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Adding extra one or two fans

By H3llion
May 22, 2011
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  1. Hey guys,

    I recently got an idea of adding a new fan to the side of my case for extra cooling as I might as well take the advantage of wasted space. Now my question is, shall I make it exhaust or intake?

    I already got a intake fan at the front of my case and obviously exhaust at the back, but no idea what I should do with the side. Infact shall I add extra one to the side? Would it fit nicely without disturbing the overall airflow in the case?

    Here are pictures of my case (side, front and the side panel door). (Yes the cable management is TERRIBLE :p)

    My Plan:

    Good'ol power tools. I will be drilling holes in the side of my case so that the fan can fit. I know its really odd way to do it (i guess) but sounds like fun and I might as well try it, nothing to loose... apart from some holes on the side hehe...]

    Or could just get bunch of fan filters/grills xD

    Here is what it could look like.

    http://imageshack.us/m/199/5641/casemodplan.jpg

    Side Panel Door:

    http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/3023/imgp1801.jpg
    http://imageshack.us/m/34/1759/imgp1802o.jpg

    Side:

    http://imageshack.us/m/196/8/imgp1805k.jpg
    http://imageshack.us/m/109/3585/imgp1808r.jpg
    http://imageshack.us/m/26/3976/imgp1807u.jpg

    Front:

    http://imageshack.us/m/156/375/imgp1803i.jpg

    (Slideshow)

    Here are my specs fyi:

    MOBO: M4N78SE
    CASE: Antec (something ... P160, its around 4+ years old...)
    CPU: AMD II X2 555 BE (3.6Ghz OC / 3.2Ghz stock)
    GPU: GTX460 1GB
    PSU: OCZ Stealth Xstream II 600W
    Front Intake Fan: 120mm Blue LED Fan
    Exhaust Fan: Thermaltake TT-1225 (120mm afaik)

    Temperatures: http://imageshack.us/m/843/2176/tempsi.jpg

    Also what fan shall I buy? Don't really care about noise but more of performance ratio. Was thinking of either 140mm Blue LED fan or another 120mm Blue LED that I already have for intake at the front.

    Not sure if the Thermaltake TT-1225 is more powerful then the 120mm BLUE LED.... really wanna find a good fan (blue glow) that is around £1-£10 range...

    Any Ideas? :wave:

    PS:

    My cable management is absolutely terrible, but did best I can lol.. was my 1st time building a PC... so yeh kinda sucked...
    Need to do some cleaning, alot of dust just sitting there...
    No idea what my case brand is... looks like old Antec P160.... got it from my uncle heh :p
    Yes front panel is missing hehe ^^ More air lol...

    Thanks in advance, all help much appreciated :)
  2. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903

    I would make the fan on the side an intake. That way it will push cool outside air over your video card and motherboard, as opposed to pulling air away from them.

    As for what fan, I have never used LED fans, but if you decide not to go for LED's Scythe Slipstreams and Noctua fans are great regarding noise/performance ratio.
  3. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 968   +99

    Heh changed my mind. Buying new case and my current one will go to a friend (still going to make a hole at the side though).

    Casecom 6788 for case
    120mm Black Case Fan x2 for the side intake. Or 2x 120mm Blue Led fans, which ever is better.
    140mm Casecom Blue Led for top exhaust. Front the default fan with the case and the back exhaust my current 120mm blue led.

    That said might just go for plain black fans, heard that LED fans kinda suck :3


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