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 Post subject: CPU Intake Port/Blow Hole
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:03 pm 
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Forgive me if this is a stupid question (it's my first post), but is there any cooling advantage to creating a 120mm intake opening (port) on the side of my Dell studio xps 9100? The port would open directly to the factory intake for the cpu cooling fan. It seems to me that this would allow unrestricted air flow to the cpu fan. I realize that there may be issues with more dust getting to the cpu; but since there are no easy liquid cooling options, I was trying to think of a way to get more/cooler air to the cpu.

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I thought about creating a blow hole on top, but the plastic on the case top makes that a difficult proposition. I'm willing to give up fan noise for better cooling.
Any thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: CPU Intake Port/Blow Hole
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:56 am 
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Yes, it will help a lot. If you make the hole a square and make it go down to the GPU, you will have much better cooling. Or, you could do what I do: install a cooler much too big for my case and run with the side off.


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 Post subject: Re: CPU Intake Port/Blow Hole
PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:09 pm 
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Leave it to Dell to have an intake pipe to the CPU fan and no intake hole on the side of the case where the pipe needs it.. They're so horrible.


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 Post subject: Re: CPU Intake Port/Blow Hole
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:17 am 
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Tell me about it. I have to put an ICEPACK under my laptop on any day over 75 degrees Fahrenheit.


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 Post subject: Re: CPU Intake Port/Blow Hole
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:16 pm 
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isnotvexed wrote:
I realize that there may be issues with more dust getting to the cpu; but since there are no easy liquid cooling options, I was trying to think of a way to get more/cooler air to the cpu.
Any thoughts?


I'm sure you can put a self-contained liquid cooling unit in there if you really wanted to. I'm thinking you may have enough clearance on the back exhaust fan.


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 Post subject: Re: CPU Intake Port/Blow Hole
PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:34 am 
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Or, (I don't know why we didn't think of this earlier) you might be able to remove the circular tube thing and just put in a Corsair style cooling loop. I'd still mod the case, though. Side vents have been scientifically shown to boost cooling.


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