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  1. I have the same case. I added an 80mm intake fan that I installed between the case and the funnel to direct lots of outside air to the cpu heatsink/fan assembly. I left the mesh below the funnel as is. I installed a 120mm intake fan at the front inbetween the hard drive and floppy drive bays, and I installed a 120mm exhaust fan at the rear just below where the power supply sits. My motherboard temperatures are around 27C idle and up to 30C when the machine is working. (cpu idle temp is around 33C and can go up to 54C, but is usually around 45C on the applications that I run.)
  2. You said: Instead of what? That is what I asked: should I install a fan (to bring outside air in to the case), and keep the funnel so that the air gets directed to the cpu?
  3. My Centurion 5 case has a funnel attached to the side of the case, which is in-line with the cpu/fan/heatsink. Should I leave it like this, or install a fan between the case and the funnel?
  4. How many intake fans can be installed before the hdds? My Centurion 5 has one 80mm at the intake (as purchased). Is there room for another fan in that area? If there is, I would really like to install one there.
  5. Does anyone have any experience with the type of hard disk drive coolers that you screw onto the HDD? [mod edit: competitor's name/product removed--please see the forum rules for more info] Are these things effective, or just a waste of money?
  6. I have the Centurion 5 CAC-T05 US and was considering installing an 80 mm fan inbetween the side of the case and the funnel, or at the grid opening next to the funnel, or both. What would you suggest?
  7. When installing an intake fan, can filters be bought and installed, or do most people just install the fan and resort to frequent cleaning the insides of the case?
  8. I agree with this approach: I think that I will add an intake fan on the side. By the way, do people generally leave the funnel that comes attached to the side panel alone, or do they install a fan between the panel and the funnel? (I do have the option of installing an intake fan at the funnel, or beside it where the openings are in the panel.)
  9. When extra fans are installed, is it necessary to ensure a balance between air flowing in and air flowing out, or at least to have the outflow a bit greater than inflow? Do you add up all the intake flows and compare it to the outflow to see if it is alright? Or do you just install fans without considering what the flows are?
  10. I would rather not cut any holes in the case, but use the grid holes that are already there. What about my questions regarding direction of airflow: I have my own guesses for answers, but I don't want to be guided by guesses. Thanks.
  11. I am going to mount two additional fans, one on the side and one on the front. I have three related questions that need to be answered before I mount these fans: 1. The front will be intake. Should the side be exhaust? 2. Also, does the CPU fan blow air onto the CPU cooling fins, or does it draw warm air away? 3. And finally, what about the graphics card: does the fan blow air on to the gpu or draw it away?
  12. I have the Centurion 5 CAC-T05 US case. Where can I mount an additional fan? The side panel has two perforated sections. The upper one has the CPU funnel attached to it. The lower one is free. Is that an acceptable location for another fan? If so, what size? Also, can an additional fan be installed on the front of the case?
  13. With the help of the forum, I was able to figure out how to secure my drives using screws as well as the tool-free locking device (which, on its own - in my opinion - does not secure the drive as well as it should). Go to the thread on Installing Floppy Drive.
  14. Success! Thanks to the suggestions on securing my floppy drive using screws, in addition to the tool-free locking device. The manual only talks about how to insert HDD/FDD/ODD into the case, and then using the tool-free locking device. I had to remove the other side of the case that is not normally used to provide access for installing the mobo and other components. Having done that, the "cage" that holds all the drives was right in front of me. Lo and behold. there were holes in the cage that lined up perfectly with the threaded holes in my floppy. I attached two screws, and then with the tool-free locking device, it is solid as a rock. I took the opportunity to install screws in all my other drives as well. Not having done this before, and relying only on the manual, it was not apparent to me how these drives could be securely mounted. Thanks again to those who responded to my question.
  15. It seems from various threads and posts, that a number of people are finding these "iron doughnouts" in their bag of parts, and wondering what it is for and how to use it. I have seen posts saying it is not needed and posts saying the wires from the power switches and LEDs should pass through the ring. This supposedly is to reduce EMF. I would like to suggest that Cooler Master either include appropriate instructions in their packages on what the ring is for and how to install it, or to stop including it if is is not needed. Purchasing something that includes a part whose existence is not even acknowledged by the manufacturer is not an example of a good business practice, in my opinion.