Cases with separated area for power supply?

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armornone
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Cases with separated area for power supply?

Post by armornone » Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:07 pm

Hello.

I was wondering if anyone knows which cases have separate area for the power supply so it won't pull in heat from other areas of the case?

I think the Antec P183 does this but I was just wondering if maybe there was something less expensive.

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Post by KayDat » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:33 am

You can roll a DIY with some cardboard. That's what people here have been/are doing, since before the P18X had it built in. =]

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Post by Modo » Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:14 am

There's also Silverstone with their Raven and Fortress (FT02, not FT01). Instead of separating components by panels, these create divergent airflow paths. The Raven might be cheaper than a P18x.
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Post by mkk » Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:17 am

As long as the case allows the PSU to take in air from the outside of the case there is no use for a separate compartment. A lot of recently designed cases does this today, usually by using a bottom vent.

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Post by quest_for_silence » Thu Sep 30, 2010 4:46 am

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Post by armornone » Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:58 pm

KayDat wrote:You can roll a DIY with some cardboard. That's what people here have been/are doing, since before the P18X had it built in. =]
You mean just cutting a piece of cardboard and using tape or something to separate the CPU and the power supply so the power supply is not pulling in hot air from the CPU?

Can you do that with a power supply like this or is this suppose to have a separate top air vent? Please look at the picture in the link below.

http://www.ocztechnology.com/images/thu ... wLABEL.jpg



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Post by mdrumt » Thu Sep 30, 2010 4:01 pm

Hi

Yeah, most good cases today that have bottom mounted PSU are designed to draw in fresh air from outside. I dont know why Antec bother with the separate chamber, largely pointless and makes cable management harder.

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Post by danimal » Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:55 pm

bottom vents can help muffle the fan noise, but they suck when it comes to checking the dust filters in front of the fans... you have to lift the case up off of the floor.

i'll take the antec seperate compartment, with the easily accessed dust filter in front, thank you.

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Post by Fëanor » Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:04 pm

I'd solve this by using a fanless power supply. As long as there is some amount of airflow on it, it'll be fine. And without fans it won't pull in hot air :)

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Post by 12andy » Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:47 am

danimal wrote:bottom vents can help muffle the fan noise, but they suck when it comes to checking the dust filters in front of the fans... you have to lift the case up off of the floor.

i'll take the antec seperate compartment, with the easily accessed dust filter in front, thank you.
Not entirely.

In the case of (heeh) the R3, the filter can be slid out from behind. 8)

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Post by danimal » Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:31 pm

12andy wrote: In the case of (heeh) the R3, the filter can be slid out from behind. 8)
certainly an improvement, but what if the case is under a desk, or against a wall?

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Post by speedkar9 » Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:44 am

armornone wrote:You mean just cutting a piece of cardboard and using tape or something to separate the CPU and the power supply so the power supply is not pulling in hot air from the CPU?
Yes, I did it in my SOLO.
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mdrumt wrote:Yeah, most good cases today that have bottom mounted PSU are designed to draw in fresh air from outside. I dont know why Antec bother with the separate chamber, largely pointless and makes cable management harder.
I also cut a hole in my 300's floor and flipped the PSU so its sucking air inward. I don't see why Antec couldn't do that in the first place.
[url=http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=60019]Antec 302-S Project[/url]
[url=http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=516201#516201]Solo PC with flipped PSU & Mobo[/url]
[url=http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=59157]Basement PC flipped and converted[/url]

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Post by 12andy » Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:52 am

danimal wrote:
12andy wrote: In the case of (heeh) the R3, the filter can be slid out from behind. 8)
certainly an improvement, but what if the case is under a desk, or against a wall?
Then your point reigns supreme. :wink:

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