Case Open! Case Closed!

Primus462

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Not sure where to post this, but here it goes:

I was wondering if anyone else runs there PC with one of the panels off of the case? I know it isn't a good idea, but my room is upstairs and sometimes it gets pretty warm. Opening the case cools the core temp off by about 10C normally. So, I have a bad habit of running it without the side panel on. I just have to clean it out often

Has anyone else formed this bad habit?
 

lambofgode3x

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i do it with both of my servers and my gaming computer(s), and it dropped my temps. but then again, i have virtually no dust in my apartment. i just like to admire the inside the computers when i walk by.
 

lambofgode3x

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i dont exactly have the need anymore since both of my gaming rigs are water cooled and my servers use very little power, but i just like they way they look with the side off.
 

Primus462

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I have a Coolermaster Wave Master, and it doesn't have a side fan. I thought about upgrading. I have a cat and the cat hair and dust get built up in the fans.
 

samthegray

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I always leave my case open it will drop the cpu temp But also will rise the system temp about 5c.
my room is very hot so I always put a side fan near the case
that helped me alot. my temps are droped 8c CPU and system
 

theblackbird

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The question is: is it really necessary to have a cooler computer?

If my cores run at 40 °C or 50 °C I don't really care. Same story for my Radeon 4870 running at 80 °C: it does just fine.

Heck I even removed a case fan to make my system whisper silent. Case temp increased with 5 °C, but my components are still way below their max values.
 

tomasf

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i had a pc running for 6 years whit the side opened, it was a PIII 800Mhz slot 1 and I placed a exaust fan on top of it, it reached temps of 24ºc. I never worried about it get burned but had to cleaned a lot.
 
My problem is, I had to add a Box fan to my office. Because my PC makes the room hot. ;) Wife and I usually only use our PCs in the evening, so we're able to open a window and let cool air blow in (through the fan of course).

I probably just need better cooling for my PC so it isn't blowing as air as hot as it does. So really, that 40 to 50C temp difference theblackbird is talking about, probably does have an affect. It will affect your room temp.
 

Asian PingPong

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My friends computer throttles unless he opens the side panel and places a house fan blowing on his mobo. I have been in countless games where I've heard him over vent "hold on, I'm getting 8 fps, let me get the fan". Hell, last time I had a LAN party, he brought the fan also.
 

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Haha, that's funny :) How small is that room?
 

doomturkey

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Lol. Be careful with those open cases, don't want any critters sneaking into your PC =P.
It happened to my dad once a while back, he was having problems with his computer, so he checked it out, and sure enough, some mice had snuck in there. Nested up in that nice cozy case, used wires for it.
 

aziraphale

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IF your cooling gets better with an open side panel then I guess you have some general issue with your cooling solution. It should be the other way around...
 

iluvgillgill

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well i wouldnt have the side off because the airflow inside the case is gone since air can be draw from anyway.so the ram and mobo doesnt get cool as well. but other parts who have fans will certainl benefit from the fresh supply of air.
 
If your PC runs cooler with the side off the case, then you have very poor case ventilation. Running with side off may sound like a cool solution (pun intended). For every reason you have to run with the case open, there are probably 10 better reasons why you should leave the case closed.

Heck, my car might cooler with hood off. That doesn't mean I run around with hood off my car. Although I have seen idiots doing this....lol.
 

grieve

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-You need to make sure your cabling is tidy, front fans and side fan pull air in, back and top fans push out. The main thing is that the cabling isn’t interfering with airflow in/out.

-Consider higher CFM fans..
 

rhd1989

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lol
 

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