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"Alienware" mid tower cooling question

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thegetupkids

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Aug 3, 2001
hi im building my first computer aimed for editing and gaming and need to figure out what im going to do for cooling and new one of you could help. Ok here are the specs. Soyo K7ADA MB, 1.33ghz athlon 266FSB w/ stock heatsink, Geforce 3, 40GB IBM 7200 harddrive, 256 DDR RAM, dvd rom, x gamer sound card, 300W power, thats about it. The case is a midtower ATX (aka Alienware one) it had a 80mm front fan and 60mm back fan (both grills have been cut out for max air flow) Im not going to be overclocking my system..yet so what would you recommend for a cooling solution? cut more holes? add more fans? hope someone ca help me out thanks!
 

Tab

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thegetupkids (Aug 03, 2001 09:50 p.m.):
hi im building my first computer aimed for editing and gaming and need to figure out what im going to do for cooling and new one of you could help. Ok here are the specs. Soyo K7ADA MB, 1.33ghz athlon 266FSB w/ stock heatsink, Geforce 3, 40GB IBM 7200 harddrive, 256 DDR RAM, dvd rom, x gamer sound card, 300W power, thats about it. The case is a midtower ATX (aka Alienware one) it had a 80mm front fan and 60mm back fan (both grills have been cut out for max air flow) Im not going to be overclocking my system..yet so what would you recommend for a cooling solution? cut more holes? add more fans? hope someone ca help me out thanks!
..........I have a similar setup with my Falcon Mach V...I have an 80mm Sanyo Denki 36.5 cfm in the front lower drawing air in and a 23.5 60mm sunon in the back below the power supply blowing out. My power supply also blows out. First thing to do is to switch your fan around in the power supply to exhaust air(if it already isn't). If it blows in, it is just blowing hot air in your case. I also have a card cooler which consists of 2-80mm sunon fans that attach to the top of the agp/pci slots and circulate 70 cfm of air in your case. Simple to install too. I have large perforated holes in the back of my case in this area and it sucks a bunch of cool air through here. I also installed a JustCooler bay cooler in a vacant 5 1/4" slot on the front that exhausts air out. (about 20 bucks). Last but not least, tidy up any cables hanging in the way of your airflow (rounded cables help), and invest in a decent heatsink using Artic Silver thermal paste. The OEM heatsinks are fine for playing around on your comp. but the heat buildup from some of these games drives the case temp up in a hurry.