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Old 18th August, 2006, 09:00 PM
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Exclamation Help with case cooling

I have an Antec P180B case and I've seen a problem with how they set it up. From what I've gathered, you want more fans blowing into the case than out. However, antec's config is almost completely exaust.
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(blue text shows current antec setup)
All the fans are blowing out of the case.

The upper HDD cage (right side, half-way up) has a spot for a fan on either side of it

Any suggestions for the best 3-fan setup for this case??
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Old 18th August, 2006, 09:04 PM
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Get a idle and load temp the way it is set up now. Then change the fan under your PSU (fan 2) to blow in and test again. You may or may not see an improvement.

Other than that you are stuck. Unless you put a blow hole in the top of your case...
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Don't know if you noticed, but the psu is in the bottom left corner.
Also, fan 2 and the CPU fan are different.
Fan 1 is blowing out the back, where the PSU would normally be
Fan 2 is blowing out the top of the case
fan 3 is blowing onto the psu

Antec says that having the PSU "compartmentalized" helps keep the temps down
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My bad...

Still might want to change the direction on fan 2. At least you will have some forced air on the HSF..
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Do you know witch fan is more efficient, 1 or 2?
Also, if I took out the fan by the PSU (fan 3), would the fan in the psu do a good enough job of cooling that section? The HDD is fine on temp. On my old case had it stuffed in the bottom corner, not getting any air circulation. the temp stayed below 20c.

P.S. My main question of this post is if I wanted to remove a fan and put in the upper HDD cage (which is empty), which one should I move?

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What is fan 3 doing? What does it cool. You could absolutly move it to the area infront of the HDD and pull fresh air in from the front of the case. This should give you better flow through the case.
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Old 19th August, 2006, 03:46 AM
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Can power supplies fend for themselves? (temperature wise).
I don't think they need a [external] fan, do they?
also, any thoughts on my other question?
(Do you know witch fan's [location] is more efficient, 1 or 2?)

I wanted to say thanks also. You're the only person here who really cares. I've tried this q on 3 other threads and you're the only person who responds. Thanks!

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Old 19th August, 2006, 04:14 AM
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The psu has it's own fan or fans. It will be fine as long and it can get air into it. Both of the fans 1 and 2 are in good locations to draw out hot air. Fan 1 is in the better location.

No problem.

It is all trial and error. Each case and application will have different results. BTW. you may want to clean up the wire bundle behind the drives if you intend to force air through them.

I am sorry that there is not more input...
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Extra questions

Sam you saved me some work Thank you. I am looking at getting this case for my rebuild and would like to know if it is better to have more intake cfm on this box than exhaust cfm. Pressure or Vacuum for proper cooling, and maintenance. Most of the boxes I have seen lately don't have a lot of intake cfm. Rather I see equal or less intake air than exhaust. I am also curious to find out what board you have in there. I will be running a large Heatpipe on a 754 board and it will fit about in the same position as yours
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PS Is the front bezel/door aluminum?
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