I voted #1, as I know I'd never be able to get the same amount of low airflow cooling as I've got in a cramped SFF/HTPC case. It's probably not impossible, but just much more of a challenge when you don't have much space to work with.
Imagine if you will though, an SFF case with no drives (say the drives are on the outside with magical wireless cables connecting them to the board
), but the front was an fan-sized opening in it, with another opening in the back with a fan sucking the whole thing out. Would this computer be warmer or cooler than a larger sized case doing something similar?
I believe it would be cooler. But ONLY in such circumstances.
well, that was my question, thank you.
no, i don't have magical wireless cables, but cables can be organized, so i don't expect them to be a big problem (as you can imagine, i will not have any problems to drill some holes into the case for fixing cables with cable ties; round cables are already in use).
i'm thinking about mounting the harddrive in an "extra" section, so it doesn't take away any of the airflow necessary for cooling graphics & CPU.
as some had questions about the hardware:
- abit nf7-s (zalman northbridge)
- barton 2500+ (HT-101)
- sapphire 9800 pro (VM-101, perhaps i'll turn or bend it one or the other way...)
- Noiseblocker Fortron 350W mod w. 120mm fan
- Seagate Barracuda IV 7200, 80 gig (only hdd in the system, will be decoupled)
as i already wrote, my goal is to reduce the total number of fans in the system to 2 / 3. it's no option to place more than 2 fans into the system (though big and slow-running), because it wouldn't be a real improvement to my present situation
the question is, to repeat it once again, how can the airflow be maximized using only those two case fans?
i was going to place those fans next to each other at the back of the case (for obvious reasons), and the air intakes at the front. the design would remain quite the same, no matter what size i was going to use.
and, yes, it would be cheaper to make a smaller case, but money doesn't really influence the choice because i want this to be the only case i will ever use for this pc (i'm not planning to buy or build a new one after this experiment). of course, that's why it's so important to make the right choices from the start