x80mm fans intake.
1x 120mm fan outake.
And the side fan.

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post #3 of 8
As said above front and side as intakes, top and rear as exausts
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post #4 of 8
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So i should mod my case to fit a top fan? I never did it before so it should be interesting. 80mm or 120mm for the top?
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post #5 of 8
A top fan can be very good also (80mm would be fine but if you have space go for 120mm for extra cooling and quieter environment)

This months issue of Custompc magazine had a very informative article on the cooling aspects of PC cases which basically detailed, with cool thermal pictures the hotspots of the various popular cases.

I think that the balance of the fan configuration i mentioned and the top intake would be more than enough cooling i would say.

What kind of ambient (ie room temp) and case temps you getting?
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post #6 of 8
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this isnt for my current comp.. its for my new build that im in the progress of doing... my room temps are farely cool since i have central air and its summer so it should be around 70 ish ide believe?

And you say use the top as an intake?? that would leave me with the top, side and 2 front fans as intake and only one 120 mm fan in the back handling exaust. that doesnt seem right.
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Originally Posted by Lilwheezy75
this isnt for my current comp.. its for my new build that im in the progress of doing... my room temps are farely cool since i have central air and its summer so it should be around 70 ish ide believe?

And you say use the top as an intake?? that would leave me with the top, side and 2 front fans as intake and only one 120 mm fan in the back handling exaust. that doesnt seem right.
Nope

Top fan exhaust. (pref 120mm)
2x 80mm front intake
1x 120mm back outake
1x 80mm side intake

Sorry if i was confusing
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post #8 of 8
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alright gotcha now, ill have to work on figuring an easy way to mod my case to fit a top fan since it doesnt have that spot.. and then work on buying them.
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