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Cooling behind a CPU

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October 29, 2012 2:14:55 AM

I'm building a new system and in process of picking out all the components. Now after looking at nice full cases, some user comments about the cases mention placing additional heat management under the motherboard. So, after browsing newegg for a few hours, I'm not finding these components. By the way, I am not wanting to venture into watercooled systems, so please don't suggest them. If anyone can suggest what items I can use under my motherboard, I'd appreciate it. And to be clear, I will be using a traditional fan on top of the cpu. I'm just looking for additional cooling.

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October 29, 2012 2:53:09 AM

Additional heat management behind the motherboard? I heard of cable management, and one case that had a vent in the front part that got some of the air from the front fans to go behind the case and behind the motherboard, forgot which one it was. But i have not heard of this, I am actually interested to see what components they are talking about :D 
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October 29, 2012 10:29:05 AM

If you look at some of the higher end full towers, there is a big hole right where the CPU would sit, along with mounting points. So, something is made to go there.
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a b V Motherboard
October 29, 2012 12:32:35 PM

The Antec 302 case has fan mounts on the right side panel to draw air out from behind the motherboard. Not really convinced about its usefulness beyond dust collection.
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October 29, 2012 12:42:43 PM

Xasti said:
If you look at some of the higher end full towers, there is a big hole right where the CPU would sit, along with mounting points. So, something is made to go there.



The cutout you mention is for the backplates of CPU coolers. Things like the Hyper212 EVO have a backplate that screws behind the mobo to support it the cutout means you can mount or dismount the cooler without having to actually remove the mobo.
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October 29, 2012 2:53:43 PM

So with the small area behind the mobo filled with cables, its not really recommended or needed to put a secondary cooler behind the board unless a fan has a backplate or something included in the packaging?
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October 29, 2012 3:48:26 PM

It is just for backplates you dont put fans in that area at the back
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October 29, 2012 4:00:06 PM

Xasti said:
If you look at some of the higher end full towers, there is a big hole right where the CPU would sit, along with mounting points. So, something is made to go there.



that's true, I actually had a fan back there once. was noisy so I took it out. can't really say if it made a difference or not.........
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October 29, 2012 4:33:50 PM

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