Airflow help

By trick>of>light
Sep 19, 2002
  1. Started the build on my new macine last night. Not finished yet though sleep and work got in the way. First time I've done a build with new componenets.

    AMD Athlon XP 2000
    Abit KX7 333
    Zalman Copper Flower CPU cooler
    Virgo Tsunami Case

    and the rest

    My question is at the moment the only fans are the one blowing onto the zalman flower and the power suplly fan.

    I haven't powered on yet still got some connections to do so I haven't fried anything.

    Should I get a case fan?

    If so will I be OK to just install my software/drivers and get the case fan for working day to day.

    Thanks all
  2. JAV

    JAV TS Rookie Posts: 210

    Fans are cheap insurance, IMO. I'd put an intake fan on the bottom front & an exhaust fan at the rear top > if you can. A 92mm in front & a 80mm in back should cover it if the PSU has an intake & exhaust fan > the PSU intake will draw case air too. ;)

    Sounds like a nice system & I hope it serves you well. I'm sure it will. :grinthumb
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    A case fan is an absolute MUST for any decent Athlon system. If your room temperature ever gets too warm, then BAM. Your CPU will definitely overheat no matter how good your heatsink/fan is.

    Your CPU heatsink and fan are only as good as the temperature of the air in your case... Cooler case temperatures means a huge deal in keeping things cool.
  4. trick>of>light

    trick>of>light TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks guys - I thought that was the case.

    I'll order one now and maybe some of those fancy round IDE cables too!

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