Cooling my System

I have a Fractal Design define mini silent case and an extra 120mm case fan and was wondering where the best place to put that extra case fan. It comes with a 120mm fan in the bottom front for intake and a 120mm fan in the back top for exhaust. There is an extra spot for a fan on the side panel high and on the top of the case, also one in the bottom front. Where is the best place to put this case fan to maximize air flow. I plan on OCing in a couple of weeks.

The rest of my system is:

i5-3570k
Asus Maximus V Gene
8 gigs G.skill DDR3
MSI 7950
500gb WD HDD
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  1. In front.
  2. ksham said:
    In front.


    Thanks! I just looked at the prices for case fans and saw that they are around $12.00 for a case fan. Would buying one of those and putting it on the side or on the top improve airflow a lot? Also, what is a good case fan?
  3. Do you have a CPU Cooler?
  4. ksham said:
    Do you have a CPU Cooler?


    No, but I plan on getting a Cooler Master 212 in a couple of months when I want to overclock my CPU.
  5. And how far do you plan to overclock?
  6. Probably 4.2ghz.
  7. ksham said:
    And how far do you plan to overclock?


    Also, should I put my power supply with the fan facing down or up?
  8. Facing down. And that's a weak overclock, so you'll be fine at stock configuration. Just get a CPU Cooler like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and get on it.
  9. ksham said:
    Facing down. And that's a weak overclock, so you'll be fine at stock configuration. Just get a CPU Cooler like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and get on it.


    Ok. If I put the PSU facing down, does that mean that the hot air goes out of the case through the bottom?
  10. The PSU fan is an intake fan.
  11. ksham said:
    The PSU fan is an intake fan.


    O, so it will take cool air from the bottom of the case? Where will the hot air go?
  12. Out the back of your case.
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