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Hi everyone,

I'm building a pc this summer and I have tentatively settled on the following specs.

i5 2500k (OC'ing to 4.5-4.7)
Asus P8P67 Pro (might upgrade)
G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1600MHz 8GB Dual Channel
NZXT Phantom Case
Enermax NAXN 82+ 750W
XFX HD 6870

The CPU cooler is gonna be either a Noctua D14 or a C14.

However, if I get a D14, I will not be able to have the 200mm exhaust fan on the side panel of the Phantom case as shown below.



If I get the C14, I will obviously have the 200mm exhaust side fan.

So the question is, is it a better choice to get the D14 and ignore the side panel exhaust or should I get the C14 and keep the side exhaust. How will each choice affect CPU, MOBO temps and pc temps in general?

On a side note, if I get the D14, I was planning on positioning it so that the fans blow toward the top of the case as I will have 2 200mm exhaust fans. This way, the GPU will also be cooled a bit. Is this a good idea?

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 5
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Originally Posted by Luxifer View Post
Hi everyone,

I'm building a pc this summer and I have tentatively settled on the following specs.

i5 2500k (OC'ing to 4.5-4.7)
Asus P8P67 Pro (might upgrade)
G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1600MHz 8GB Dual Channel
NZXT Phantom Case
Enermax NAXN 82+ 750W
XFX HD 6870

The CPU cooler is gonna be either a Noctua D14 or a C14.

However, if I get a D14, I will not be able to have the 200mm exhaust fan on the side panel of the Phantom case as shown below.

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If I get the C14, I will obviously have the 200mm exhaust side fan.

So the question is, is it a better choice to get the D14 and ignore the side panel exhaust or should I get the C14 and keep the side exhaust. How will each choice affect CPU, MOBO temps and pc temps in general?

On a side note, if I get the D14, I was planning on positioning it so that the fans blow toward the top of the case as I will have 2 200mm exhaust fans. This way, the GPU will also be cooled a bit. Is this a good idea?

Thanks in advance.
I say get the D14 and set it up horizontally. Depending on how close your GPU is to the socket. You may not even be able to position it upwards if you plan on using the first couple slots on the mobo.

Set it up as horizontal and take out the rear 200mm and block off the area and make the front 200mm an intake pushing air to the D14. I did something similar in my HAF 932 and saw good results.

Keep the side panel 200mm as intake though to feed air to the GPU.
Edited by blackbalt89 - 5/23/11 at 2:55pm
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post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply.

Unfortunately, I cannot fit a 200mm side exhaust if I get the D14 because its huuuge.

So the D14 is THAT much better than the C14?
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Thanks for the reply.

Unfortunately, I cannot fit a 200mm side exhaust if I get the D14 because its huuuge.

So the D14 is THAT much better than the C14?
Yes it is that much better. Lol. Temps clearly show it and it will handle high heatloads like a champ. Much better than the C14
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60GB Mushkin Callisto Deluxe +1TB WD Caviar Black Windows 7 Home Premium ASUS VW246 Corsair HX-850 
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HAF 932 
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HAF 932 
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post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
So the performance increase from a C14 to a D14 justifies the removal of the side 200mm exhaust fan?

I was hesitant to remove the side 200mm and I thought the 200mm exhaust would go nicely with the vertical nature of the C14.
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