i have the MCS case with a D201GLY2 mobo in it, which has a passive heatsink. i've been having heat issues lately since the weather has been getting warmer, so here's what i did...
i used a 3" hole saw to cut a hole directly above the CPU heatsink and placed a fan there to draw warm air out. the fan on the side that draws air in. hopefully this solves the problem. considering there was almost no ventilation before, i anticipate that this will help a lot.
Did you have any problems drilling through the case? The largest hole saw I could find was an adjustable one (doesnt have a continuous circular cutting head) so I was worried about damaging the hole saw or perhaps not making a clean cut because of the aluminum heatsink-ish extrusions on the case.
this is the hole saw i used.
Originally Posted by nobb
i picked it up a while ago when i was modding my desktop pc case. it's the perfect size for a 80mm fan. anyway, it wasn't too bad cutting through the fins of the case. the nice thing about that hole saw is that it has a center drill bit to keep your hole centered. so what i did was alternate between cutting from the outside and from the inside. it was much easier cutting from the inside. just use some lubricant when cutting. that'll keep the heat down and make the cutting a little easier. i used some stuff called Tri-Flow. it's similar to wd-40, but better. i picked it up at a bike store, but i use it on wheel bearings for my skateboard and roller blades. in the first pic i posted, you can kinda see some white crud in the crevices between the fins. that's all from the lubricant/metal that resulted from cutting. i cleaned most of it up, but just didn't bother to get every last bit.
all in all, it took me about 10 minutes to cut the hole. the saw will definitely snag once in while, but just take it slow and try not to put a while lot of downward pressure on the drill.
I just pulled my pc out of the case entirely and mounted in the spare tire well with a 120mm fan blowing n the cpu before i had overheating problems up the *** even with nothing around the case and it alone in the trunk
That's pretty much EXACTLY how mine looked after adding the fan (without the light efffects). I used a drimmel for the hole. Don't do that. I had to get a new drimmel. And put a screen over the hole so crap doesn't get in there.