Would it be ok the remove the side panel of my case?

Hey guys!

I recently built my first computer (, and I'm am really enjoying it so far!

But my GPU get really hot while playing some games, so I was wondering if I could take off one of my side panels (till I get some more fans)?

I'm guessing this would cause more dust to build up? How would you clean this?

Thank you so much!
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  1. What temps is the card hitting?

    Generally removing the side hurts airflow and won't make a difference. How many fans and in what orientation do you have?
  2. I have 4 120mm fans (2 stock, 2 ARCTIC F12 []):

    To psu fan is pointed to the bottom of the case. And the gpu fan also points downward.

    I think the gpu got up to about 51C play Trine (and I want to be able to run better games then Trine :) ).


    ps I'm using SpeedFan to see the temps.
  3. Best answer
    51 is cool. Don't worry unless it goes up past 70. people would kill for their GPU to run that cool. You have no problems at all.
  4. Really? Awesome! Speed fan had a fire symbol when it passed 49 (, so I though I was in trouble.

  5. I would not worry about it. there you can see that their test card hit 80 degrees and never shut down. You are perfectly fine. Don't worry about anything.
  6. I got a question too, BOTH side pannels?
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