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Windows 7: Fan/cooling arrangement

16 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
Fan/cooling arrangement

Hi all,

Not sure if this is the type of question for these particular forums, as it's more of a general hardware query, but the community here has been very helpful in the past!

I've got a fairly old W7 Ultimate Q6600 PC with a 500w GX Lite PSU and recently ordered an cheap VTX 7870 graphics card. I've been thinking about doing it for some time, but thought now is the perfect time to add more cooling to my PC to mitigate the extra noise from the card.

I've attached some photos of my case - I've got a standard 120mm fan at the back of the case, and there is a vent which looks like it would fit a fan at the front which has screw holes 75mm and 85mm apart (but the vent itself is 90mm across, see photo 'front vent'). However since I got the PC about 6/7 years ago, the HDD bays have been attached to the bottom, which would obscure a front case fan (see photo 'bays'). This photo also shows two spare bays below my two optical drives so I think I should simply be able to move the HDD bay up to the two empty bays and create space for the air to be sucked into the case.

I've also got a vent on the removable panel on the side of the case (see photo - this funnel extends to over the stock CPU cooler). I assume I can't fit a fan to this as the panel needs to be removed!

So what would you guys recommend as the best solution:

1. Moving the HDDs and adding the front vent fan (would this be a 90mm or 85mm fan because I can't see 85mm fans on scan etc)
2. Getting a VGA cooler for the GPU fan (never done this before though and not sure that will help cooling for the increased load on the PSU etc?)
3. Something else??

I could do with the a new mobo/cpu/ram and the case is old and huge, but I'm really not in the position to do this at the moment, and hopefully anything I buy now will come in handy when I eventually do upgrade the rest!

Thanks in advance for any help or advice, gratefully appreciated as ever!


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Fan/cooling arrangement-front-vent.jpg   Fan/cooling arrangement-bays.jpg   Fan/cooling arrangement-side-vent.jpg  
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16 Feb 2014   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

You have a couple of options.

1. You could buy a new case with better air flow. Antec makes some nice cases that aren't too expensive.

2. You can install a 90mm fan in the front (90mm fans have 85mm mounting holes, I believe). If you do that, moving the drives would be a good idea. If those are 3.5" bays above, you won't need adapters to do it. If they're 5.25" bays, you'll need adapters to mount the drives.

3. An extra GPU fan isn't practical in your case. There's nowhere to put it.

4. You could consider an aftermarket heatsink for your CPU for better cooling. This is a good one:

Cooler Master: Hyper 212 EVO

There are always options, though it can be difficult to cool an older case. My best suggestion would be to see if a newer case with better ventilation is in your budget, and if your components would fit in it.
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17 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Hi mellon head,

Thanks for your reply! I think for now I'll get the front fan and a better CPU cooler. I've been looking at liquid cooling for about 40, but it's that eternal question I have with PCs - when do you draw the line and say "&&@!% it!!" and bite the bullet and spend a more serious chunk of money and set myself up more for the future!
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17 Feb 2014   #4
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by northlondon01 View Post
Hi mellon head,

Thanks for your reply! I think for now I'll get the front fan and a better CPU cooler.
I think that's a good plan. Then save your pennies for a new system.
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