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Install side fans

Hi, Like the subject suggests I am trying to install additional case fans to the side of my case. There are grills on the side of my case but no fans holes or anything to install fans to, if you know what I'm trying to say. So do I have to drill them in or are there alternative methods I can do without drilling holes on the side of my case in order to install the fans?

If you're wondering what case I have. Sadly I have a hp pavilion desktop case because I am upgrading my computer to a gaming one. Here is the manufactures website w/ all specifics: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c02481324&lang=en&cc=us&contentType=SupportFAQ&prodSeriesId=4269976&prodTypeId=12454

Any advice?
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  1. Yea just because a case has grills doesn't mean you can mount a fan there without any modding. Many cheaper cases are this way. Go ahead and drill holes if you want, I'm sure you wouldn't be the first person to do so.
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  3. strife_ff7 said:


    Do the pci fans do the same thing as tradition case fans would do?
  4. The one I posted before is an exhaust fan. This one will blow air up and will probably help more wiith lowering temps http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835888112
    There are probable better fans like this one out there I'm just using this one as an example.
  5. strife_ff7 said:
    The one I posted before is an exhaust fan. This one will blow air up and will probably help more wiith lowering temps http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835888112
    There are probable better fans like this one out there I'm just using this one as an example.

    Okay so what I thinking is getting both of the ones you recommended. One to get rid of the heat and one to put cool air in.
  6. For $25 to $40 you can get a brand new case with fans and move the whol;e computer over. You can mess with the old case all you want but it'll be hard to put in a front intake fan.
  7. Goodeggray said:
    For $25 to $40 you can get a brand new case with fans and move the whol;e computer over. You can mess with the old case all you want but it'll be hard to put in a front intake fan.


    nah I will buy a new case when I can scrape alittle bit more money.
  8. huanwu26 said:
    nah I will buy a new case when I can scrape alittle bit more money.

    Your sure about that? I've built computers for a while now and I always go with cheap crappy cases as long as it at least looks like it'll cool well. Sure theres some problems with the cheap cases, I have a diablotek now (got it for $50 and it came with 4 fans), it's quite flimsy, I never move my computer but putting the side panel back on can be hard to do. Also if the front fan dies I don't think I'll be replacing it, it's tucked in there very weird. The point is, unless your cheap case has known problems such as shorting, or something else really bad, the extra money doesn't always justify a good brand case. Cases are the one thing you can buy crappy brands of.
  9. mace200200 said:
    Your sure about that? I've built computers for a while now and I always go with cheap crappy cases as long as it at least looks like it'll cool well. Sure theres some problems with the cheap cases, I have a diablotek now (got it for $50 and it came with 4 fans), it's quite flimsy, I never move my computer but putting the side panel back on can be hard to do. Also if the front fan dies I don't think I'll be replacing it, it's tucked in there very weird. The point is, unless your cheap case has known problems such as shorting, or something else really bad, the extra money doesn't always justify a good brand case. Cases are the one thing you can buy crappy brands of.


    It not really in my budget right now, but it will be in the near future .
  10. huanwu26 said:
    It not really in my budget right now, but it will be in the near future .

    Alright, if you want to know, these are good fans they're 80mm so they're super cheap, but I've been running two of them for about a year now. One even runs on full blast 100% of the time and it's still going.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200044
  11. mace200200 said:
    Alright, if you want to know, these are good fans they're 80mm so they're super cheap, but I've been running two of them for about a year now. One even runs on full blast 100% of the time and it's still going.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200044


    Okay thanks for your help
  12. one last question, if I buy side case fan is there anything else I need or take into consideration?
  13. No there shouldn't be,
  14. Best answer selected by huanwu26.
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