Case airflow

Below is a 2D diagram I've drawn up to illustrate my current airflow configuration inside my HAF - X (I'm not an artist, I know it sucks lol).

It's pretty self explanatory, it's looking in from the side of the case.
In addition to what you see in the illustration, I have 320mm fan that goes on the side and sucks cool air in and blows it onto the GPU.



Coretemp says the 4 cores on my i5 2500k are running around 28 degrees celcius idle.

I need opinions on my current airflow set up, it's pretty much default.

Are there going to be dead spots?
Could it be improved?

Thanks in advance. :p
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  1. Looks like good airflow to me.
    I'm not fond of side fans and don't use them in any of my set-ups.
    I use a 120mm in front of gpu instead which your case also supports.
  2. I'm not sure about the side fan either, I may or may not install the airduct.

    Could I add another fan on top to draw out hot air, or should I leave it as is?
  3. -Sylvan said:
    I'm not sure about the side fan either, I may or may not install the airduct.

    Could I add another fan on top to draw out hot air, or should I leave it as 1 near the back?

    I would lean towards another top exhaust personally = hot air rises.
    I've tried the side fan thing and was never impressed enough to keep it.
    All it ever did was add more dust and a negligible temp drop not even 2-3C, 1C maybe.
    120mm in front of my gpu in two rigs dropped gpu temp by 2C.
    The HAFX has huge fans,very different from what i'm use to.
    Someone with a HAFX will reply and share their experience.
    Otherwise your airflow looks great imo.
  4. davcon said:
    I would lean towards another top exhaust personally = hot air rises.
    I've tried the side fan thing and was never impressed enough to keep it.
    All it ever did was add more dust and a negligible temp drop not even 2-3C, 1C maybe.
    120mm in front of my gpu in two rigs dropped gpu temp by 2C.
    The HAFX has huge fans,very different from what i'm use to.
    Someone with a HAFX will reply and share their experience.
    Otherwise your airflow looks great imo.



    Alright, I will turn off the side fan. Thanks :D

    I'll work on getting the airduct installed, I have no idea how to install it currently lol

    Then I can focus on OC'ing my GTX 580.
  5. -Sylvan said:
    Alright, I will turn off the side fan. Thanks :D

    I'll work on getting the airduct installed, I have no idea how to install it currently lol

    Then I can focus on OC'ing my GTX 580.

    Don't take my word for it.
    Run some temp test first with the side fan/without
    you're results might be different.
    You have huge fans.
    Then try the air duct and take temps.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/
  6. davcon said:
    Don't take my word for it.
    Run some temp test first with the side fan/without
    you're results might be different.
    You have huge fans.
    Then try the air duct and take temps.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/


    Alright.
    Know any graphic intensive programs I can run?
    I don't have any games installed atm
  7. http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm
    MSI Afterburner comes with Kombuster.
    FurMark 1.9.1 which is like Kombuster
    Read before you use these apps.
    http://unigine.com/
    http://www.futuremark.com/
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