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May 20, 2014 9:47:31 PM

Hello Forumites,

As you may know I am rather new to the PC world as I've always been a laptop gamer. :) 
Anyway the case that I have is a Silverstone tj04-e, and I was wondering how do I know that I can install more case fans?

Currently I am using the 3 stock fans that came with the case. However, I am looking to install another 2 more. The motherboard I have is a MSI B85-G43 and I have already used 1 "fan plug-in" on my motherboard for the exhaust fan, and I cannot seem to locate another on the mobo.

Ultimately, this is my question if I were to buy another two more case fans and my motherboard does not have enough space to accommodate the two case fans, will I then be able to plug them into the PSU?

Thanks in advance,


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a b V Motherboard
May 20, 2014 10:03:44 PM

You can use simple connectors to hook up the fans.

There are fan header spliters, but I would not use them.
They put extra load on your MOB.

You can but a lot of fans on Amazon.

You can also get them on Neweeg and eBay.

You will need to check and see what fan size you will need.
(200mm, 140mm, 120mm, 92mm, 80mm,60mm, ETC)
To cool your computer is it recommended that you have more exhaust fan then intake.
That way you will get negative pressure. that will act like a vacuum and suck air though your PC.
Have cold air in the front and hot air out the back.
Make sure the fan are blowing in the right direction.

May 20, 2014 10:11:17 PM

The thing about the Silverstone tj04-e is that Silverstone took away the fans in the front in order to provide the case with a "cleaner look" so my in take fans are the ones up top and off to the side.

It seems that for the exhaust there seems to be only one slot for that :(  which is in the back. Even if they did provide me with a second slot my GPU would be in the way. D;

How would you recommend I configure the fan positioning.
a b V Motherboard
May 20, 2014 10:13:50 PM

Keep the exhaust in the back. Have your intake under the HDD rack.