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June 27, 2013 4:36:27 AM

I'm going to be building my first PC soon, and I'm looking at cooling options.

I'm currently looking at the Xion XON 570 case.

Now, I have no experience with this, so please tell me if I've missed something, but it looks to me like the most efficient fan placement would be:

Side: 200mm Intake (110CFM)
Back: 120mm Exhaust (70CFM)
Front: 120mm Exhaust (<50CFM)
(CPU stock cooler)

The Side intake feeds easily into the graphics card, is near the chipset, and could easily move upward to the CPU fan and Back exhaust. The Front exhaust would keep the HDD and SSD cool, and either equalize or create a slightly negative pressure.

I'd appreciate any feedback.
Thanks!

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June 27, 2013 4:52:19 AM

Expect to clean it out often if you have animals in the house ;) .
A little different but it looks OK as a solution.
Personally I'd reduce the rear exhaust, close off the side mesh around the side fan, and add a dust filter to it but then I prefer a positive pressure and good filtration in my case (to keep the F%^&*() cat fur out!).
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June 27, 2013 4:59:51 AM

coozie7 said:
Expect to clean it out often if you have animals in the house ;) .
A little different but it looks OK as a solution.
Personally I'd reduce the rear exhaust, close off the side mesh around the side fan, and add a dust filter to it but then I prefer a positive pressure and good filtration in my case (to keep the F%^&*() cat fur out!).


Thankfully I don't. If I did have animals, then yes, I could see it being a problem.
Glad to hear it looks okay. I was worried the unconventionality implied inferiority.
I might have gone for positive pressure, but having to deal with the extra filtration and possible heat issues didn't seem worth it.

Do you know what a good CFM would be for the front fan, considering it only has to cool an HDD and an SSD? I feel like 50 might be overkill, especially if it'll make a lot of noise unnecessarily.

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