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My first case mod questions

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July 21, 2011 10:29:53 PM

Anyway, planning on modding my HAF 932.

Considering the following:
Painting the inside black and red (Maybe a shiny black)
Cutting the entire side panel and making it acrylic
Adding some lights and and LED fans

Anyway, the problem I'm worried about is losing the 230mm fan on the side of the case. Does it make a huge difference? I overclocked to 3.8, and in november I plan on getting a second radeon 6870 and some more RAM. I guess I'm worried about losing that fan.

How much would average liquid cooling cost? It's always something I've considered but It isn't worth it to me as of yet because I have no need for it.

If I just lose that 230mm fan, would there be a big difference?

I was thinking about putting a a fewwhole bunch of smaller fans inside the case (right behind the dvd drives and where the harddrive goes) would that replace the 230mm fan?

I'm not sure how this would look, but if i put 6 or so smaller fans on the modded side panel, so make it acrylic and cut holes for 6 fans. How would that be?

Basically the only thing holding my back from modding is this side panel, so I would appreciate any help with heating! Thank you

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a b ) Power supply
July 21, 2011 10:35:58 PM

from different reviews the side panel fan doesnt really help cooling that much
much better off with high quality high CFM front,back and top
July 21, 2011 10:37:55 PM

king smp said:
from different reviews the side panel fan doesnt really help cooling that much
much better off with high quality high CFM front,back and top

Thanks for the fast reply! What does CFM mean though?
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a b ) Power supply
July 21, 2011 10:40:35 PM

cubic foot per minute
it is how air flow is measured among other things

when shopping for fans look at CFM and DB (decibel) level of fan
the highest CFM with a low DB (noise level) is the one you want
personally I would go with Scythe fans myself
well known to be among the best
July 21, 2011 11:07:50 PM

So essentially if I replace the other case fans with higher quality fans, I can get rid of the side panel fan without a problem?
a b ) Power supply
July 21, 2011 11:34:35 PM

I would say so
just from alot of reading the side fan doesnt make a big impact
really want your airflow from front to back (intakes in front exhaust out back)
a good top fan can help if the option is available
remember heat rises
July 22, 2011 12:01:30 AM

Soo replace the front fan with something better, along with the top fan and back fan. Then if I add one or two other front fans, I should be in good shape?
a b ) Power supply
July 22, 2011 12:07:59 AM

I myself prefer more exhaust than intake
I like negative air pressure
the air being "sucked" out of the case
only problem can be dust accumalation
but intake filters can help with that
in a standing up tower try to keep your intakes lower on the case and the
exhausts higher
creating an upward flow from front bottom to top back
also a pci slot cooler which are cheap are great if you have the room in the pci bay
something like one of these

remember your GPU is the hottest thing in the case
so a slot fan next to it to draw off hot air is good