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My New Case is a Piece of CRAP!

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Jan 26, 2001
Ok, got a new case for my A7V133A and 950 T-bird with the hopes of trying to push it as much as possible (of course). I get it home and install the mobo, install the drives, blah blah blah, anyways, there is nowhere to mount fans on the back of the case.

The case is a full tower with 300 W power supply, and has a divider between where you mount the drives and where you mount the mobo. in the middle of the divider is a hole about 2 inches by 3 inches. (to run wiring?).

As you can tell I'm very new to this, in fact this is my very first attempt at "not buying a new Compaq". Everything runs good, but when I overclock, temps go up and I'm afraid that I won't be able to get hot air out.

There is room above power supply for 2 60's, so I could put an 80 or maybe a 120. There is also plenty of room on the TOP of the case to put a 120.
The front has mounts for 2 60's and I am considering a 120. (plenty of room here)

But if I have a 120 in front blowing in, a 120 on top blowing out, a 60 on the side blowing in at the proc and the vid. card, will that provide enough circulation through the wiring channel???

Above the mounting brackets for the top slot (AGP) there is a space next to the audio on the mobo that is 3 inches by 6 inches, however, this is notched in the middle running verticleto it gives me 2 1.5 inch by 6 inch places to put fans without MAJOR modification to the back of the case (seperate pieces rivited together).

Wow, gotta be the longest question ever. Let me know what you think, its still not too late to buy something else since I havent cut any holes yet.

Thanks a lot, any advice is sincerely appreciated.
950 T-bird @1080
Asus A7V133A
First make sure you have a fan at the back of the case under the PSU sucking the heat out. If you channel all the air out the top of the case with a 120mm fan, there will be a dead spot where your CPU is. Also make sure your PSU has two fans, one sucking the heat up from the CPU and one blowing it out. With one 120 blowing in, this may be all you need. Take it one step at a time and learn about the airflow in your case. Part of the fun in overclocking is the learning experience.

As far as the opening between the top and bottom of the case, unless you have a bunch of hot drives up there, it probably won’t be a problem. Remember you want to get the heat generated by your CPU and video cards out of the case before it gets a chance to rise above the PSU. If you find you need the airflow, round your cables and if necessary, break out the Dremel.
Without actually seeing your case, I would recommend at least the 120mm in the front, and at least an 80mm or 92mm at the top rear. Remember, you are getting exhaust from your CPU fan. Try things a little at a time, and you will be able to judge your results for each mod. Unless you really need to, save cutting a blowhole on top as a last resort. By the way, the slot in the middle is for cables, etc. but if you can round your cables and keep them out of the way as much as possible, you will find a noticable increase in airflow, which helps your cooling.