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    Thanks for the feedback, guys! I am really "experimenting" at this point to see what happens when you add more fans to the radiator. My temps are fine and the noise level with these premium 120mm fans is neglible and I'm satisfied with the overclock I'm running (4.7GHz), but I really want to see for myself what effect the fans have and at what point they become redundant.

    My case has filters on every incoming fan, so the dust is minimal and the case stays on an eye level wire rack in the basement "man cave" so the Golden Retriever fur doesn't get sucked in with the cool air. I keep everything clean because I'm always opening up the case, adding, changing or modifying something and when I do that, I dust everything off, just for good measure. The Corsair 300R, 400R and 650D (mine) cases are what I will use until they are no longer available because they are so well made, effective and inexpensive. I will not use a fan smaller than 120mm and I really prefer 200mm fans as they move the air and are whisper quiet.

    I like to experiment as long as I'm not jeopardizing my main PC and at some point I'll be able to build a proper test system so that I can experiment on that system, but for now, this will have to do.

    BTW, I bought all of the required hardware (bolts, washers, nuts and screws) at the local Home Depot store and they were very inexpensive. 6/32 machine fine thread (3.5mm) is what you need to attach the fans to the radiator and I have been using 1", 1 1/2" and 2" length bolts to accomplish this.

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    Tony, I agree with you about dust 100%. We have a Bosch HEPA vacuum cleaner and we attempt to keep the dog's fur down to a reasonable level, but we also have hardwood floors and oriental rugs (think Big Lebowski) instead of carpet and that helps a little. The biggest thing I recommend for people is to raise their PC "tower" off the floor, at least by a few inches and that seems to help... I use Scotch Pads in front of every fan and then regularly wash them out in the laundry tub to help keep the fans and interior components clean and operating efficiently and cooler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    Tony, I agree with you about dust 100%. We have a Bosch HEPA vacuum cleaner and we attempt to keep the dog's fur down to a reasonable level, but we also have hardwood floors and oriental rugs (think Big Lebowski) instead of carpet and that helps a little. The biggest thing I recommend for people is to raise their PC "tower" off the floor, at least by a few inches and that seems to help... I use Scotch Pads in front of every fan and then regularly wash them out in the laundry tub to help keep the fans and interior components clean and operating efficiently and cooler.
    Thanks for the tip! too bad i can't give you rep yet, i need to spread it out more.
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    I told you guys I've been doing this awhile...


    This screenshot is from early 2001 when I was running my PIII 800Mhz CPU at 1GHz. Note the icons... old school! The case was a huge SuperMicro (on wheels) and I had 17 fans running and a ThermalTake Golden Orb CPU cooler...
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    Very nice Art! That brings back some nice memories. However my brother still uses those old CPU's and computers, today.

    Interesting fan setups and air-flow experiments you conduct there.
    About the latest work: you can try "push push - pull pull" method as well to see if it adds a minor improvement compared to "push push - pull".

    Cheers!
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    Hopachi,

    Thank you! Yes, I'll try the "push-push, pull-pull" fan config as soon as I can. I like playing around like this as long as my system runs well and is reliable, which it certainly is. The PIII that I ran overclocked for several years was replaced by the Q6600 that I ran for almost 6 years, followed by my current system which was built earlier this year. I tend to build "middle-high" end and keep my systems for awhile instead of rushing out to buy the latest and greatest...
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    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    The PIII that I ran overclocked for several years was replaced by the Q6600 that I ran for almost 6 years, followed by my current system which was built earlier this year. I tend to build "middle-high" end and keep my systems for awhile instead of rushing out to buy the latest and greatest...
    That is, in my opinion, a very good usage schedule you got here: make a good system and hang on to it as long as possible. You will waste less money.
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    My old tower that ran overclocked fr several years...


    My old tower that ran overclocked fr several years... from 2000-2003... High tech rounded IDE cables and everything! Note the Thermaltake Golden Orb CPU cooler! Man, was I stylin'!
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    I see you're taking a break in the man cave from your unfortunate loss. I'm sure this is what your MIL would've wanted you to do. Carry on and keep busy with what you enjoy doing.

    Yes! Stylin' with the Thermaltake Golden Orb CPU cooler and the blue VW micro minibus atop the case. Where's the hand-painted flowers and peace sign on that thing?!

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    Good pics Art! The pc looks like a legend, old but gold, my brother likes it already.
    Very big case, you have room for spares inside.

    Hippsie, is that your van? Great paint-job man!
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