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November 27, 2010 4:09:16 PM

Hi

Below is a picture of my case with the front panel on ( the case is Gigabyte GZ-X2 )


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The manufacturer and comments on newegg claim that this case can hold a front fan too. below is a pic of my case without the front panel



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There is a support for the front fan. but if i fix both a front fan and the front panel over there, will the front fan get enough air to blow? or is the front panel supposed to be left removed with the front fan on?

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a b ) Power supply
November 27, 2010 4:29:17 PM

Hi, squallypie.

I am positive that Gigabyte did not intend on you leaving the front panel off of the case to use the front fan. If they designed the case with a fan there I believe they would have thought it through enough that the fan will be able to draw in air, or at least I hope they did. Is there any type of gap, grill, or space that is open on the front panel to allow air flow into the fan?
a c 104 ) Power supply
November 27, 2010 4:35:22 PM

You can fit a 120mm fan in there and it will pull air in, if you want more air available to it drill some neat holes in the front, and is your side panel normally absent? better airflow in a sealed unit tbh,
Moto
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November 27, 2010 4:41:00 PM

there is nothing to remove on the front panel. i wanted to show u guys that hence i posted the pic ( didnt expect the pics to be this big! ).

@ motopsychojdn, i removed the side panel and placed a table fan next to my pc to see if it affects my temps :p  and it works but sadly only when my AC is on. ( the fan just blows the cold air into my pc )
a c 164 ) Power supply
November 27, 2010 5:04:20 PM

squallypie said:

There is a support for the front fan. but if i fix both a front fan and the front panel over there, will the front fan get enough air to blow? or is the front panel supposed to be left removed with the front fan on?


the front fan's job in your case is to blow air over the HDD to keep them cool. your side panel has two mounts for side fans so cool air coming into your PC is not an issue. contrary to popular noob belief, PC cases are not sealed air tight so as long as air gets pushed out of a case, air will be pulled in.

you can play around with a side panel fan if you want to, although I find them useless.
a b ) Power supply
November 27, 2010 5:07:50 PM

squallypie said:
there is nothing to remove on the front panel. i wanted to show u guys that hence i posted the pic ( didnt expect the pics to be this big! ).
When I was refering to the front panel I meant the black plastic piece and unfortunatly its is impossible to see in the pictures if there is a large enough space for the fan to draw in air. That is why I asked you "Is there any type of gap, grill, or space that is open on the front panel(black plastic piece) when installed, to allow air flow into the fan?"

And Moto is right without the side panel your case does not get the proper airflow direction, the fans just blow air around and a front fan like that will help very little if not at all in that configuration. Best to have your side panel on, draw air in the front and have it exit out the back/top.
a c 164 ) Power supply
November 27, 2010 5:10:32 PM

thechief73 said:
When I was refering to the front panel I meant the black plastic piece and unfortunatly its is impossible to see in the pictures if there is a large enough space for the fan to draw in air. That is why I asked you "Is there any type of gap, grill, or space that is open on the front panel(black plastic piece) when installed, to allow air flow into the fan?"
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the front is closed off like most business PC cases. it doesn't have the mesh front like a gaming case.
November 27, 2010 5:12:19 PM

@ ct1615

ok so if i ever did install a front fan, im just gonna let both front and rear blow inwards. about the side fan, my side panel has no mounts for a fan but there is a grill on which an air duct used to sit. ( had to remove it after the heatsink was changed ). perhaps stick the fan on the side panel using a double side sticker ? :p 
a c 164 ) Power supply
November 27, 2010 5:28:11 PM

looks like your top side fan is a 80mm. you took the duct off, what is your current heat sink? if its a tower design then I would install a 80mm exhaust fan. if you have a flat cooler like a stock one then I would just leave the grill alone since you can mess up air flow.

the mesh on the lower side panel is kind of small in area. you can easily widen the holes and install a 80mm there.

the real question is, are you having heat issues? if not then no need to worry about adding fans.

your components may run warmer then what people get in gaming cases but PC hardware is designed to run in very warm condition, in higher temps then you see people here brag about.

I would simply suggest to enjoy your system as is (as long as it works fine) and in your next build look for something like the antec 300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 27, 2010 5:41:09 PM

my current cpu heat sink is an OCZ Vendetta with a 92mm fan. The case is a small case and im aware of that. after reading ur post, im now worried i might mess up the airflow with a side fan so ill just forget about it. Ill install a front fan blowing inwards anyways coz one of my hard disk runs at 51*C. ( the rear fan will also blow inwards )

The only reason im experimenting with all these matters is coz my CPU easily runs off into the 70s when it is OC'ed and running prime95. i cant remove the OC coz my cpu wont be able to handle games properly. and my graphics card runs hotter than the temps mentioned in reviews. all in all, i thought i might do something to help the temps.

i dont live in the usa, and the only cases i could find in local websites are thermale take cases and they are all priced a little steep. but of course, upgrading my case is inevitable as it is almost 3 years old now.
a c 104 ) Power supply
November 27, 2010 5:50:01 PM

Read my sig links for ideas on making holes in your case, (mainly the second and third ones)
drill holes in the front of the case and fit a filter/grill over it, theres loads of ways to make things fit :) 
I'm glad you normally have your side panel on, it helps hehe,better to ask and make sure though, and I would have your rear fan as exhaust btw, not intake, also consider a pcie slotfan for under your gfx card, helps take some of the heat out,

Moto
a c 164 ) Power supply
November 27, 2010 5:59:23 PM

squallypie said:
my current cpu heat sink is an OCZ Vendetta with a 92mm fan. The case is a small case and im aware of that. after reading ur post, im now worried i might mess up the airflow with a side fan so ill just forget about it. Ill install a front fan blowing inwards anyways coz one of my hard disk runs at 51*C. ( the rear fan will also blow inwards )

The only reason im experimenting with all these matters is coz my CPU easily runs off into the 70s when it is OC'ed and running prime95. i cant remove the OC coz my cpu wont be able to handle games properly. and my graphics card runs hotter than the temps mentioned in reviews. all in all, i thought i might do something to help the temps.

i dont live in the usa, and the only cases i could find in local websites are thermale take cases and they are all priced a little steep. but of course, upgrading my case is inevitable as it is almost 3 years old now.



1. your rear fan should be an exhaust fan (blowing air out of the case), not an intake fan.
2. a front fan will help with your HDD temps, that should blow at the HDD
3. the vendatta is a tower cooler. make sure the fan on the heat sink is blowing air across the heatsink rather then pulling air off it. ideally you want the cooler fan to blow the air across the heatsink and into the exhaust fan like the picture below.

November 27, 2010 6:04:43 PM

oh! the heat sink fan is blowing air towards the heatsink and not away from it. but the fan is UNDER the heatsink right now so its actually blowing air towards the top..

im not familiar with the heatsink installation coz i didnt do it.. :( 
a c 164 ) Power supply
November 27, 2010 6:08:11 PM

then your fan should be blowing air into your PSU fan (which should be an exhaust)

not ideal, most gaming cases have the power supply on the bottom and a exhaust fan on the top, but it's ok

an exhaust fan on your top side panel should help some too
a b ) Power supply
November 27, 2010 7:49:26 PM

all top and rear fans should be exhaust. front fans should be intake. dont use side fans, they interrupt airflow.
a b ) Power supply
November 28, 2010 12:53:28 AM

if you monitor your temps you will find that 1 rear exhaust fan will keep the system cooler than 1 rear exhaust and 1 front intake. Been there, tested it.
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