I followed-up on MonkeyBoy's
idea, and took the side-panel off and found those holes he mentioned....it was like finding buried treasure! Thanks for the tip, MonkeyBoy
, and also for pointing out that my original idea to remove the expansion bay covers would not allow fresh air to circulate inside the box.
I've taken a good look at what people have posted elsewhere on how to reduce noise/heat in a Quicksilver, and here are some interesting ideas:
1) One person advocated covering
those hidden, vent holes, claiming that warm air would be forced to exclusively exit the rear grill, with the result being improved air flow out of the machine.
2) Another concept was to reverse
the 120mm fan, so that air blows into
the machine. Now, maybe with that idea, it might be advantageous to remove the expansion bay covers, but I'm not sure?
3) Also, I've noticed the CPU fan (the one with the black, rubber boot) has a rectangular hole that seems to blow CPU-exhaust on the power supply. It would be easy enough to tape-over the hole, if the opening is, in fact, returning heat to the interior of the machine?
4) Thanks for the tip on 'slot coolers,' BDAqua
. I found this Thermal Control Exhaust Blower
which claims an airflow rate of 42 CFM, and I'm wondering if it would make a difference?: http://www.cyberguys.com/product-detail ... uctid=2230
If any of these ideas have merit, or if there are other tips-and-tricks for keeping a Quicksilver cool, I would appreciate the guidance!