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    Default for what its worth........

    hey,
    i just wanted to pass along a tip. i usually run my homebuilt unit with the side cover off and laying in the corner(who doesn't, right?). but just for giggles, i put it back on tonite, and my temps dropped 10 degrees F ! had heard of this before, but never really experienced it. just thought i'd pass that on..............brian.
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    Default Re: for what its worth........

    FYI, this can happen when you have proper airflow going through the case. When the air goes in the direction it is supposed to, it enhances cooling inside the enclosure.
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    Yes, it does help. This is because of negative air pressure, believe it or not even something as trivial as a slot cover missing can disrupt this pressure and increase temps.
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    Default Re: for what its worth........

    Quote Originally Posted by brianrly
    hey,
    i just wanted to pass along a tip. i usually run my homebuilt unit with the side cover off and laying in the corner(who doesn't, right?). but just for giggles, i put it back on tonite, and my temps dropped 10 degrees F ! had heard of this before, but never really experienced it. just thought i'd pass that on..............brian.

    It means you own a good computer case with good airflow. I have an Aero Cool brand case that does that also. I'm sure there are many others but have only noticed it on this one so far. I for one always try leave my side panels on unless I need to do something to the system, like work bugs out. It just doesn't look right without a side panel.

    What case do you have anyway?
    This is the AeroCool case I have...Oh yeah, and I added a 120mm fan in the back so maybe that helps a little....
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...196-001&depa=0

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    About the cooling issue, sorry for butting in here, but I have a thermaltake tsunami, is has the front fan (intake) and the back fan (outtake), the fan on the side I am not sure does anyone know if it is in or out? I was wondering because I just put on the Kingwin VGA cooler that has three fans blowing almost right at the side fan. If it is an intake fan, will that disrupt optimal air flow? Right know my temps are around 27-30 C inside with 40 C on the processor at idle.
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    Default Re: for what its worth........

    Typically the side port fan is an intake, although with the setup you have you might want to reconsider. I'd check the temps on both configs, that's what I had to do with my old case and the side port actually worked better as an exhaust.

    I need to get a case that has one of those side port fans blowing on the cards. The Aspire X-Dreamer II, which I have, positioned theirs kinda high up where it doesn't serve much of a purpse, at least not in my motherboard. And you could roast a turkey on my vga right now...

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