I built a gaming PC last May and one thing I insisted on including was some noise matting and an extra cooling pack. I currently have an ASETEK 550LC 120MM Water Cooling System for my CPU (which BTW I want to thank everyone here for recommending it, it got some of the highest ratings I have ever seen and the 100% PC front to back warranty against leakage is great).
Other that that I have 6 Enermax T.B.SILENCE 120mm LED Twister Cooling Fans, 2 intakes in front, 2 push/pull on my radiator, one top exhaust and one side intake basically blowing on the video cards. I also have an Asus assembly fan, very small, blowing out off the chipset.
So last year we had a moderate summer and I only needed to turn on the AC twice. So far this year it's been ok but today it's kind of hot and I have no AC this year. My bios has been raising my fan speed periodically where it never has before. Temps are not too bad with the exception of my SLI setup. I'll get to that in a minute.
I swore when I built this system I would never have to open the case and blow a floor fan into it again but it's looking like I may need to do this if I can't find some kind of alternative.
My SLI setup is getting very hot, especially the top card, which makes sense. If I run EVGA Precision and up the fan curve I can keep them in a moderate zone but the fans run fast and loud.
I really feel like this is my ambient temp.
All said and done I don't think I can add any more fans or remove the sound proofing and I don't think they will make any difference. I know I've seen many pictures of builds better than mine where people use external fans so can anyone think of any alternatives before using one?
I have not included my specs because of the length of this post so if you want them I will be glad to post.