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LydianKnight
11-12-10, 07:48 AM
I know this may not be the kind of forum for this question, as this usually falls in the modding field, but well... I've tried to direct this question to some specialized forums and I haven't got an answer (not yet, that's it), so I would like to share my thoughts with you.

I have an ATX case (it's not mine, but from a client, although it doesn't matter, the idea appeals to me so I'll probably try to apply it to my case, too), with 4 5.25" bays, from which two of them are actually occupied by an optical drive (a CD writer) and a ZIP drive in a 3.5" to 5.25" adapter enclosure, although that doesn't matter.

The point is... my client says the case gets too hot on touch (which I tested and while it's an obvious exaggeration from his part, it's true the case gets somewhat hotter than a case should usually be), so I was thinking on this:

http://oi56.tinypic.com/2ec0ml2.jpg

I've already seen some models like an Evercool bay fan for hard drives with a 80mm fan, which could also work, but I think 2 60mm fans will put more air than a single 80mm fan, but the question is that...

Does that structure exists actually as a product?

I know Scythe also has a product called the Kama Bay and Kama Bay Plus which (essentially) are 3-5.25" bay fan with a 120mm one, but as it's a 4-bay scheme and 2 of them are occupied, it's a no-no (personally, I would find no use at all for a ZIP drive, let alone an old CD writer, but well... it's not my case, so I can't really promote any changes in that sense).

Thanks in advance,
Julio

ViN86
11-12-10, 08:01 AM
I don't know if such a thing exists, but I think it makes more sense to get a new, larger case with better ventilation rather than mod the existing one. It's a pain-in-the-ass to fix poor airflow. My old case had bad airflow and I kept adding solutions to it until it looked like a redneck computer, then I broke down and bought a new one and it's much better. :lol:

LydianKnight
11-12-10, 08:25 AM
Well... in this particular case, it's true the cabling inside has a very bad arrangement (more like goes-here-put-here) so I'll be doing cable management with ties and re-routing, but I think that could improve the airflow a bit, although I think the cable management could do the trick per se, but I like to be sure I'm deploying a well-built solution when a client comes to me :P

mullet
11-12-10, 08:50 AM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856999209

http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/acc/008/sckb1000_detail.html

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10060/cpa-294/Evercool_ARMOR_Dual_525_Drive_Bay_to_Triple_35_HDD _Cooling_Box_HD-AR-B.html?tl=g34c147#blank

ViN86
11-12-10, 09:14 AM
Nice find mullet :thumbsup:

LydianKnight
11-12-10, 09:24 AM
Thanks, although the Kama Bay isn't an option (I can't tell the client to remove any of his current drives, he kind-of 'remarked' that) as it's a 3-bay solution, hence my diagram.

The ideal would be 2x60, 1x80 is still valid, and those two units are quite good, although I live in Spain, so newegg is a no-no for me (they don't ship internationally).

I'll try locating an aluminum/metalworks place and if I can get the thing done for under the price an Evercool unit is (around 18-19 euros here) I'll go with a custom 2x60mm approach. If not, Evercool will be :P

Thanks!

ragejg
11-12-10, 09:49 AM
Thanks, although the Kama Bay isn't an option (I can't tell the client to remove any of his current drives, he kind-of 'remarked' that) as it's a 3-bay solution, hence my diagram.

The ideal would be 2x60, 1x80 is still valid, and those two units are quite good, although I live in Spain, so newegg is a no-no for me (they don't ship internationally).

I'll try locating an aluminum/metalworks place and if I can get the thing done for under the price an Evercool unit is (around 18-19 euros here) I'll go with a custom 2x60mm approach. If not, Evercool will be :P

Thanks!

Usually I'm all for slightly unusual solutions, but seriously, you should just tell this guy that you'll have to spend ~ $100 USD in time and labor to work something out just for him, and recommend to him to just get an Antec 300 or another cheaper case with good airflow.

logan
11-12-10, 11:05 AM
When I installed a second 5-in-3 HDD enclosure in my Centurion 590 I was left with only 2*5.25" bays and I needed something just like that to pull air in the front (I also wanted 2*60mm). All I could come up with was to zip tie the fans together and then to the case, so they're kindof suspended about an inch from the front. The only reason I could do this and still have the case look normal is because the Centurion 590 panels are vent-like and even have filters installed. If that didn't work I would have just gone with one of the 2*5.25" HDD cooling bay things and tried to find a higher RPM/CFM fan.

LydianKnight
11-12-10, 01:31 PM
Found it... more or less:

Lian Li EX-23NB (http://www.xoxide.com/lianli-ex23nb-hddmodule-black.html)

It's not 2x60mm like I want, but 1x80mm instead. However, due to the price being kinda inexpensive, I can always add a different 80mm fan that the one coming with the unit, unscrew the HDD cage and even (just thinking and planning) modify the front part so I can put out the anti-dust filter and mount the fan in reverse so it's closer to the front panel instead of being in the opposite side.

A bit of pincers magic and the Logotype goes to hell, too (I'm an absolutely minimalistic person myself, sorry xD) and... Voilá!

Not like I wanted but.. very similar and the grid panel is soooo damn sexy... Hell, yeah!

XDanger
11-12-10, 02:30 PM
I was looking for a 2x60mm fan filter whatnot a while back and gave up, "They" should make them, I'd buy one now.

mullet
11-12-10, 03:10 PM
Found it... more or less:

Lian Li EX-23NB (http://www.xoxide.com/lianli-ex23nb-hddmodule-black.html)

It's not 2x60mm like I want, but 1x80mm instead. However, due to the price being kinda inexpensive, I can always add a different 80mm fan that the one coming with the unit, unscrew the HDD cage and even (just thinking and planning) modify the front part so I can put out the anti-dust filter and mount the fan in reverse so it's closer to the front panel instead of being in the opposite side.

A bit of pincers magic and the Logotype goes to hell, too (I'm an absolutely minimalistic person myself, sorry xD) and... Voilá!

Not like I wanted but.. very similar and the grid panel is soooo damn sexy... Hell, yeah!

That's what I was looking for I just couldn't find it. I have that one but it's a 3 bay with a 120mm fan and it moves a ton of air.

http://a.imageshack.us/img353/5986/mypcbymulletql4.jpg