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Im curious to what others have done to there machines to keep them cool and maybe made there own solutions to solve a cooling problem.

I start out. I have done some things like ghetto modes and more to keep the thing cool because last year we had a summer in my country that whas hotter than normal and over a way longer periode that also is normal. This year im ready if this happens again.

First off som spec on the cooling it self.
Case fans 120/140 MM are all corsair ML PWM series and the two small 60 MM fans are from noctua.
CPU cooler fans are 3 x noctua nf-f12 ippc-3000 pwm fans 120 MM
On chipsæt its two 40 MM fans from noiseblocker and one 60 MM noctua fans.
Fan controllers: Aqua Computer Aquaero 6 XT takes care of case and CPU cooler fans with PWM signal and via software self made fan curves and for the small fans i use a NZXT SENTRY 3 that controls fan speed via voltage and a temp sensor.




Temp on GPU with max overclock is between 69-72 degrees celsius and CPU temp see image below.
 
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Generally you want front to back (or bottom to top) air flow through the case. So IMO, your bottom rear fans are going the wrong way. I think as they are now, they just create turbulence and don't help with pulling the heated air out. My eyes are too old to read what that says with your front fans and the arrows going both ways tells me nothing. But in keeping with the desired front to back, they should be drawing cool air in.

Do note that fans cannot cool anything cooler than the ambient (room) temps. So the best you can hope for is to exhaust the heat from within the case as quickly as possible.
 
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I run open case fanless,with heavy ass air coolers on my cpu and gpu.best thing ever for temps and silence.ssds only, hdds in a docking station hid inside a cabinet.

as for your setup,I don't think those little fans are doing much.

as a general observation I should point out that from my experience all this threory about creating air passages stands contrary to actual data.I had my top fan inverted as intake (the one above the ram slots,not the one more to the rear of the case) although people say it disrupts the flow of air.It gave me noticeably lower cpu temps.Same as people say that side fans are unnecessary and mess up the direction of air,but from my experience using a side fan blowing on my gpu gave me better temps all year round.
So intake air is always good but don't go without the rear exhaust in a closed case,it's the most crucial one for the cpu and gpu temps,you'll cook your components without it.

but like I said,I don't use case fans these days anyway.
 
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Open case is often fine if the ambient temp is not too high. But an open case does not promote a "flow" of air through the case. So heated air can, in some scenarios, become stagnant and not move out, especially if not allowed to rise naturally. But as long as temps are monitored, and it works for you, then great!.
 
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Open case is often fine if the ambient temp is not too high. But an open case does not promote a "flow" of air through the case. So heated air can, in some scenarios, become stagnant and not move out, especially if not allowed to rise naturally. But as long as temps are monitored, and it works for you, then great!.
it's a full tower case and I ripped the top off and removed most of things that could obstruct the air like covers and gromits (is that what this little rubber thing is called?),there's no problems with heat getting trapped.
 
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"Grommet" is the correct spelling, but yes, those little rubber things that go in holes to either help seal them or to protect the wires that go through them - or both. They are also the name of the metal rings found in tarps and camping tents where you string the tie-down ropes through.
 
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"Grommet" is the correct spelling, but yes, those little rubber things that go in holes to either help seal them or to protect the wires that go through them - or both. They are also the name of the metal rings found in tarps and camping tents where you string the tie-down ropes through.
There is also a Dog called Gromit/Grommit/Grommet
 

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Im curious to what others have done to there machines to keep them cool and maybe made there own solutions to solve a cooling problem.
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Not my business but why post it in General Hardware when we are talking about cooling?
 
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Generally you want front to back (or bottom to top) air flow through the case. So IMO, your bottom rear fans are going the wrong way. I think as they are now, they just create turbulence and don't help with pulling the heated air out. My eyes are too old to read what that says with your front fans and the arrows going both ways tells me nothing. But in keeping with the desired front to back, they should be drawing cool air in.

Do note that fans cannot cool anything cooler than the ambient (room) temps. So the best you can hope for is to exhaust the heat from within the case as quickly as possible.
The small rear fans is mounted there to exhaust hot from the GPU. Yes i am aware that hot air goes up. But before it do that, the hot air is blasted out to the sides from GPU fans and that where the small fans can suck some of the hot air away from the GPU. But else yes, they are not having the best placement for exhaust fan. There there also only to take some of the hot air away before it climes up to top exhaust fans.

I run open case fanless,with heavy ass air coolers on my cpu and gpu.best thing ever for temps and silence.ssds only, hdds in a docking station hid inside a cabinet.

as for your setup,I don't think those little fans are doing much.

as a general observation I should point out that from my experience all this threory about creating air passages stands contrary to actual data.I had my top fan inverted as intake (the one above the ram slots,not the one more to the rear of the case) although people say it disrupts the flow of air.It gave me noticeably lower cpu temps.Same as people say that side fans are unnecessary and mess up the direction of air,but from my experience using a side fan blowing on my gpu gave me better temps all year round.
So intake air is always good but don't go without the rear exhaust in a closed case,it's the most crucial one for the cpu and gpu temps,you'll cook your components without it.

but like I said,I don't use case fans these days anyway.
The small fans as exhaust fans at the GPU, no that limit what they do. I just had them laying around so i used them for something. But the chipsæt fans does a good job. From passiv cooled to max fan speed on chipsæt fans lowered temp by up to 15-20 degrees celsius. At the lowest speed chipsæt temp drops about 5-8 degrees celsius.
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Not my business but why post it in General Hardware when we are talking about cooling?
Interesting with the buttom fans. I might steal that idea for my next pc i am planning on for next year. Depending off cause what case i go with.

Tha fact i posted in generel hardware is a mistake. But i dit not notice it, before you told me:banghead:
 
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Im curious to what others have done to there machines to keep them cool and maybe made there own solutions to solve a cooling problem.
I have taken the liberty of modifying your original picture(hope you don't mind) to illustrate what would be optimal airflow in a case like the one shown.
v57NVXI.jpg

In this configuration, an overall negative static air pressure environment is created inside the case and optimal cooling can be maintained.
EDIT; On the cable management side of things, while it's not on any level out of control like some cases, you could use a few zip ties here and there to tidy things up a bit which would also improve airflow somewhat.
 
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The small rear fans is mounted there to exhaust hot from the GPU.
According to your picture, no they aren't. If they were there to "exhaust" the heat, they would be blowing out, not in.

You need to study lexluthermiester's illustration. That is how you should have to fans set.
 

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I must be confsed... many are saying his fans are wrong or not optimized, but I see front fans blowing in, rear fans blowing out, and top fan blowing out. The only fan i see that is fighting air flow is the tiny Noctua strapped to the top of the motherboard.
 

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Heres an older pic, back when i was running with the X79|3930k. A few changes have been made since but the case is still the same.

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I have a 120mm Corsair ML, pulling in air from the bottom.


Temps are generally pretty good. currently idling at 30-35'c and tops out about 60'c give or take. Maybe 65'c depending on the ambient temp. I think my 1080Ti tops out at 50-55'c and idles between 15-21'c depending on ambient temps.
 
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I have taken the liberty of modifying your original picture(hope you don't mind) to illustrate what would be optimal airflow in a case like the one shown.
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In this configuration, an overall negative static air pressure environment is created and optimal cooling can be maintained.
And that is also how i set up the airflow i have, just as you illustrate here. case fans are just not running at the same RPM. Cause fan RPM is based on temp on CPU or GPU so that gpu and cpu gets the right amount of air flow and i dont get more noice than needed.

Fan curves



According to your picture, no they aren't. If they were there to "exhaust" the heat, they would be blowing out, not in.

You need to study lexluthermiester's illustration. That is how you should have to fans set.
Ah i see. You thought the arrows showed airflow indication. They are not. Arrows I used just to show what fans I whas speaking about and also why the different colours used.
 
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I must be confsed... many are saying his fans are wrong or not optimized, but I see front fans blowing in, rear fans blowing out, and top fan blowing out. The only fan i see that is fighting air flow is the tiny Noctua strapped to the top of the motherboard.
The original picture was a bit complicated and I thought a simplification might help to clarify.
Ah i see. You thought the arrows showed airflow indication. They are not. Arrows I used just to show what fans I was speaking about and also why the different colours used.
To be fair that wasn't clear, thus the re-illustration. Meant no offense of course.
 

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The original picture is one of twelve, you swipe through them on mobile.
 
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I must be confsed... many are saying his fans are wrong or not optimized, but I see front fans blowing in, rear fans blowing out, and top fan blowing out. The only fan i see that is fighting air flow is the tiny Noctua strapped to the top of the motherboard.
I think people getting confused by the arrows. They think thats how the airflow is and that is not the case. But you are right about top fan on motherboard that dosent go with the flow such of speak. That fan blows air to chipsæt cooler and VRM´s as chipsæt/VRM gets pretty toasty on X58 when overclock high.

The original picture was a bit complicated and I thought a simplification might help to clarify.

To be fair that wasn't clear, thus the re-illustration. Meant no offense of course.
Thats totally fine. It has clearly fooled some people about airflow.
 

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I think people getting confused by the arrows. They think thats how the airflow is and that is not the case. But you are right about top fan on motherboard that dosent go with the flow such of speak. That fan blows air to chipsæt cooler and VRM´s.
I agree with the arrow assessment, and I get the point of the small noctua. I was just iterating it was the only fan I could see causing any sort of turbulence.
 
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but I see front fans blowing in, rear fans blowing out, and top fan blowing out
Not according to his original image. Where lex is showing the two lower fans by the graphics card blowing out, the OP's original image showed them blowing in.
The original picture is one of twelve, you swipe through them on mobile.
Yes 12 images, but the image where he drew in the arrows for air flow (the one lex used for his edited image) is not among the 12 now.
 

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#22
Not according to his original image. Where lex is showing the two lower fans by the graphics card blowing out, the OP's original image showed them blowing in.

Yes 12 images, but the image where he drew in the arrows for air flow (the one lex used for his edited image) is not among the 12 now.
OP explained, arrows were just pointing to the fans, not showing airflow. If you look at the 12 images, they are all installed correctly. The OP was never edited so all the information was there, you just had to look.
 
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#23
Yes 12 images, but the image where he drew in the arrows for air flow (the one lex used for his edited image) is not among the 12 now.
Didn't view the Imgur pics. They show additional fans mounted on the front grill pulling air in. Given the clarification by the OP, I'd say that system has optimal airflow. The cable management suggestion might help a bit but otherwise Tomgang's system seems in good shape.
 
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#24
OP explained, arrows were just pointing to the fans, not showing airflow.
Yeah, understand now. As I noted in post number 2, if flow is front to back, bottom to top, then all is good. And it appears that is what is happening.
 
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#25
Here's mine.

3 140 phanteks fans in front pulling in (came with the case and are good), 3 coolermaster 120s with rad in top, and a plain black coolermaster fan in the rear. I dont know what the plain black fan is, but it moves some serious air on its own and is very quiet. All are BIOS controlled with a curve I set up. It gets a little "loud", but you cant hear them over any game, so it's a non-issue and I don't care.

Playing far cry 5 for 45 minutes at max settings 2560x1080, my cpu doesnt break 50c and my GPU is at 48c which is surprising. Case is a phanteks evolv-x with the improved intake/exhaust venting.
Cooling is solid and effective, but she definitely pushes out some warm air, and if I open the door you can definitely feel some warm air. But it works well enough for me.
The top exhaust venting can definitely be improved, but I have no real complaints. I can also turn up the fan speeds if I want. I have some headroom to work with there.

Idle temp is 28c. Processor is ryzen 7 1700 at 3750mhz, ram at 3200, gpu boosts to 2010 on its own for reasons unknown. I've never messed with clocks on it.

One thing I want to play with is the fan headers that come on my video card to see if that makes any difference, but I'm really in no hurry.

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