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"Surprisingly enough, it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to keep your case cool."





A specific harddrive coolers, is not the only methods of cooling your bay's. A useful option is to use a bay-cooler instead. These wonderful inventions mount in your last open 5 - bay and blow air upward towards your optical drives, zip drives, harddrive, etc. I have found that the Twin fan bay cooler, works wonders. Decked out with two 92mm sleeve-bearing fans, they pump air out at an impressive 80cfm. To top it off, it runs almost silent, only producing 26decibels.

Prices

Surprisingly enough, it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to keep your case cool. Thecardcooler.com has a special cooling deal, which includes all of the necessary cooling equipment mentioned in this guide for only $49.50. If that's a touch out of your price range, you can always get individual cooling products.

I found the following prices on www.2cooltek.com.

  • Super Slot Cooler - $10.00
  • Card Cooler - $24
  • Harddrive Cooler -
  • Vantec Triple Harddrive Cooler - $12
  • GlobalWin CAF12 card cooler- $19
  • 80mm Case Fan - $10 - $15
  • 120mm Case Fan - $15 - $20
  • JustCooler Bay Cooler - $20
  • Ultimate' Harddrive Cooler by Vantec - $23
  • JustCooler 3-1/2 Bay Cooler - $18

Conclusion

Cooling your case is not only beneficial to overclockers, but it can save you from costly hardware replacements and data loss due to heat related crashes. Just because you want a cool case, doesn't mean you need to drill holes left and right. Case cooling can be easy as screwing in a fan or two.

by Ross Johnson

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