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    Could leaving a drive slot open in the front of the case increase airflow?
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    It really depends on the pressure maintained in the case.

    If you have negative pressure (more exaust then intake) then yes it will cuase a suction effect through any opening. This isn't necessarily good becuase a big opening like that will cuase alot of unwanted stuff to get in. Things like dust dirt fingers who knows........ Now on the other hand if you have positive pressure in the case (more intake then exaust) then that big opening will act as a vent in it self. I know this for a fact cuase I have positive pressure in my case and I have no floppy drive. And guess what. Air comes out of that whole like it has a small fan mounted in it.

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    So if I were to leave open the floppy bay (no flop either) it might work? I should give it a shot at least because I don't have that good of cooling and I'm trying to get some good overclocking from my vid card. I'm planning on buy some more fans, 3 currently. So we'll see.
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    leaving opening in your case will subject the interior to more emi...but on the front it'll probably not be a big deal...it's only on the back (near the cards and chipset and such) that it could cause a problem
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    More emi? what's emi?
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    Electro Magnet Interference. ;)

    But they don't put out much but open it up and point a deskfan into it and see what happens. :D


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    yep, it can cause all kinds of problems...like corrupt data
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    Not likely with a more modern deskfan but it will show if temps improve or not. :p
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    haha... not really sure I have any desk fans or anything laying around, but I'll see if I can find anything, for kicks ya know.
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    Hey Wiggo! A bit off topic ... but while we are on the subject of magnets (or electromagnets) causing problems .... Is that a phone on the side of your workshop PC? Does the speaker magnet not have the potential to cause problems?

    Just curious ... esp. since I have on several occasions given my children a hard time about putting the phone on my 'puter.
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