Question Keeping things cool inside a shelf unit

Sep 10, 2020
I have a Thermaltake Core V1 case which fits nicely inside a good old Ikea Kallax shelf. It has a decent amount of room around it and obviously the shelf has an open back. (I plan to have the shelf a little way off the wall to access ports etc) The case has the front fan but no others (being a small case) and only has one solid panel (top).

I have a sort of mid range spec (32gb, Ryzen 7 3700X Eight Core, 8GB AMD Radeon RX 580 etc) and for the most part am doing light weight things, but will be starting to look at motion graphics , video editing stuff soon. But basically large portions of time it's not breaking a sweat.

I'm hoping that putting it on the shelf shouldn't suffocate the poor thing - but wanted to ask if there was anything extra I could do as an extra safeguard/to bring temps down more?


Edi this because you don't have that case how I'd have it
You can swap the side and top panels over , put the glass panel to the side and the vented panel on top.

Just make sure theres at least an inch or 2 above the case to allow the perforated top to vent.

You shouldn't have any issue really.
Personally I'd drop 2 x 80mm fans in the back as exhausts running low rpm to help airflow along.

At 400rpm or so you won't really hear them.
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