Originally Posted by wermad
Would anyone assume any thermal deficiencies by using tap on the edges of the two towers?
My only concern would be how well the tape would stick after the repeated hot and cool cycles of using the system. You could have a loose piece of tape flapping around in there!
Originally Posted by .Griff.
Cheers for the reply. Can you elaborate on the Noctua comment for me?
I had it spare and assumed, perhaps wrongly, that it would be better at exhausting the air than the stock Corsair fan. Are you suggesting I replace the Noctua with something else? Any recommendations?
The CFM of the Noctua is no where near that of the TY-140s. You have air being recirculated inside the case and lowering the effectiveness of the SA. I would suggest you consider the following to improve airflow, temps and noise:
1. Remove the rear grill mesh with a nibbler tool. Check out the Nibbler Club item in my sig for more details. With the rear grill gone you will gain a notably higher amount of air blowing out the rear of the case. You may not even need a fan there if you're happy with your temps. That was the case for me as I like a quieter PC.
2. Whether the rear grill is removed or not you should look into replacing the rear exhaust fan. That is, if you intend to still use a rear exhaust fan. There are a ton of choices here. I've become a recent fan of both Bitfenix Spectre Pro (140+ 200mm) and Phanteks (140mm). A lot of folks in the 650D thread really like the Bitfenix fans.
If you run the fans on the SA at 100% the above changes will help lower your temps. If you are going for a more quiet setup definitely look into removing the rear grill. The Noctua would be able to more effectively handle the lower volume or air trying to escape the case. The Positive Airflow Cooling item in my sig may also be helpful.
Originally Posted by skyisover
Anyone got a SA SB-E Extreme yet? I'm looking to buy a TR air cooler but don't know whether I should get the SB-E regular or the SB-E extreme. Guess the noise level turns me off. But can you lower it? Sorry have no experience with air coolers.
If you never want to hear how noisy 140mm fans spinning at 2500 RPM are then definitely get the SB-E. The TY-141 and TY-150 more tons of air and are not noisy at all. Edited by solsamurai - 7/23/12 at 3:27pm