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Hi,

So I am sitting in work thinking how I can cool my machine a little more and possible install some strip lighting and plexi glass,

So i will need one of these ; http://www.ebuyer.com/product/138706

As my board only has one 3pin port for the CPU fan,

Excuse the bad drawing, it shows a rough outline of my case, red lines show where I can add fans, There is already a fan in fan 1 slot, doesn't seem to work though. Another fan can bee added in say slot 4 which is un-labeled as it can be side mounted on the case door.

Was also going to try and mount another fan to the side of my heatsink to create a push/pull setup but I don't understand how i can change the direction of the fan.

Where should i place fans for best results, which fans are best, past experiences and what not, kinda new to all this.



Or just water cool.
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post #2 of 10
I would intake from 1 and 2 and exhaust at 3. For basic case fans, the requirements aren't as strict as they would be for a heatsink or a radiator fan, so really anything with decent CFM/dBA ratio would be good (unless you'll be using a fan controller).
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Not using a fan controller, just worried about increase in noise, dont want and aircraft in my room,

If i go with water cooling eventually does this render these fans pretty much useless, with regards to the CPU anyway, obviously they would still keep other components cooler
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This improves cooling when I close up the case.

Points to note:

1. No rear grill or rear fan. The heatsink acts as a case exhaust (see item 2. in my sig to see how that works).

2. The rear of the top fan ports is closed off to avoid recirculation.

3. With the rear position free from obstructions, the air pours out. With no fan there, there is less noise overall.
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Quote:
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This improves cooling when I close up the case.

Points to note:

1. No rear grill or rear fan. The heatsink acts as a case exhaust (see item 2. in my sig to see how that works).

2. The rear of the top fan ports is closed off to avoid recirculation.

3. With the rear position free from obstructions, the air pours out. With no fan there, there is less noise overall.
+1

#1 and #3 are commonly overlooked. Go with this configuration.
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thanks for the help, ill mimic your setup

When you say there rear and top fans are closed off what does this mean? , you have a fan there but cover the top of it?

Cant really understand it from your guide either maybe i am not reading it properly

+1
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This goes under a shelf, so no one looks down on the machine to see the kludge on top. Front top fan position has an intake fan. Rear top fan position has no fan and is closed off to prevent air recirculation. The point of the design is to present fresh air to the heatsink and to encourage an air stream out the back. Note that there is no rear grill and no rear fan to add noise. The air just exits the case.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't it be better to have an exhaust on the top? Seeing as heat rises and all.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't it be better to have an exhaust on the top? Seeing as heat rises and all.
And the heated air rises past various components to warm it, so that what is presented to the heatsink is not cool air but warm. The heatsink is only as good as the medium it works on.

In fact, I tried my system with top exhaust. The cpu temps were 3c warmer than with top intake.
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