Hello, I am not sure if this is posted in the right section but I have a question regarding case airflow and cpu cooling.
I am currently using a stock intel cpu cooler (i7 860 2.8ghz), in the winter it was perfect but now in the summer my temps are at least 10 degrees higher.
My case is a cooler master scout, stock cooling. In the back 120mm + 140mm exhaust and 120mm in the front for intake.
The cpu and gpu temps are around 52 degrees on idle, and they climb to around 65-69 under load. I have been told that those temperatures are not too bad but I want to lower them. I can put up to 2 fans (120mm) on the side window. If I do would that make a significant difference?
You won't accomplish much adding side fans.
What you need to do is buy a HSF unit to lower your temps.
A CM Hyper 212+ will work well and is much quieter then the stock unit.
Have a look at this review. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lga-1156-heatsink,2...
Btw i have an i7 860(stock) in a mid tower(Antec 902) and use a Thermalright MUX-120 cpu cooler.
My idle temps are in the low to mid 30's in the summer.
Low to mid 50's under load.