Flying Fox wrote:
If your config is a high powered system there may be nothing else you can do if you try to put a space heater in that space. The fact that you care about the airflow suggest your system is not exactly cool running (if you have the something like mid-high range video card you already qualify in that club). Letting the hot air out the side and trapped there may not be such a good idea. How about generating higher air flow from front to back and then use some sort of ducting forcing the air to go out of the hole. You may just need to tape over the side hole(s) and make sure your front and back fans do a good push-pull job?
Or you may just need to use that space for something else. What is your system config and what is the dimension of the compartment? And how high and large is that "hole" in the compartment?
I'm out of town for turkey day, so I can't give dimensions right now, but say the compartment has WxH of 9" x 18" and the length is >6" longer than the case. There are three relevant holes of 3-4" diameter -- one in the top, one in the top back, and one in the top side. They're meant for cables, but I don't have cables in the top back one.
The computer has a Radeon 4850 and a 95W Phenom II X4 945. I already have the side vents blocked off for cleanliness purposes (and fans in front/back for a push/pull configuration). The computer doesn't run hot, and I'm not in to overclocking, so I could care less if the temperature goes up a couple degrees. I just don't want it to go up more than that and risk stability issues or long term damage to components.
Ducting may be a little tricky, but the suggestion made be realize that I could put fan(s) in one (or more) of the holes to increase airflow out of the compartment.
Another case I've come across:LIAN LI PC-A06FB
7.36" x 14.76" = 108.6336 in^2