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What is the best way to assemble case fans in my PC?

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June 23, 2013 2:41:52 PM

I recently bought a new computer but I am looking to make a few upgrades. I plan on ordering a new PSU, graphics card, and a SSD. I am a little worried about heat so I thought a few inexpensive case fans would be a good idea. I would just like a little input on the best way to place them.

Here are some images of my computer:
http://imgur.com/a/r0aZD

That is an 80 mm vent on the front, an 80 mm vent on the back, and a 120 mm vent on the side.

I would like to place an intake on the front and an exhaust on the back, as that is what I find when doing some research, but wouldn't it be practically pointless to place an intake on the front once I place the plastic cover back on my PC. ( Ideally I would like to keep the cover on and I would rather not cut a hole in my cover either )

What would you do? Anyone more knowledgeable than me with some insight?

Maybe 120 mm intake on the side and 80 mm exhaust on the back?

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June 23, 2013 3:12:02 PM
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I can't quite tell but are there vents along the side of the front panel? They would look like this:

If there are no side vents then don't bother with the front fan... But definitely go with the exhaust and side fans...

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June 23, 2013 3:27:05 PM

Certainly add the 80mm exhaust at the rear, it will help your PSU stay a little cooler.

From the pictures, a 80mm intake fan at the front is optional, since you have the side vent. You could do both intakes, but you may find that the computer then sucks in all the dust.

You do not want the side fan to be exhaust, that would cause it to fight your downdraft cooler.
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June 23, 2013 4:52:28 PM

King Hackintosh said:
I can't quite tell but are there vents along the side of the front panel? They would look like this:

If there are no side vents then don't bother with the front fan... But definitely go with the exhaust and side fans...



No nothing like that on mine. I'll just stick to the side and front fans. Thanks
June 23, 2013 4:58:52 PM

No problem glad I could be of assistance :) 
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