I have an xps 8300 with an i5 and currently a 6670. The case itself and especially the card, which is pretty low end, gets hot when gaming.
Now I have upgraded the psu, and am about to install a 7870, a much more powerful, and I expect much hotter card.
With the heat issues I am already having, I am concerned what will happen with a 7870. The dell case only has a small vent in the front and a single exhasut fan in the back.
Now I have this great idea! (Maybe). What if, I take off the removable side panel, and drill or cut out 2 holes the size of, lets say, a 120mm fan.
One would be in the bottom middle/right (near the gpu) and be an intake fan.
The other would be in the top left (near the psu and over the cpu), and be an exhasut fan.
I'm fairly handy with tools, and the modular psu has some unused power connections, so I'm sure I could physically do it. I'm just wonderinging if anyone has tried this and/or thinks this is a great or terrible idea for airflow to keep my components from getting crispy.