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April 24, 2013 12:30:03 PM

Hi everyone. I am building a new gaming pc, and got the HAF XM case. It looks great, but I am having some difficulty with the fan setup. What is the best fan configuration to keep the system cool? I was thinking about this setup:
-Front: 200mm fan intake (of course)
-Side: 200mm fan intake or 140mm fan intake
-Rear: 140mm fan exhaust
-Top: none

Will this work? I was also thinking about getting the DEMCiflex filters for the case, but will that hinder airflow too much? Thanks!
April 24, 2013 12:32:42 PM

As long as bottom/top/side are intake and top/back are exhaust you are good.

Generally only one front and one rear fan are needed for good airflow. A top exhaust helps also.
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April 24, 2013 12:38:35 PM

tiny voices said:
As long as bottom/top/side are intake and top/back are exhaust you are good.

Generally only one front and one rear fan are needed for good airflow. A top exhaust helps also.


The case comes with a 200mm front fan (intake), a 200mm top fan (exhaust), and rear 140mm fan (exhaust). Is that all I need, or should I move the top fan to the side and only have one exhaust?
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April 24, 2013 12:39:01 PM

That will be plenty. Nothing more will be needed. Leave the top fan on top.
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April 24, 2013 2:16:31 PM

tiny voices said:
That will be plenty. Nothing more will be needed. Leave the top fan on top.


Ok. Thanks! However, I did have another question. If I only have the stock setup, then won't that be negative pressure? Is that a bad thing? I started to read about other configurations for this case and positive and negative setups came up.
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April 24, 2013 2:36:17 PM

It will be perfectly fine. Your system will stay cool without issue. Don't worry. That case has amazing airflow.
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