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Will I need an intake fan on Antec 300

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July 17, 2010 9:12:49 PM

It gets pretty hot where I live and I have an older house that is hard to cool. Ambient in the room where the computer will be ~76F. Will I need to put an intake fan on my new computer that I just ordered? Not going to OC, will be used for casual gaming no extended sessions over an hour.

Antec 300
Athlon II X3 440 3.0Ghz
4 Gig RAM
Seagate Barracuda 750GB 7200RPM
Antec NEO ECO 520W PSU
ASRock 870 MOBO

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July 17, 2010 9:23:55 PM

Just keep an eye on your temperatures when you get your computer. You can monitor temps with Speedfan and you can stress your system with Prime95.

If your CPU stays below 60°C and your system below 50°C during the torture test, I'd say don't worry about the extra fan. In the event you find you do need an intake fan, be sure to get a good quality, quiet, 3-pin fan since you are more prone to hear/notice a front fan. Look at the dBa ratings of fans and try to stay below 20 dBa.
July 17, 2010 9:28:32 PM

+1 for letting your operating temps guide in deciding if you need extra fans.
The two fans you do have should be drawing in cool air from outside the case and exhausting the warm air out the back and top.
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July 17, 2010 9:58:53 PM

Okay thanks for the info and quick responses. I was just worried because it gets hot here, but I'd rather not add more noise if it isn't necessary. I'll do what rwpritchett said.
July 17, 2010 9:59:07 PM

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