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Posted 27 June 2017 - 10:19 AM
Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:01 AM
I can't see it causing any problems for you but a more elegant solution - assumng you are unwilling or unable to drill mounting screw holes in this panel - would be to use a strong adhesive, perhaps one of the types of two part resin glues. I am thinking here of something like Araldite, but brand names often don't translate from one country to another.
Before mounting the fan(s) permanently you should check that they are not going to foul anything else such as video cards and any other expansion cards fitted. The other thing to check for is to make sure that any fans you fit are blowing in the correct direction to match with the rest of the airflow through your case.
Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:27 AM
its your computer, you can do anything you want,
if it was me, i would drill my own holes to mount a fan, doesn't take a lot of time or effort to drill a computer case, its normally very thin
Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:28 AM
Should work fine.
I've done much the same with the side panel of a Compaq Presario SR1619UK tower PC from the early 2000s. It has a couple of small grilles, and one larger one which is big enough to mount an 80mm case fan to.....except in my case, the grille consists of a honeycomb of tiny holes which are just the right size for case screws (and, with one exception, in just the right places, too).
I used a needle file to 'enlarge' one hole to enable the screw to line up properly, and used a small, 'penny'-type washer to avoid the screwhead pulling through. 'Twas then connected to the same mobo socket supplying power to the rear fan, via a two-way connector. Works perfectly.
As Chris says, do ensure the fan is turning in the right direction, and working with the general airflow (rather than against it), and that it won't foul anything inside, before finally fixing it into place permanently.
This kind of minor modification won't yield any massive drops in temps, but it will help to ensure they remain steady for longer. Ambient room temperatures play a big part in overall levels, don't forget.
Edited by Mike_Walsh, 27 June 2017 - 11:34 AM.
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Posted 27 June 2017 - 04:05 PM
A slightly ugly but effective solution is to use cable ties (zip ties I think in the US). Works a treat.
Posted 28 June 2017 - 10:02 AM
If it's an exhaust fan it'll probably be okay but if you use it to push air into the case, mount a filter too, save from dusty cleanups later.
Posted 28 June 2017 - 07:18 PM
@mjd420Nova: I'll second that; my main case fan screen must be cleaned 1X every 2 weeks, or it gets thick with dust. And...my computer is on the desk, not on the floor.
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