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Question High air-flow design for cheap (under $50) from DIYPC @ Newegg

VirtualLarry

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DIYPC DIY-A9-W White USB3.0 Steel /Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, 1 x 120mm White Fan x Rear (Pre-Installed)



Just saw this chassis. Seems like a no-brainer, if you are a fan of high air-flow.

Front is almost total mesh. Top has filtered magnetic dust filter mesh top.
 

BonzaiDuck

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DIYPC DIY-A9-W White USB3.0 Steel /Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, 1 x 120mm White Fan x Rear (Pre-Installed)



Just saw this chassis. Seems like a no-brainer, if you are a fan of high air-flow.

Front is almost total mesh. Top has filtered magnetic dust filter mesh top.
Nice -- in some simple respects. The front panel fan-holes -- would they be 180mm or 200mm?

I have some CM HAF 922s. I have sort of lost my enthusiasm for 200mm fans, which initially attracted me for higher CFM with lower RPMs and dBs.

The glass side-panel feature is common to a lot of the newest cases, but eliminates ventilation and fan-mount options I might want. Also, this case-design seems to follow storage-device trends, so there isn't much in the way of drive bays.

My basic premise here is that high-airflow is great, but lesser through-case airflow can be fine if the internal airflow is directed through narrower apertures at targeted hot components.

Some of the customer-reviews seemed directed at aspects I mentioned. Supposedly the motherboard standoffs were unsatisfactory. The motherboard pan has some possibilities, for venting the bottom CPU area of the mobo, but there are no vents in the right side-panel.

I guess the drawback of 200mm fans is their low static pressure. You can have a perfectly quiet system with equal or higher airflow using 140mm fans, or so I imagine.
 
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aigomorla

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it looks like a pretty solid case for 41 dollars...
something i think id definitely use for a budget build.
 
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aigomorla

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I can see that, too. I just don't like doing sheet-metal work anymore.
im lost in what sheet metal work you would need done on this case.
Its basically a open version of a NZXT H440 from what i can tell internally, except your getting it really gutted without filters.

I don't know if that top filter is even removable, but it seems to have no front filter.
 

BonzaiDuck

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im lost in what sheet metal work you would need done on this case.
Its basically a open version of a NZXT H440 from what i can tell internally, except your getting it really gutted without filters.

I don't know if that top filter is even removable, but it seems to have no front filter.
Mainstreamers wouldn't think of it. Now that I look again, I could see modding the right side panel. The motherboard pan is vented under the CPU/VRM area.

I'm usually not daunted by the filter problem, and I make my own. You can get the screen material at Performance PC's or Cooler Guys, build frames for them out of laminated foam-board, and use magnetic tape on the foam-frame and case-metal for easy mounting and removal. The only problem I've had with magnetic tape is its adhesive, so you might use a couple dabs of Automotive Pit-Stop adhesive or Locktite equivalent.
 

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