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Not too sure where this post belongs, Case mods, air cooling or Cooling Experiments but here it goes.
I got to thinking that the front fans on my case lose a lot of air flow between having to go thru a HDD cage, even without the HDD cage the air flow is disbursed a lot before it reaches critical components on the motherboard so I thought I would come up with a way to straighten the air flow to where it’s would do the most good.
I would use 4 Mountain Mods bay fan adapters and a 4.5 inch acrylic tube (not easy to locate that size tube cheap enough) glued together that would be a bolt in assembly. I’m not sure how well it will work but hey what else do I have to do plus it seems like a fun project to try out, it might even look cool in my case, I should have all the parts I need in a week’s time then I can play!



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post #2 of 10
If your looking for a cheap tube for this try a CD or DVD spindle cover. It should fit perfectly.
Like this only inside the 5.25 bays like you said.


I have done this on lots of builds and there are tons of different ways to do it.
I will say that in most cases you will get better temps.
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post #3 of 10
I mounted a 120mm fan into my extra 5.25 bays. I used an old IDE optical drive, gutted it, and used the metal bottom cover for my fan mount. It slides perfectly into bays, because its made to. Then I mounted my fan to the "lip" by where the power and IDE cables plugged into. Nice to see they make a mount for it. I just couldnt find one.

I then mounted my HDD and SSD onto my fan tray I made. I mounted them sideways so the cables come out toward the back panel(behind the MOBO tray). I used my Nexus DoubleTwin as a spacer/mounting for them(which is similar to your HDD adapter)

I like the idea about the tunnel, should have a velocity stack effect. Would like to see pictures when you get it installed. Hope it works out
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post #4 of 10
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I never thought about using a CD/DVD spindle cover, too late now as I have enough acrylic tube on the way, I think it will work out better any ways since I'll be using acrylic glue to glue it to acrylic. The one thing I really want to see is how the lighting affect will work out at the back of the tube, I am using the Xigmatek Crystal series CLF-F1252 red led fans that have very bright light.
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post #5 of 10
I did something similar on a project back in Febuary. I put lights inside of the tubes. It looked pretty good.
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post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Machiyariko View Post
If your looking for a cheap tube for this try a CD or DVD spindle cover. It should fit perfectly.
Like this only inside the 5.25 bays like you said.

OT ~ Dunno if you were aware, but that is an image of an Ion "Fan" (no moving parts) at the rear of the case... coooool!

Not being an ass or anything, just was kinda surprised to see that image as that type of fan is kinda rare.

Okay then... back to the topic at hand.


Kev_b, I hope to see a mod-log of your work.

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post #7 of 10
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I recieved the tubes today, still need other parts and my drive bays back from the powder coating shop.
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Here's a couple of pictures fitted into the case.

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Here's a couple of pictures fitted into the case.
Nice.

On a side note, did you fab the carbon tray yourself? I was thinking of doing a carbon case for the case mod comp.
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post #10 of 10
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Nice.

On a side note, did you fab the carbon tray yourself? I was thinking of doing a carbon case for the case mod comp.
The carbon fiber is vinyl from Frozen CPU, fun stuff to play with.
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