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CM690 II Advanced - optimal fan placement?

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April 15, 2010 11:07:19 AM

I'm considering the CM690 II Advanced for my next build, and, with 10 potential fans, I was wondering which setup would work best. The positions are:

Front: 140 x 25 mm Blue LED fan x 1
Rear: 120 mm fan x 1
Top: 140 x 25 mm fan x 1 (supports x 2)
Bottom: 120 mm fan x 2 (optional)
Left side: 120 / 140 mm fan x 2 (optional)
Right side: 80 x 15 mm x 1 (optional)
HDD cage: 120 mm fan x 1 (optional)
VGA holder: 80 x 15 mm fan x 1 (optional)

In addition to the fans provided front, rear, and top, I was thinking of adding:

2 x left side fans (140 mm)
1 x top fan (140mm, for a total of 2 top fans)

Would this provide sufficient airflow for an i5, 1 GPU gaming system that will probably not be overclocked? Also, should the side fans be set to intake or exhaust?

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April 15, 2010 11:16:32 AM

No need to add any fan but you can add the HDD cage one and that's it. No side fans, only front, back and top.
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April 15, 2010 12:59:25 PM

Is that because the other fans provide sufficient airflow, or because sidefans aren't particularly effective?

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April 15, 2010 1:55:35 PM

The best airflow is front to back/top. Side fans only disrupt the airflow and you need them (intake mounted) only if your video card overheats but you can mount on that case a bottom fan and it should be better than a side fan.
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April 16, 2010 1:59:16 AM

Best answer selected by src1425.
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April 16, 2010 5:18:20 AM

The case you are considering rocks. The fans that come with it will be more than enough cooling for your setup. Try it out and see. This case is awesome.
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