ventilation for tower


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I purchased a new tower that will be here next week. it is an Alienware Aurora R10 with liquid cooling. I can add the specs, but here is a link.

I am making a new computer desk. the tower will sit on a low slide drawer in a cabinet. my question is should I put a hole (s) in the side of the cabinet and mount a fan to cool the chamber, or will the internal cooling be enough? Has anyone done something like this? I have a fan that can change directions, so one brings fresh air in, and one exhausts. You just turn the fan around. does this seem necessary?



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As per John even with CLC type of cooling you need a place to dump the resultant heat load in the air, being hot boxed into an enclosed shelf is not desirable.