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    Hi everyone,
    I have an Enermax Uber Chakra case, not the best but was big and roomy for 60 and much better than my old case.
    The problem im having is that when the side panel is on the case gets hot, even to touch sometimes but as soon as the side panel is off its noticeably cooler. i have good airflow with it all being drawn out of the 250mm side fan to fit the the corsair h70's reccomendation on having the fans draw air in rather than push it out.
    I have got a small room and ambient temps are around 25-26c so im not expecting mircales, just wondered if theres anything different i could do to improve it.
    Also it is under a desk but with space around it and my cable management is fairly good, spent a lot of time to try and improve airflow.

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    I would draw as much cool air in to the case as possible.

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    Do you think swapping the fan direction around on the H70 might yield cooler case temperatures rather than pampering to the H70?lol
    My hdd were going up to about 35-40c when gamingas the hot air built up so much.

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    Many choices to solve the problem. Get a high speed fan for the exhaust would be the simplest remedy. Just becsuse you think you have good air flow does not always mean it is true. IMO and some others, more air exiting the case is better. Always rear exhaust out. If you have limited fans, you need to calculate the cfm's entering and cfm's leaving the case. This is the difference between positive and negative air pressure. If you have limited fans, make sure the push more air out of the case and the fan used for exhaust has more CFM's than the total entering. If you have 4 or more it is ok to run 2 in and 2 out. I would still make sure more air leaves that enters. The downside with positive air pressure ie more dust.

    If you feel you need more fans and you side panel has no fan, you can easily mod the side panel wi a dremmel. You can mod even up to a 200mm fan on the side.

    The other option is WATERCOOLING! Psssssst, Deton. Time to wake up ole timer!

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    I would try having the flow in at the back in on the side and out at the front. You could remove all the front filtration including around the drive bays. I don't know the case but if it has top fan then out for that one too.

    Doing this will mean that the air leaving the case through unused drive bays and the front fan should help create some degree of cross flow from the back fan to help cool your MB. lastly increase the fanspeed of your gpu some...say 60% idle and up near 100%, or what your ears can tolerate, when loaded.

    Some cases with perforated metal covering the fans can benefit from having this removed and simple wire fan guards fitted.

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    Thanks guys, i think ill invest in some really good quality fans then, at the moment im using just the standard provided fans so im guessing there air flow rate is quite low compared to better models

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    Shame you don't live closer you could borrow some of my fans.

    For a cheapish fan to use for testing may I suggest the yate loon d12sh12. I really don't know much about fans that are not on a rad or heatsink but those ones that are good would likely suit as case fans too.

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    You say the system is under your desk. What is the air flow around the case, is this area enclosed on the sides and rear? If so, how much space is there between the case and that area of the desk. Perhaps a picture of just where and how the case sits in relation to the desk might also provide some suggestions for you.

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    Thanks for the offer grumpy
    Im not adverse to too much noise, got used to it over time now and i play drums haha!
    My main concern was that everything was slowly getting warm and coul get damaged. Ill take some pics and up load how it is.
    The biggest open area is on the side where the side panel would be which is why i think its so cool with the side panel off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KIPPER View Post
    You say the system is under your desk. What is the air flow around the case, is this area enclosed on the sides and rear? If so, how much space is there between the case and that area of the desk. Perhaps a picture of just where and how the case sits in relation to the desk might also provide some suggestions for you.

    Forgive Kip, He is looking to see if there is enough space for him to squeeze in under your desk!



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    here are some pics as promise. Some of the cbling isnt the neatest as iv recently added some little bits but will be sorted soon.
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    Doesn't look like a good air cooling case.

    Looks like the corsair is pulling air into the case???

    If you have an intake fan in the front panel you might flip it so it is an exhaust fan and maybe replace it with a better air moving fan.

    That side panel should have a 200mm or bigger intake fan on it so from looking at the setup if you put the panel back on and run the fan you will have a total positive air system.

    Maybe the best solution is to get a better case that's know for air movement like the CM HAF series just to name one brand.

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    I tried running the front fan the other way round but the hard drives got extremly warm (upto 40c sometimes) so flipped it back around.
    IS your suggestion to run the rear intake as is then the side panel to draw cool air in and the front fan to exhaust? just to make sure iv got it clear.

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    I can get the Lian Li PC-7FN case for 60 do you think that would give me some temperature improvement?

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    first thing I would try is Front fan in Intake, put the H70 in push pull to take air from the interior and exhaust out the rear and put the side panel back on so you will get the 200mm fan back to work as intake.

    If possible to change that front fan to a 140mm then I would try that with a good quality fan that will move as much air as I could stand in regards to the fan noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russell16688 View Post
    I tried running the front fan the other way round but the hard drives got extremly warm (upto 40c sometimes) so flipped it back around.
    IS your suggestion to run the rear intake as is then the side panel to draw cool air in and the front fan to exhaust? just to make sure iv got it clear.
    Why are you worried about 40 on a seagate barracuda? Operating temps can go into the 50's. Worry more about the radiator.
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