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November 19, 2010 1:36:18 AM

Hey again

Thinking of bying msi 460 cyclone gpu. Its known for its low temperatures during idle and load and its quiet. I think its 40 idle and max 70 during load.

So with that card do I need to have a extra air intake on the sidepanel?

Now I have 1 front intake and 1 back exhaust+the psu.
Will that be enough?

When do u actually need to have extra case fans? should u have the cpu, motherboard temp as low as u can. Or is all this fans more for overclocker who push their systems?

It is right to say that if all my temps are within normal values then I dont need extra fan?
(fans makes noise, and I want as least as possible of it :)  )

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November 19, 2010 1:48:23 AM

Extra fans couldn't hurt, but no you shouldn't actually need them since you already have both an intake and exhaust. Basically cooler is always better for electronics-- so many people add fans just for the health of the system.

I would say try it, and see how hot things get. You can always add the extra fan later.
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November 19, 2010 2:03:09 AM

my GTX 460 cyclone won't break 50c at load and the side panel fan actually makes it run hotter since it breaks up my case's airflow.

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November 19, 2010 10:59:54 AM

Best answer selected by ltdata_10.
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November 19, 2010 11:00:08 AM

thanks both of u!
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November 19, 2010 2:31:17 PM

The answer depends on:

1) Are you overclocking your CPU ? This creates additional heat which needs to be exhausted.

2) Are you over clocking your GPU's ? This creates additional heat which needs to be exhausted.

3) How many fans are in the case besides the "optional one" ? To get the heat out, choice between small number of fans spinning fast and noisy or large number of fans spinning slow and quiet.

If you building an enthusiast's box (25% + OC - 2 -4 GFX cards) with an enthusiast's Full Tower case (HAF-X, HAF-932, 1200 OR DF-85), I wouldn't add the optional door fan unless I was doing SLI / X-fire.

Put twin GFX, Hi OC into a mid tower (HAF 922 / Antec 900x) and that advice will hold but try and squeeze that into a smaller case such as the Illusion of 912 and you better add the optional fans.

A "bread and butter" retail PC for office work will survive with what it came with. Add gaming and add the fans.
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November 20, 2010 1:56:38 AM

Thanks ltdata!
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November 20, 2010 6:31:42 AM

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