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Case airflow question before modifying case

Q: Case airflow question before modifying case

Now another question comes up regarding modifying the cooling of my case/ computer etc.

I was wanting to carve two 3 1/2" holes in the top of my case, for two 12cm fans. Now I know fully how to do this, however, I was wondering which direction the air flow should go. Should the fans blow into my case? (Like I suspect) Or should I have them blow out?

The orange highlights are the fans I wish to add. Which direction should I have the air flow setup?

A: Case airflow question before modifying case

I would have them sucking air out. Hot air rises, and the side panel fan will hit the VGA's mb, etc and spread out, also they are right next to the PSU. You wont have any really big difference either in or out , but I would have those two pulling the hot air that manages to make it to the top of the case out. and negative pressure tend to run a bit cooler overall.

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I have a centurian 5 case, with the stock 80mm 26cfm in front as well as a silverstone 120mm 106cfm. In the rear I have the stock 120mm 43cfm pushing air out. The silverstone pumps a bit of air in, but the stock rear fan barely pushes anything out. I was wondering if replacing the rear fan with a fan with more cfm will help with temps and airflow. My current temps with coretemp 41 (36 with speedstep) idle, and 56 under load with orthos. my ambient temperature is 24. For cpu cooling I have a zalman 9700.

A:case airflow question

Those temps really aren't anything bad. They certainly seem low enough to have a stable system. However, if you are looking to lower the temps then a more powerful fan in the rear has always helped in my experience. Sounds like you have plenty of intake as well. Do you have a vent/fan on the side panel as well? I find that helps a bit as well.

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I am just starting to assemble a new desktop based on the AMD Phenom II 965. (maybe the 955 for the lower wattage) I intend to use plenty of fans for better airflow. My question is simply which of the fan positions are intake and which ones are exhaust. Also... Is it a good idea to have a top exhaust fan? If anybody has a link to a diagram of airflow it would be neat!!

Thanks, Beach

A:Solved: case airflow question

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I need a new case. Needs to e max airflow with low noise. I was looking at Coolermaster centrion 590 and some other Coolermasters. The case needs to have at least 5 120mm ports. also if you know of a Case fan company that produces high cfm low noise fans. it would be awesome. i am trying to overclock my stuff and i don't want to go with water cooling. Under full load my 9950 BE overclocked to 3.0 runs at about 60c. I would like to get this down.

A:Case Max Airflow

How much are you willing to spend? A good example is the Cooler Master HAF. For fans, Noctua fans have an excellent noise to airflow ratio, though they are quite expensive. Also, look into getting a new CPU cooler. What cooler do you currently have?

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Atm the case am using is Bitfenix Comrade Midi tower, while playing games the computer gets hot. There is easily 10C difference if i take the side panel off so figured the airflow in the case is bad. But i have no idea how to look for a case that fits everything and has a good airflow to keep it cool.
This is the Components i own -
Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.. Thanks

A:Case with better airflow

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arrghh!! i am having so much trouble with the airflow in my case.
actually, it all started with the temp of my cpu, which runs at 39-42 under an average load according to both mbm5 and bios (like right now its at 40). the case temp is 30, almost always 10 below the cpu temp. i have a good copper based heatsink w/ aluminum fins- and the fan is supposed to push 39 cfm as the max airflow, @ 3000 rpms.
after replacing the cpu fan w/ several different types and there wasn't any change, i decided maybe it was the airflow in the case. i have a 120mm fan, unsure of the brand, in the front of my case as the intake, and then the psu is dual fan equipped, and then there is a rear 80mm ADDA fan blowing outwards, and then one side panel fan right smack in the middle of the window.
does anyone see any obvious mistakes i may be making here?

A:case airflow

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please answer my each questions below. thanks in advance.
my sys config pentium D @2.8, 512 ddr2 ram, agp 128mb 5200fx.
1. my case's side panels donot have small holes to help airflow. i have two case fans at the backside one for intake and other for outake.while running my anti-virus scan(i.e. at about 30% average cpu usage) my temps become cpu-53-54, hdd-46-48. so do i need to change the side panels or make small holes in them???
2. what is the safe temp limits for CPU and HDD under stress like anti-virus scan or playing games? i mean the temp above which i must be careful for my case airflow/system cooling.

A:Case airflow... got stuck

1. Side vents always help, more airflow the better if you're using air cooling. However, having an intake and out fan right next to each other seems inefficient to me. I've never tried it because it doesn't make sense to me, so I could be wrong, but it just seems to me that having intake in the front and out in the back always made sense for me.
2. Under full load, a CPU should be at around ~70C, at most. If it's reading 55C under 30% load, then there could be a problem, but I would get a program like TAP and run a full load test. If after about 20mins of that it never goes over 70C, you're relatively okay, but 70C is still kind of high. I would suggest an intake in the front and out fans in the back. Also, if your CPU still has high temps you may want to try one of a few things:
-Open up the case and make sure the fan is clean. Dust is a huge problem for cooling.
-Take the heatsink off, clean it and re-apply thermal compound
-Get a new CPU fan that is a little more powerful.

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A while ago, I started to notice that my PC was heating alot (more than usual). My GPU temps are OK (65 to 80Celcius) but my case feels hot and my bedroom can go up to 31-32Celcius when my PC is on without playing games.
What I did is I cleaned some dust using an Air Compressor (not the cheap cans). This is when I asked myself: "Maybe I could optimize the general airflow of my PC?"
After some quick research, I found out that some prefer to put the Radiator in the front or very Top (mine being in the rear Exhaust fan place). This is when I realised that the hot air from my PC (hot air rises) go through my 2 top Fans (One being my Rad fan!).
Pictures (936KB) : InsideMyPC
I want your opinion on my current configuration and if possible suggest me what I could improve, I can buy additional fans if needed.

My PC specs:
Pc Part Picker Full List here: August 2014 Rig

Case: NZXT Phantom 410
Mobo: Asus Sabertooth Z87
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 (2013)
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 EVGA SuperClocked w/ ACX
PSU: Corsair HX750W Gold Semi-modular
RAM: 16GB (4x4gb) Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz DDR3
Fans: x3 120mm NZXT Stock Fans / x1 Aftermarket 140mm fan(side) / x1 Corsair AP120mm (H60)


Best Regards,

A:Can I optimize my Case Airflow? [Pictures!]

What I did is I cleaned some dust using an Air Compressor (not the cheap cans)Click to expand...

I hope you used a VERY small nozzle; you can do series damage to a system by using high pressure air. A real shop air compressor runs somewhere between 80`120psi which is WAY too much for system cleaning.

Next what temps are you getting under both normal and heavy use?

32C is 90F and that is pretty warm for a room temp. The fix might be to simply turn on the A/C.

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Greetings to All,

As some of you may already know, I have built my own Super Gaming Computer. When I was constructing it, I had already learned the importance of temperature control inside the computer case. You don't want things getting too hot! So when I built my computer, I installed, what was in my mind, adequate cooling protection(fans). I have in my computer:
Three 80cm case cooling fans in the bottom front of the computer case(Supermicro SC-750A). They would pull in air from the out side into the case through the cases built in dust filter.

Two case fans installed in the top rear of the computer case, one 80cm and the other is the fan in the power supply. These are supposed to pull hot air out of the computer case.

Two processor fans. One of them is the standard fan that comes with the retail version of the PIII processor, and the other is an emergency 80cm fan that is installed directly above the processor. It is connected to the motherboard overheat sensor, and is the only fan not running continuously during the computers operation. Unfourtunately, there is only a little space between the front of the fan and the side panel of the case when closed. Add to this the fact that there are a few cables around the processor, and this emergency fan may not work all that well in an emergency!

Two graphics processing chip fans. These are just small non-removable fans that came with the graphics card pre-installed. I suppose that they work fine, but the dust is a... Read more

A:Case Airflow and Acceptable Temperatures

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I'm in the process of building a new PC. I have all the parts on order and they should arrive today. I was looking at the case and a few other parts and got to thinking exactly how I should setup the airflow in the case. Normally I would just do top / back exhaust and side / front intake. The problem is I'm using Corsair liquid cooling so that will take my back exhaust. My question is, with the case I have, what type of fans should I use and where? Also, which fans should be exhaust and intake?


The case I'm getting is a Cooler Master HAF 912.

The Liquid Cooling I'm using is Corsair H50.

(I'd link them for you but I currently cant link urls ).


The case has the following slots in it for fans:

Cooling System:
-Front: 120 mm fan x 2 or 200mm fan x1
-Top: 120 mm fan x 2 or 200mm fan x 1
-Rear: 120 mm fan x 1
-Side:120mm or 140 mm fan x 1

It comes with two 120's obviously and I'm putting the liquid cooling fan / radiator in the back fan slot. The problem with that is the radiator blocks one of the top 120 slots so I can either go 1x 120mm on top or a 200mm on top. I'm putting a 120mm on the side of the case as well. The case also comes with a 120mm in front and has room for another, or you can swap the two 120mm's for a 200mm.

Here are ... Read more

A:Case airflow help for a Cooler Master HAF 912

The stock fans should be enough, but I have a feeling you are going to do a massive over-clock, so every piece of hardware will be affected. The rule is:
front fans blowing in
top fan blowing out
side fan blowing in

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I'm looking to get the airflow inside my PC case sorted out because I'm seeing some temperatures that are higher than I'd like them to be, e.g. CPU regularly reaches 60°C upwards. GPU and MB also get too hot.
But I don't know what fans are good or bad! I'm willing to replace the ones I already have but I definitely need some tips and advice.

I currently use my PC mainly for gaming, so something quiet but efficient is essential.
My PC case is a Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl, currently fitted with:

Front panel: 2 x 140mm fans (One generic LED, the other is a Silent Series R2 that came with the case)
Top: Space for 2 (140mm)
Side: Space for 1 (140 or 120mm)
Rear: 1 x 140mm Silent Series R2 that came with the case
Base: Space for 1 (140mm or 120mm)​Click to expand...
My PC Specifications

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, 64 bit
Processor: AMD FX(tm)-8150 Eight-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 21 Model 1 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 16328 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti, 1023 Mb
Hard Drives: D: Total - 478519 MB, Free - 419005 MB; F: Total - 114470 MB, Free - 656 MB; J: Total - 953866 MB, Free - 720766 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., Crosshair V Formula
PSU: Corsair GS700 series
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled​Click to expand...
My CPU is currently fitted with the stock cooler, and I'm planning to move from 1... Read more

A:Solved: Airflow setup. Case fan and CPU cooler

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A:Solved: Computer boots fine when case is open, but won't boot when case is closed.

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Anyway, The PSU fan is getting really obnoxious, it gets really loud (more or less like a lawn mower). I have taken the thing apart and have tried every suggestion given to quiet it down, which it does for a whole week or two. This is a small form factor PC, so to even take the power supply out you have to basically take out everything else just to get to it. I have looked for replacements but they are very obsolete. It's only 220W anyway, so i'd like something a little more powerful.

What I want to do is get a larger case that I can use the same hardware is (motherboard, drives, etc) and purchase a larger power supply for that case. 220W really limits the PC. The small case holds a lot of heat even with all fans cleaned and working properly. Even just taking a CD/DVD out that was in it is very hot. I want a case with better airflow than this one.
I really am not sure what kind of case to get that will meet my needs. I don't want anything really fancy. If possible I'd like to get it off

Any suggestions would be great.

A:Solved: Replacing Small Form Factor Case with bigger case / new PSU

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I'm using Vista and windows 7

Thanks in advance

A:Solved: Auto change lower case to upper case

Look at the Auto Correct options.

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A:Access 2000- Change upper case to lower case

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A:HELP!! The new build that worked fine out the case doesn't work in the case!

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i have a desktop

i changed my broken case to a new case like

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what may cause this issue ?

A:i replaced all of my computer components from my broken case to other case

could be overheating CPU. Did you apply fresh Thermal paste to the HSF after reinstalling the motherboard? Is it tight and secure? Did you blow out all the dirt, dust and debris from the fans' fins?

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A:Reopen a Support case Case ID - [edited]

This is not the place to do that. Your message is not going to HP Support folks who can do anything with your case.  

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A:Reopen a Support case Case ID - 4773952302

This is not the place to do that. Your message is not going to HP Support folks who can do anything with your case.  

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say a case like this

A:use another case instead of the dell optiplex case

thats a nice case but if ur willing to blow that kind of money i would get this its a full tower so lots of room or this this one has some of the best airflow and fan capabilities i would buy this one if u have the money
or if ur low on cash get this which is really beautiful and cheap (recomend if u dont got cash lol)

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Using these devices:

Areca 1230 RAID card - $730
1GB so-dimm (for cache) - $94
Areca battery backup module - $130

Intel 775 server board - $215

2x1GB ECC DDR2 533 - $195

WD RE 250GB $450 - 5x (4 in the array and a hot spare)

Hitachi 7k80 (system drive, another for RAID1 would be nice as well) - $46 each

DVD drive - $18

Pentium D 805 (dual isnt absolutely necessary, but its very little extra on top of a single core) - $121

SATA DLT4 internal drive (SATA is a bit unusual on tape drives, but it saves the cost of SCSI) - $949

PCP&C 510 - $220

Can this case be used to house those componenets:

Antec (TAKE3) ATX Rack-Mountable Case

Please let me know. If not, could someone please recommend one that would. Thanks a lot.

A:Case question

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A:Question about my case

The risers are a much better choice... and usually very inexpensive... $5.00 to $10 at most where I live. They better protect the system board, and they also allow a bit better air flow for cooling... as well as adding a good measure of stability to the board.

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A:New case question

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Also: I am looking for a site to get ATX cases for cheap =) any suggestions would be great

A:Question about new case

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im gonna put an extra fan in my case to vent out the back. out of experience what do u guys recommend for better cooling push or pull?(air intake or exhaust)

A:Case Fan Question

What case do you have?

The more fans the better. I personally try to have positive air pressure in my chassis which means that I will have more intake than exhaust.

You might fill out your system specs which will give us a better idea for recommendations for you.

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I recently purchased an Asus Vento 7700 Chassis and I am very happy with it. Im already thinking of modding the unit but im not quite sure on which type or make of case fans. Here in South Africa there are the following makes available: Thermaltake, Vantec, Antec, Cooler Master & Zalman. I would like to enlarge the intake hole at the front of the chassis behind the mesh grille from 80mm to 92mm because it can't go any bigger in the front than 92mm, then putting in a high performance fan. The fan however needs to light up. There are two different options however regarding 'lighting up'. UV Light-up & normal LED light-up fans. I do however need a fan that is very very bright. Currently I am using a normal Blue LED fan thats just too dull. I need an eye shocking bright fan. Are the UV light-up fans brighter on the eye than normal LED fans or not?

A:Case Fan Question

The UV light are brighter......but have you thought of just putting in another fan along with that one and it wouldn't have to be so big.

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This is my first pc build using a micro-atx motherboard and I was unsure about the hole pattern.What I would like to do is put a Micro-atx motherboard in a mini-tower case instead of a micro-atx case.So my questions are as follows:thanks

Will the hole pattern line up using a micro-atx motherboard in a mini tower case?or would I need to buy a micro-atx case?Does it really matter as long as it is an atx board?

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A:case question

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I am planning on replacing my stock fans for my case with new better ones. I was wondering what would be a good 120mm fan and a good 80mm fan?

A:Case Fan Question

no noise would be great, but i do want decent air flow also.

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what kind of power supply fits a micro ubtx case

Thanks ahead of time

A:pc case question PSU

just do a search online

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Hey guys, this is my first post so please bare with me. I have an Asus A7N8X Deluxe mobo and a Chieftec Green Dragon case. The case has 4 snap in fan mounts but i dont know if i can plug them all into my mobo. I have an Enermax 350W PSU (EG365P-VE(FM)). My question is does anyone know how many fans i can plug into the motherboard and if i can plug some into the PSU? I plan on using 3 fans, 2 under the PSU and one at the front of the case at the bottom. Can you also suggest which to make intakes and which to make outtakes? Thanks.

A:Case fan question

generally intake fans should be in the front of ur case, all ur fans should be plugged into ur psu for power

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Last week I bought me a new dell. 3.2p4, 1gig ddr2 ram, ect...
Its a 4700 model and I discoved that they no longer come with agp ports.
So my 9800 pro would not work with it. So I made a visit to Bestbuy and ordered a x800xl which I put in the other day. Bty iam in school studying architecture and we run autocad which can get pretty reqirement heavy. My case gets incrdibly hot and the air coming out the little side holes and front of case is also hot. It may not be hot enough to hurt anything, but its too hot for me to be comfortable with. With that said There are only 2 fans in the case, the ps fan and the case fan which also cools the processer via heat pipes and vents. The x800xl has its on fan. here's some pics from Dell's site

They say the best set up is one fan pulling air from front of case and 2 pushing out the back but I dont have that option. If I mount (tape) a 80mm fan pushing air out the venting holes on the side case panel would that help any or is there something else I can do to help with with out heavily moddifing the case. I know my options are limited.

Thanks for the help and sorry for long post

A:Another case fan question

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

If it were me i`d just go ahead and cut an 80mm hole in the side panel and attatch a fan. you could even cut two holes if you wanted and have two extra fans.

If you don`t have the tools to do this yourself I don`t think it would be very expensive to have it done at a garage of sheetmetal outlet.

This should indeed help to cool things down a little.

However if you do this I`m pretty sure that your warranty will be void.

Regards Howard :grinthumb

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Hey guys

Just wondering if you guys can help me with the following

ok I have ordered the following case/PSU and I was wondering if i will be able to connect my PCI-E graphics card and my SATA hard drive to the psu?

sorry for the bad explanation I just dont know how to write this lol.

Thanks guys

A:Case Question

it states on the product info that it supports sata........ do u need a power plug for your graphics card?

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Hello All:

I have a Dell™ OptiPlex™ GX260 and I am looking to upgrade a few things in this system. I am looking to update the power supply and I found these few sites to get the supply, but I am looking for the cheapest.

Problem is, I am not sure what case I am using and want to make sure I get the supply that fits into this case,

I am also going to get this video card:

So I am pretty sure I am going to have to upgrade the power supply to handle it...Can you let me know if POWER SUPPLY #2 will fit my case? If you know of any that is cheaper than the $83 unit that is listed in the #1 link?


A:Case Question

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I feel like an idiot for asking this, but how do you install a case fan. I am gonna buy this case fan (, and I was noticed that the holes for mounting the fan doesnt have treads. My case also doesnt have treads for this fan. So how to the screws hold anything

A:Case fan question

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I have a Dell 4700 and would like to add a case fan or two to help with cooling. Is it possible to just mount one inside the tower and direct it at a component? By this I mean, have no "hole" to the outside like most fans do to draw in air, or either push it out? Would this be an efficient way of cooling?

If this is not possible, how would I go about installing a couple more fans?

Also, when you add fan(s), do each one require its own cable from the power supply, because it seems that if you add a couple fans, there goes all your spare cables for other things? Could someone explain the system of getting power to these fans? Thanks a ton!

A:Question about Case Fans

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I am trying to add life to this computer so I can pass it on to a friends daughter. My question is , in the back of the case there is a plastic sleeve that goes almost to the cpu. There are no holes to install a fan and I don't understand the purpose of it. If the cpu fan is blowing air on the cpu it looks like it would be bringing air in from the back. Would it make any sense to pull the heatsink and reapply with artic silver since the cpu is older. The cpu seems to run at 100% a lot of the time so I want to cool the insides down. Any help on prolonging its life. Thank You

A:Hp 7850 Case Question?

kesler said:

I am trying to add life to this computer so I can pass it on to a friends daughter. My question is , in the back of the case there is a plastic sleeve that goes almost to the cpu. There are no holes to install a fan and I don't understand the purpose of it. If the cpu fan is blowing air on the cpu it looks like it would be bringing air in from the back. Would it make any sense to pull the heatsink and reapply with artic silver since the cpu is older. The cpu seems to run at 100% a lot of the time so I want to cool the insides down. Any help on prolonging its life. Thank YouClick to expand...

You can always re-apply thermal paste (it wouldn't hurt anything except maybe a few dollars from your wallet/purse), but I don't quite understand your other question. Can you post a picture of the "sleeve-like object"?

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A:Case & Wire question

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hi, I'm pretty much a computer noob and I'm only 14 so sorry if this question is stupid but, when you are building a computer do u have to buy different size cases depending on what you're putting into your computer?
also can you explain the reasons why some computer cases are more expensive? and do i need to buy a seperate cooler for the computer case or does it come with?

A:little question about case sizes.

There are MANY different kind of form factors..the most common being ATX. Just make sure the motherboard, and power supply are both ATX, they may also be "BTX" compatible, but don't worry about that. Just and FYI, there is also BTX, Micro ATX,picoBTX,microBTX, and my personal favorite BOX.:haha:

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What is the difference between a OEM and Retail case? TIA


A:Computer Case Question

OEM means Original Equipment Manufacturer. They are produced for a middleman to use building his machines to seel to the public.

Anything OEM generally has a shorter warranty, no documentation and few extras. For example, an OEM harddrive does not come with cables or install software. You get a drive, thats it. For an OEM case, you may or may not get a powersupply for example.
Retail on the other hand, gives you the full manf warranty, documentation and any extras there may be.
Unless OEM is significantly cheaper, I usually get the Retail version.

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Okay, so I put together a new computer yesterday, and it's working fine, but I had to leave the front audio and mic jacks unhooked.

I bought an Aspire X Infinity case. First Aspire case I ever bought, and the front audio jacks have the kind of hookups that I'd expect to see on the end of a speaker cord that plugs into the back of a computer. Like, you know, an earphone plug or something. Sorry I don't know the names of things, LOL, I hope you know what I'm talking about.

I didn't buy a sound card, I just usually hook all the audio jacks on the front of the computer case into the motherboard. Is there some kind of sound card that actually has an internal jack on it that looks like the jacks on the outside? Because I've just scrolled through a whole list of em and haven't seen one.

Or are these two cords meant to be run out the back of the case and plugged in on the outside of the computer?

Anyway, just a stupid question. Nothing critical. I can run the cords out the back of the case if I really want the jacks to work. Which actually, the jacks on the front working is not a big issue. I guess mainly I'm just asking out of curiousity.


A:Stupid Case Question, LOL.

You could run it to the back and plug them in on the outside.
Otherwise, there is a front panel audio header on many motherboards. You would just strip the 1/8" connector off, put the wires into a connector, then plug it into the motherboard.

Check your mobo manual for front audio header.

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Im doing a new build and my new case has some fan sensors I haven't ever seen before. The first fan is the input air fan which blows into the hard drive rack on the front of the system and the second is the main back exhaust fan. All fans are working ok but each one has a Temp? sensor on about an eight inch lead. Where do these need to be placed? Should they hang in mid air or the input one be taped to the back of a hard drive while the output air one could be taped to the graphic card heatsinc? The processor fan doesn't have the extra lead and is working fine.

A:new case, fan sensor question.

Lurker1 said:

Im doing a new build and my new case has some fan sensors I haven't ever seen before. The first fan is the input air fan which blows into the hard drive rack on the front of the system and the second is the main back exhaust fan. All fans are working ok but each one has a Temp? sensor on about an eight inch lead. Where do these need to be placed? Should they hang in mid air or the input one be taped to the back of a hard drive while the output air one could be taped to the graphic card heatsinc? The processor fan doesn't have the extra lead and is working fine. Click to expand...

yup what you said. tape em up! ;?)

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Hello everyone,
am new to the forum and i need some help.
I made a new pc and am using an elite 370 case from coolermaster with a silverstone power supply.
My case has some extra holes to put more fans for extra cooling.
I have 3 problems:
1) i want to put an older 140mm fan(on the side for cpu and graphics card) but even though my silverstone power supply has extra wires none of them is suitable for the fan(they are both female wire, i hope am syaing it right...). Does this mean i have to buy something to make the connection and what?
2)How am i supposed to cover the extra holes of the case(that exist for extra cooling)?Dust is the worst enemy...
3)There are as always many wires in the case and i have tried to keep the wires out of heat sources and away from fans but is there something else i should pay attention to?
Thanks in advance.
P.S. sorry if my English is poor

A:Case question, fan q and wire q

If there are no connectors on the board, and there may be some extras, you will need an adapter to connect an extra fan. You can probably find one that changes the molex for an IDE hard drive to a connector for the fan. Some have a "passthrough" so that they can still be used for a drive or other things. The fans use 12 volts, from any source. If it has 3 wires, however, you also need to use the 3-wire connection on the board for fan speed control.

As far as covering the "extra" holes, you may not actually want to do that. If you make all your fans blow inward (bringing the coolest air), then where the air exits may be of less concern so long as the flow goes past the components as you want it to. The PSU already blows outward, providing good circulation in most cases if the other fans blow inward. But general advice is hard to give. It is not easy sometimes to determine where air is flowing. You could experiment with smoke, or at least just try to picture where and how the air will flow from the amount you feel coming through the fans. And be sure that the hot components are in the path of the air.

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this may sound dumb, but is it bad to leave the side of your computers case off? i know alot of dirt and dust can get in like that, but can it be harmful?

A:quick case question

besides the dust, no.

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Ok i know alittle about computer but i was wonderin if this COmputer case and this motherboard would work out together?
If ya could take a look at these links for me i would much appreciate it.


A:Motherboard and Case Question

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I'm looking to replace my case fans and I dont really need anything to exciting, no LED's or anything, just something that pushes a good amount of air at a reasonable dB level. I found some Thermaltake's that push 37 cfm and are at 30 dBs. I really can't compare that volume to anything as I don't have a clue what my stock fans are at. Their just generics. Does anyone have any suggestions regarding these or should I look for something else?

A:80mm Case Fan Question

A Vantec Stealth 80mm is a good choice i think. Since it pushes a reasonable amount of air and is almost totally silent.

lifetime garauntee i think too.

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Do most computer cases (empty cases) come with a blank opening for the rear I/O panel shield?

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My cousin just got a computer case off new egg. This is the case:

now, one of his buddies ordered a computer from Alienware, and gave my cousin his old case that he originally planed to do his own custon build with, which is

So, i know nothing about picking a case or PSU, but he offered to sell me the case in teh first link for $50. I wanted to check to see if it is a decent case, so i checked new egg, but i still wanted to ask somewhere else to be sure. I want to replace my old case, as it's not holding up very well. I don't have enough money to buy anything more expensive than that, but i don't want to buy a case that i'll have to potentially replace later. All i'd do with it is put a stock board and PSU from HP into it.

Just wanted to know if it is worth the money, as i've had a lot of friends get nice looking cases that have to be replaced after a month becuase they don't hold up, or don't have adequete cooling. As i said, i want to get another case that'll last me for a while, at least until i'm able to get the money to build another computer and give my current one to my bro.

EDIT: Sorry, he told me the wrong case, this is the case he want to sell me:

A:Quick Question about a case

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Hello, I have a quick question. I have a vertical tower and was wondering, can I place it on its side and use it as a desktop. I ask this as it would help me create more space and I want to place it on its side. That shouldn't hurt anything, right?

A:Simple question about my case.

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as you can see in the pic. i would like to know if i put a fan in the front of the case. would that help the air flow better. and would a 400 watt PS be enough for all the fans and the video card?
were i have the red check mark. that would be the cpu. right? are them fans hard to change. it has the factory fan in it and i would like to put some thing better.

A:case fans question

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As math is not my thing when it comes to this let me say thanks for any help you can give.I have a computer case with a precut 2.75 by 2.75 inch area with mounting holes already drilled at those measurments for a rear exhaust fan.What size fan will fit without drilling new holes? Thanks again. ps I am thinking a 70mm by 70mm fan but what do I

A:Solved: Case Fan Question

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For Christmas I got another 120mm case fan (aerocool shark 1500 rpm) and I tried mounting it at the top of the case to suck out hot air as I have 2 intakes and 1 exhaust already but I couldn't seem to get the right screws to screw it in at the top, my case (aerocool strike x gt) came with long screws for the top of the case but they are too thin to screw into the fan. So instead I mounted the new fan on the side door on the top fan slot by the CPU as an intake and today when I played a new game that I got for Christmas (BF3) I noticed the CPU temps would get rather hot (I am using the stock intel cooler, bear that in mind) I was getting a max temperature of about 80 degrees C after a roughly 2 hour gaming session. Would I benefit from making the new fan an exhaust by the CPU or would I be better off, or is there a secret way of mounting a fan up there at the top as an exhaust that I son't know about as I imagine that way would be the best way to do things. Also my graphics card could handle BF3 at all max 1080p with 60+ FPS. Thanks. EDIT - To clarify I have 2 intakes at the front, one rear exhaust and the new fan as an intake on the side door by the stock CPU cooler.

A:Case fan cooling question

hopgop1 said:

For Christmas I got another 120mm case fan (aerocool shark 1500 rpm) and I tried mounting it at the top of the case to suck out hot air as I have 2 intakes and 1 exhaust already but I couldn't seem to get the right screws to screw it in at the top, my case (aerocool strike x gt) came with long screws for the top of the case but they are too thin to screw into the fan. So instead I mounted the new fan on the side door on the top fan slot by the CPU as an intake and today when I played a new game that I got for Christmas (BF3) I noticed the CPU temps would get rather hot (I am using the stock intel cooler, bear that in mind) I was getting a max temperature of about 80 degrees C after a roughly 2 hour gaming session. Would I benefit from making the new fan an exhaust by the CPU or would I be better off, or is there a secret way of mounting a fan up there at the top as an exhaust that I son't know about as I imagine that way would be the best way to do things. Also my graphics card could handle BF3 at all max 1080p with 60+ FPS. Thanks. EDIT - To clarify I have 2 intakes at the front, one rear exhaust and the new fan as an intake on the side door by the stock CPU cooler.Click to expand...

With stock coolers, the fan on the intel cooler is pulling the air through the heat sink off the CPU and into the case away from it. By putting a fan blowing air down on the CPU, you are pushing the air back onto your cpu thus keeping the... Read more

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Today I opened my NZXT Apollo case and was going to install a card. I found that it is a screwless design. Does anyone have a NZXT case and could give me a hint on how the screwless card slots work? I thought I would give this a shot before I U/L a picture of them. Thanks,

A:Question About NZXT Case

I don't have a NZXT case, but most cases I've had with a csrewless design have a springed clamp where the card goes.You push on the top part and it goes back lifting the clamp. Once the card is installed, pudh it back down and the spring pressure holds the card in place.

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I just recieved a thermaltake V3 black edition case. It has something I haven't seen before. In the center inside there is a gold metal thing that looks like a standoff, but is screwed in with the threaded longer end facing up. That is where the new Asus AM3 motherboard middle hole would be. If I remove it, there is no elevated place to put the standoff. I don't really know how to describe this, but maybe someone can figure out what I'm talking about. If I leave the thing screwed down it would be a problem to short out the board.
Thanks for any help.

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hello everyone. im looking into buying a new case for my computer. i currently have the stock case that came with my sony vaio pcv rx860. I was looking to get one of the more custom cases ive seen on the web. my main concerns are if the vaio components will be easily transferable to whichever custom case i end up choosing. as well , are there certain types of cases i need to stay away from or that i should look at specifically ? ive never changed the case on a computer before and the vaio i have has a very interesting way of opening up. is there a site or set of specifications i should follow before choosing my custom case ? thanks.

A:Computer Case Question

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i am wanting to purchase an extra fan for my computer, but the thing is, i don't know what kind of fan to get or how to hook and or plug them up. any ideas or suggestions or links? i already have a really good power supply fan and cpu fan but i need to get one just to circulate air around inside the case. Thankxz!

A:a question about computer case fans.

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ok here is the inside of my case,

when the case side is off the cpu temp at idle is 37.2C and with load is 40.5C,
but with the side on the temp is 40C idle/45C load. i did have three 80mm fans on the side window but when i took them off i seen that my temps were lower without them can anybody help

A:computer case air flow question

it depends on where the fans are pointing

also it could be that the fans are keeping hot air inside the case instead of letting it out

try unplugging the fans and see how it affects the temps

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if i have 2 fans (MASSCOOL FD08025S1M4 80mm Case Fan) on the back of the case with one right on top of the other, should one blow in or should they both blow out? i also have a arctic cooling freezer 7 on the cpu (or i will when i build this weekend).


A:Solved: case fan configuration question

It really depends on a lot of things. Generally speaking, if 2 fans are close to one another, you don't want one "in" and the other "out" because the air-flow will then be in a small loop and cooling for the interior will not be optimal. If there are plenty of intake ports for air, you may want both blowing out, especially if the power supply blows in.

Think about how air will flow with the case closed. Imagine some smoke flowing through the system.

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Alright...this is the question i have. Does anyone know where you can get a case that can be customized to have your name on the side, either just painted on there somehow, or have the name carved as a side window so that when the computers turned on the neons inside will show through the name only and make it have that neon glow. Does anyone know if there's a place that does this? If not, do you think air brushing it on there would work?

A:Custom Computer Case Question

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Hi all...well I finaly got my new parts to build my new pc but iam already a little stuck. lol

I purchased a Gigabyte G1M-ESL2 Micro ATX mobo and this micro ATX case: Envizage LC727-03 2 Bay Black Micro ATX PC Case 500W | Envizage | Buy Online Now!

After opening up the case and taking the sides off I noticed there are no the case has two bars that run horizontal across the inside of the case with little raised bumps with screw holes and I am wondering if these are build in standoffs? Do I just screw the mobo to this and is it safe? i though the whole idea of standoffs were to ground the mobo? I am really scared now just in case i blow the thing up after putting it all togther lol

A:Installing motherboard in case question

Was there a plastic baggie with any additional items, screws, standoffs, power cord, etc with the case ? If you gently place the MB into the case, How does the back panel connectiors line up ?

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I just recently took everything out of my Sony Vaio desktop and put it into a new case which I bought. Everything went smoothly and the computer boots up fine, but each time I restart it goes to the bios screen and tells me "system fan is abnormal and power fan is abnormal. Press F1 for setup or F2 to continue" F2 takes me to the desktop where all is well and F1 lets me change bios settings. How can I stop this screen from coming up?

PS- temps are fine for the cpu according to SiSoft Sandra. My new case has rear exhaust fans that don't plug into the motherboard but rather use the power supply. Could this be causing it?

Any Help is appreciated. Thanks

A:switched to new case, now have bios question

The motherboard will be trying to monitor the fan rotation via the third wire.
You have the fans connected direct, so the signal is not detected.

Either disable the fan monitoring (if thats a BIOS option) or feed the fans from the motherboard (if the fans are speed monitoring capable-not all are)

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I'm about to buy a new pc. I'm curious if this case:

will hold this motherboard:

The reason I question it is on the case page is says:

Fits motherboard size up to 11" x 12"

but on the motherboard specs it says:

Dimensions 12.0" x 7.6"

Meaning the motherboard is too tall for the case?

A:Simple question: Will mobo fit in case...

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I'd like to build a system. What I have in mind for the CPU is an Athlon XP1500 with a motherboard that will support it and DDR RAM.

I have found a nice looking case take a look at the specs for this.Suntek STK9311

Will this case work with an XP processor on the motherboard?

About power, it comes with a 300w power supply. is this enough?

About cooling, well do the XPs require the same high level of cooling that other Athlons do? It is a fairly compact case; do you think it'll provide good airflow & cooling or if not, will I need an extra fan besides the CPU fan? if I need additional fans what type should I get?

Any input is greatly apppreciated.

A:Case & CPU question Building A System

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Hi I was searching some websites about cpu and case coooling.

I wanted to know if the temperatures for case at about 77f max and the cpu at around 171f. Is this normal or is it too high, if it is too high wat can i do the make it right.

P4 2.4ghzA (prescott) 533 Fsb
Gigabyte P4 Titan
256mb ram pc3200
128mb ram pc2100 (for now)
128mb ATI 9200se (for now)
2 60gig hd's 7200rpm
xdreamer 2fans

A:Case & CPU temperature (Quick Question)

welcome to techspot!

If your cpu is running at 171F then that is to hot. You could get water cooling (but i think that is way to expensive) or get some fans? I dont know your budget but fans is prob. youre best choice. you should also try motherboard manager with cpu idle. These two programs could help keep your cpu cooler. Hope it helps!

Sean :darth:

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I am not sure if this is the way to ask a question about cases or not. Anyway I have an AT case can I convert it to a ATX by just replacing the power supply?

A:Solved: at case conversion question

No. The mb will not line up with openings in the case.

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well i was looking for a good case, and while i was looking at the back, there were holes for the rear panel ports on mobo's but the mobo that i have picked out does fit how the holes were arranged. am i supossed to look all over for a case that matches the arrangment of the rear panel ports of my mobo? or can u just take that premade holes off

EDIT: opps n/m solved

A:Solved: mobo and case question

Most new motherboards fit standard ATX cases. Which case and which mobo are you looking at?

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Power supply :- OCZ PowerStream 520W
Module size and kit size:-
CPU model and rated speed:-Athlon 64 3200+
Overclocked CPU speed:-
Divider and FSB used:-
Motherboard and revision:-DFI LANPARTY UT NF4-D ATX
Motherboard Bios rev:-
Video card:- eVGA Geforce 6600GT
Operating System:-None yet
CPU and System Cooling:-3 Case fans, mobo fan and cpu fan, gfx card fan

I have three case fans, all which have a 3 pin connection that attaches to the motherboard and a 4 pin (same as Hard drive sized power supply connector). The 4 pin connectors have both a male and female end so that they can go inline with another part or could even be daisy chained together. My question is which line of the power supply should these be connected to?

I have a few options, I could connect one or more to the cable the contains a few 4 pin connectors and a 5V/12V power connector at the end for the motherboard or I could daisychain them on the end of a power supply cable marked (VGA/H.D.D). Also do I need both the 3 pin motherboard connector and 4 pin power supply connector, connected or are these two seperate option, which I merely need to choose one of (ie. Motherboard connection OR Power supply 4 pin connection). If so, which is better to choose?)

A:Case fan question and other power connections question

If you connect them to your mobo then it will be able to monitor their speeds via the yellow wire. If you connect them to your PSU it doesnt matter which 4 pin molex connector you fit them to as they all join up inside the PSU. Another option is to buy a fan speed controller and plug them into that, the advantage is that you can control the speed and therefore the ammount of noise they produce, the more expensive controllers can also monitor speeds and temperature(s).

Hope that helps. Rik.

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I will be building a new computer soon and I want to make it silently quiet

The one I have now is deafeningly loud and I hate it...

So I was planning on getting the Thermaltake Armor VA8000BWS. User reviews have quoted it as very quiet which is nice. I'm thinking though, that I really don't need that many drive bays, so I may go for the junior.

I believe the standard case fans should be sufficient but I think I'll be wanting to get a custom fan for my quad-core extreme (whatever one i can get cheap off of eBay )

Anyone have any recommendations for fans or a better case? (I do enjoy pretty lights )

A:I want a quiet computer...(Case+Fans) question

This is easy... A good quality case. One that doesn't vibrate like a tin can. Use only 2 ball-bearing quiet 120mm fans. 1 for intake air in the front of the case and 1 at the rear for exhaust.

The most important fan is the CPU HSF (heat-sink fan). Make sure you can properly cool the CPU, but pay attention to the db (decibel) sound rating. The lower the better

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I have a gluegun, should that be strong enough to hold together everything?

And I'm a little worried about the heat, but i have two 5" fans keeping things cool.

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I'm making a computer for a friend who is leaving town tomorrow. I've made several computers before, but the case and motherboard that I ordered arrived today, and the pci-x, and pci slots do not match up with the slots on the case. I'm hoping to figure out if I have a wieird case, a weird motherboard, or a defect. I just need to know which would be easier to go out and replace.

The case is:

Apevia X-Cruiser ATX Mid Tower Case:

Link to newegg with specifications:

Newegg and the website state that mobo compatability is ATX, and the size is:

Motherboard Compatibility Main Board: ATX, MICRO ATX
Main Board Size: Fits up to 11" x 12"

Now for the motherboard:

ASUS M2N-E SLI Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 500 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard


The size specs are listed at:

12.0" x 8.6"

I did not see this before I purchased, but the motherboard is 1 inch taller than the case dimensions listed. The mobo still attached to the tray just fine, but all of the PCI slots do not match.

Will this be the case for every "SLI" mobo because the case is "Mid Tower". Is this motherboard just longer than average?

I've read lots of reviews on newegg and only 1 other person ran into this issue with on the case with an sli motherboard.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated. I just do not know h... Read more

A:Case, Mobo Incompatability Question - Urgent

you need to install the I/O shield for your mother board first.It should of came with your motherboard.Every motherboard is diferrent

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Question, my front panel wires for my case (the cables for the power switch, reset switch, led's, etc) look different than the connectors on my mobo.
My mobo connector has 12 pins all spaced out for the different connections, my case however has a connector made up of 8 wires all together in 1 connector, and 2 empty holes with no wires.
I have tried plugging it in different positions but the power button is not working.

I know the mobo is getting power because there is a internal led that comes on when I plug in the case.

Any ideas?

A:Question about case front panel connectors

You have an incompatible plug for the corresponding headers on the mobo. Sometimes you can get one or two things working but the only real solution is to get rid of the all in one plug and rewire to fit the mobo pin outs. Or get a compatible mobo for the front panel plug.

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i have a Alienware Aurora-R3 and i took out the 2 gts 450s. and replaced it with a single MSI radeon R9 290. and it seams that it is running a bit hot. once it got up to 180F. all the fans are working. i wonder if its the case? i took the cover that was covering the video card and left the side off and it helped some. it went down to about 120F to140F. i was wonder if i can cut a hole in the side panel. and mount a fan there to blow out if that would help any?


A:Alienware Aurora-R3 case air flow question?

and this is the only place in the front that air is getting in. maybe i sgould try to open this up some how?


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Hello all.

I am putting a new computer together and have all of the parts aside from the Motherboard, CPU and case. Could you please let me know if the following parts all compatible with one another? I know it's not the best setup in the world, but it is for a budget PC and we have limited resources at our disposal, unfortunately...




And the Ram (already owned) is US Modular Dual Channel 1024MB PC4200 DDR2 533MHz Memory (240 pin) -- is that compatible as well?

I would really appreciate it if someone could help me here, and I apologize if I am using the wrong forum for this post. I have been searching for days and cannot come up with any definitive answers at this point.

Thank you in advance.

A:PC compatibility question (mobo/CPU/Case setup)

Not impressive as you have said but it's your money, your choice... Yes they will all work

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Hey there, second topic in 10 minutes, but since I am here I thought I would get this off my chest.

Ummm, I'm planning on buying a new case, the Coolermaster HAF 932 Full Tower Case, it comes with 4 120mm fans with LED's on the side panel, and a 200mm fan on the top, with ANOTHER 120mm fan cooling from the back of the case, and I'm wondering - What will I need to use this case? I'm just upgrading the case first, and building upwards from my older computer (1 year ago gaming pc) which had a GeForce 8600 GT XXX Alpha Dog GPU and a Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz on an old motherboard which I bought from a friend for cheap, this pc also has a 300Watt Power Supply, what would I need to use this case?

Another part of this question is, what power supply would go best with an XFX nForce 750i motherboard and the coolermaster haf case?

Sorry if this is all mumble jumble but please, read each question seperately, not as the one

A:Power Supply + Case + Motherboard Question

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So I want to buy the following item from eBay.
It says that the max size it supports is 300GB.
My hard-drive is 320GB

a) the external hard-drive CASE recognize the HDD as 300GB and function normally?
b) the external hard-drive CASE not recognise the HDD at all due to it being too big.

Thanks for your speedy help!

A:Question about 2.5" external hard drive case

A 320GB hard drive actually works out to be about 298GB. I believe the only way to know if the drive will work is to try it.

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First off, the motherboard is a GA-P35-DS3L (new, everything was in the box). I don't really think case is necessary, since the problem isn't fitting it, it's because I don't know anything about placing the board into the case. The board isn't actually touching the bottom of the case, because the CPU fan and the bottoms of some other other prongs are holding it up, but I'm pretty sure there's more to it, especially because the video card has that piece of metal at the end that hangs over the edge of the board. Is there something else that goes under the board, and if not, what happens with the video card?

A:Awesomely ridiculous question: Placing motherboard in case

You must insert either metal (brass) or plastic standoffs between the bottom of the motherboard and the case.

You must carefully observe where the motherboard's screw-holes are, and then place a standoff in the case at the corresponding location.

Standoffs usually come with the case, in the little bag consisting of screws and whatnot.


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Hi all, I have 5 fans in my case. Two in the front (lower) are bringing air into the case, two in the back (upper) are blowing air out. I am unsure about the fan on the top of the case. Should it bring in or blow out? Since heat rises I think it should blow out, but for positive pressure I think it needs to bring in. Someone please enlighten me.

A:Solved: Case cooling air flow direction question

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Im building a gaming PC over the next month and assimulating as much info as i can and have a budget of £1,200 so far but by the time i buy the parts i'll have about £1,500. Building a PC PURELY for gaming and nothing more, i dont do any other media stuff, so a sandybridge Core i5-2500K is no doubt and unquestionably a great CPU for gaming and is it future proof? as in future proof i dont mean 8th gen but i do want a PC that will run all current games up to battlefield 3 and beyond for the next couple of years and by run i mean full graphics with full AA constant 60 frames a second 1920x screen resolution. I know abit about GPU's but not CPU's. Im happy to spend £1,500 on a pc (about $2250) but i wont be happy if i buy all the pc games i want and find out some of them dont run well.

I made the mistake of buying a prebuilt PC from PC World (UK) for £900 a year ago, and it could run crysis on Low graphics (borrowed from a friend just to test so no hating please) anything beyond that my framerate would go to 5 frames, and it even has trouble running fallout 3 on medium graphics. THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE, £900 down the pan and that was without the monitor.

Yes.....i have learnt my lesson about prebuilt so dont flame me. Im building a PC by buying all my conponents and getting my friend to help me build it.

I have speakers, keyboard, mouse and 24" monitor so my budget is litrally just for building the PC. I'll either get 1 or 2 GTX 580 Depending if ... Read more

A:Building a PC my question is CPU mobo and case related help appriciated

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Well im going in to get a pc built for me in a few days time but the problem is this. The cases they have in there look really old fashioned! (bad spelling) and just plane yukky! Soo i have decided to buy my own case off of e-bay. So my questions are this

1: Are all the cases the same? please say they are! other wise im screwed and damned to live my hole life with a really horrible tower ..

2: THis is a really stuiped question but please..dont laugh.. if i went to and brought a computer..then i went to a smallish shop in town (which are very cheap) Do you think that the little shop would be cheaper? Just the computer i want off of dell is like £1,800. yet im only aming to pay £1,500 - £1,600. (with monitor) This would be for a good gaming computer. So which is it?

3: is it possible to get a great gaming computer for £1,500?

thanks for any help you can give - from Adam-knox

A:Case questions, new computer question (sorry if this isnt the right place to post)

1. No. Well not technically speaking. But the one used in the majority of motherboards today (I mean a large majority) is the ATX form factor. If you could prvide the mobo. name and model I (or someone) can tell you for sure. But its almost definitly an ATX.

2.Normally local shops cant compete with big retailers. I have found you will be paying more for the same "specs." at a local shop But take into acount that most PC shops use higher quality parts. ANd not to mention you have someone to actually talk to, instad of a phone number.

3. You bet. If you would like us to help you pick out parts, just say the word, its not as hrad as you think, and will save a lot of money.

Hope this helps


BTW-excuse any bad spelling, its late and i just got off work

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When mounted, the intake fan snaps into a plastic "Cage" which then snaps onto the panel behind a grill.
Can the plastic cage be modified in any way to increase airflow without weaking it so that it might either break, or sag down in the case mountings

A:S-500 Case Intake fan "Cage" question.

why would you want to do that ? is your machine running hot / its not a good idia unless nesasary, better to get another fan if you need more air.

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Pardon my lack of drawing skills folks, I never claimed to be an arteest.

I have recently done some upgrades on my computer, the two most obvious would be the 6800GT and the XP 3200+. I have been having some slight heat issues, nothing drastic. Idles at about 46 and pegs out at about 53.

With the side cover off the temps drop a good 4 C on both idle and pegged. I think the length of my 6800GT has quite a bit to do with this problem. As you can see from my piss poor drawing the 6800 and the drive cage are really close. I mean about 2 inches of clearance max.

My case door has air vents in the bottom and doing a tissue test there is air being drawn into the case through these vents, no doubt.

Do you think cutting a blow hole directly over my CPU and mounting an 80 MM fan would help this situation? I have painted all my fans black and the lines indicate airflow. It would seem that I have good flow and normally I would say I do. The length of this 6800 has me wondering though.

A:Airflow question.

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I have an Antec 900, 2 120mm fans pulling at the front, 1 240mm fan top pushing, 1 120mm fan back pushing. My question is i wish to mount a 120mm fan at the side to cool my GFX card, should i have the fan pushing or pulling the air?

A:Airflow question

Delivering air into the case.

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I was trying to clarify through my studies and elsewhere that the airflow as of right now is being properly implemented as shown in the diagram.

Also, I'm wanting to add atleast one more fan to one of the open slots on the case. Would I need to use the fan as an exhaust? Considering the heat sink acts as an exhaust would it even be worth it to put a fan there and could it mess anything up with the airflow.

A:Quick Airflow Question (Diagram included)

Yes if you add more fans they would be good on top and as exhaust since you already have 2 on the front as intakes

One note about the power supply if the fan on it is facing up it pulls air though it from inside the case and pushes out the back
Most people make the fan on the psu face down so it pulls cool air through the bottom and pushes it out through the back
That depends if the case has a filter screen on the bottom of it or not.

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just a question about fans and keeping things cool.

I have all the parts (no cpu yet waiting for thursday) except case fans and I was hoping someone could tell me the best set-up for them.

I bought Akasa AK-965 Intel Core 2 Duo Heatsink it's a side blowing fan and can move up to 57 cfm so do I need a 120mm exhaust fan with similar air flow capacity or lesser size due to the fan on the psu?

Am I looking to create negative pressure as I move from the front of the case towards the back and so what size of fan should I have at the front of the case or does airflow dictate I shouldn't have a front fan?
I was thinking one of these for the back it's a 120mm fan moving 80 cfm but should I get 2? one for the front.

A power fan header - is this used only for the psu fan and is it weird I don't have a connection coming from my psu?

If the heatsink comes with "Thermal compound pre-applied" does this mean I have no need for any other thermal grease etc and just stick it directly into place? The heatsink came with no instructions at all - it's even mentioned in the review.

Lastly on the mobo there are places for 3 pin (system fan 1) and 4 pin fans (system fan 2) is sys fan 1 for the exhaust fan and sys fan 2 for the front fan? and do both 3 pin and 4 pin have speed control?

Mobo Gigaybyte GA-P35-S3
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A:Solved: Airflow fans and heatsink question before I build

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Hello guys, I'm having a HARD time to understand the size descriptions from my Case and Comparing it with the GPU I want to buy.

So my case is a Zalman Z9
::: Zalman, leading the world of Quiet Computing Solutions :::

and the GPU I want to buy is a R9 390x, specificaly this one.

Asus AMD R9 390X Strix Gaming OC Graphics Card (8 GB, GDDR5, PCI Express 3.0, 3 x Display Port, HDMI, DVI-D, 4096x2160, 512-Bit): Computers & Accessories

Which is supposedly 137.7 millimetres long? Which should be able to get in. However When I look into my case Right now with my XFX Radeon HD 6850 I can see it barelly fits, and it is only fans...

How is a 3fan card gona fit in?

A:Question about case Size and GPU Size

You will have to go with a full tower case, the R9 390x is about 300mm long and the Z9 plus case (mid tower) only can fit in a card that is up to 290mm long.

The full tower Zalman Z11 will fit in the R9 390x without any space issues at all and it will be able to breath properly inside the Z11 as well.

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I dont have a case fan and i want one. Been looking around and so far its between a Vantec Tornado 80mm and a Thermaltake Smart Fan 2. I hear the Tornado is really good and keeping things cool but its incredibly loud. The Smart Fan has manual speed control or somthing, but im not sure wheather ill find since useful since ill have it on full blast anyway. Any recomendations as to which one to pick? Recomendations of any other models is also welcome.

A:What case fan?

Get a couple of these ->

I've put about 5 of these in computers I've built for people - they're quiet, effective, and cheap.

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Since I am a computer nerd and I love messing with computers, I figured I want to modify my own case. But since this is going to be my fist time, I am gonna use an old Gateway case...from like...98-2000's. I've already started it last week cutting out an window on the side panel.

So, right now it looks like this.

Notice I've already put some pretty lights there. I got those for free from Radio shack last week.

This is the "skeleton" of the case with the system inside.

P2 400mhz
100mhz FSB
Floppy Disk Drive.

Very old simple system, but I'm not worried about the system, I want to make this case look modern and make it so it will fit in with other cases. Yes, It's messy, but I'm not done with it...I got all the parts from scratch and put it together with parts that actually work...

Now onto paint.

These are all the panels I'll need to paint. Black will be the color. Theme will be Black, Blue and White. Everything will be black, and on the right side of the case I'll spray paint a stencil on.

But here's a question for you guys. when I get newer parts and be able to build a better system, would I be able to fit my mother-board in there?

Here's a picture of the back.

I think that's an ATX. But I am not sure...please tell?


What kind of spray paint should I use? Regular Plastic/metal paint?

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A:My First Case Mod


Well for the plastic, id try Krylon Fusion spray paint you can buy it about anywhere it actually melts the plastic a bit and then bonds to it.. For the metal, you can use any spray paint but no matter what its not going to be the best lasting stuff and will chip or flake if you look at it funny, well not really but it isnt the best if you move your case around a lot. Just sand it first, get it rough then paint it, the paint will stick better.

As far as the window goes, plexi is the easiest to work with and cut. I suggest using pop rivets to secure it to the side panal but make some type of tension bracket that you can rivet to and at the same time hold the plexi in snug as if you try to rivet the plexi directly it wil crack.

Yes the case is a ATX case....

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So I just got a new case , Corsair Obsidian 750D Airflow Edition , moved everything last night from my NZXT H440 case. Just by doing this ive knocked 10 degrees off my max GPU temps in stress tests (72 down to 62 ish ) and CPU 7 - 10 degrees after 10 minutes of Aida 64. I have to say it isnt as quiet as my NZXT and i didnt compensate for ambient temps but our house is always about the same temperature (too hot :/ )

Oh and the case is MASSIVE!!

A:New case

Glad you like it. It's a nice case.

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I'm building an entirley new computer but I'm stuck on which case I should get. Either the Rosewill R114A-SLV Silver Computer Case or the Antec Solution SLK1650B Black Computer Case . So which one should I get? personally I'm leanning more towards the Rosewill case. Thanks

A:Which case is better?

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