This is an overview of the airflow in my case.
Anyway, I'm concerned that the air is getting trapped in the bottom left side of the case, under the GPU. First of all, there's no vent for it, so the air gets trapped in an endless cycle. Also, heat rises, so it doesn't really go down, just blasts against the side of my case.
There's a couple of things I've been thinking of:
- Adding a vent to the back (with an expansion slot plate) so the air can get pushed out. Although this would help, the air would be still be pretty restricted. A shroud may help in this instance, but I don't really have the skills to make a nice looking one.
- Adding a fan like this (picture below).
This would definitely remove air from the area. There are two (potential) problems with this:
- Only removing cool air (heat rises)
- "Fighting" with the other fan, making both fans useless. This might not be a big problem, but it might cause issues.
As my GPU is, it gets fairly hot during idle. It's only 39 degrees C, but that's a lot more than my CPU's temp. It's a low profile fan, not a dual slot one. It may actually be fine, since some air might bet moved up the sides. However, it's still nowhere near ideal. As a last resort, I could add a fan attached to the side panel, but I don't want to have air blowing at me feet all the time. Also, it'd be a pain to take of the cover.
How can I cool my GPU down? If using the fan method, should I put it as low as I can or leave only a slot or two between it and my video card?