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post #1 of 23
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Hi guys

I've got a CM690 case, and am looking to get the best temperatures with my current system.

Right now, I have 5 fans (3 exhaust, 2 intake).

Here is my current setup:

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As you can see, I have a Silverstone AP121 (1500RPM) on the bottom as intake, along with the stock fan on the front bottom as intake.

I have two stock exhausts (rear and top) along with a Thermaltake A2492 (1400RPM).

Currently, I have my side panel empty.

My current temps are:

Motherboard: Idle 43C | Load: 52C
CPU: Idle 48C | Load: 59C
GPU: Idle 45C | Load: 70C

I am not sure whether these are ideal, but either way I want to lower my temps anyways.

I am getting the Noctua NF-P12 and Evermax Apollish on monday. I am planning on placing the Evermax Apollish on the front top (with zip ties) and the Noctua NF-P12 on the side panel/bottom.

So, to sum up, my questions are:

- Once I get my new fans, should I get rid of one of my stock coolers and have even air pressure (3 exhaust and 3 intake), or should I utilise all 7 of my fans and have either more exhaust or more intake? If yes, should I have more exhaust fans, or more intake fans?

-If you think I should have 6 fans in my case for even air pressure, I will have to make a choice between having a fan on the bottom, or on the side panel. Which do you think is more useful for intake?

-Any other recommendations, observations? How would you have your air flow setup if you had this case and these fans?

Thank you!
Edited by Prisonbreak94 - 6/4/11 at 6:35am
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post #2 of 23
Just add 1 side panel intake fan and call it a day. Do you have cool and quiet disabled? That idle temp for your processor would drop significantly. Why have your CPU running at full tilt when the system is idle?
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If you want better CPU temps, get rid of that cooler. Any modern tower type cooler will kick the crap outta that thing, get the best one that's in your budget.
    
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Do you have cool and quiet disabled? That idle temp for your processor would drop significantly.

Any idea where I can find this feature? I'm guessing BIOS, but I never came across it earlier, is there any chance I don't have this feature?
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If you want better CPU temps, get rid of that cooler. Any modern tower type cooler will kick the crap outta that thing, get the best one that's in your budget.

I'm considering this, I had actually looked at the cooler and tried to figure out how to remove it, but it seems as though it is impossible to get a screwdriver in there as the fan is huge and gets in the way, there must be some other way to release it, any idea?

Thanks
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Cool and quiet would be found in the BIOS in power options. Possibly abbreviated.as c'n'q
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post #6 of 23
Make the front top fan intake and pull the rear top fan out and block the area. That should give you a nice temp drop.
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post #7 of 23
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Cool and quiet would be found in the BIOS in power options. Possibly abbreviated.as c'n'q

I checked my BIOS, but it is not there. Is this normal?
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Make the front top fan intake and pull the rear top fan out and block the area. That should give you a nice temp drop.

So you're saying I should get rid of the exhaust at the back completely? Can you explain the reasoning behind this? And other than that, you're saying have an intake from the bottom (as in the photos I posted), 2 from the front (top and bottom) and one on the side, with 2 exhausts on top, is that right? So 4 intake, and 2 exhaust?
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post #8 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Prisonbreak94;13757873 
I'm considering this, I had actually looked at the cooler and tried to figure out how to remove it, but it seems as though it is impossible to get a screwdriver in there as the fan is huge and gets in the way, there must be some other way to release it, any idea?

You might have to remove the motherboard to access some fasteners on the backside, I'm not sure how that heatsink is secured.
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Originally Posted by Prisonbreak94;13761381 
I checked my BIOS, but it is not there. Is this normal?

C1E, C2E are the same deal. Cool and quiet is the product of marketing.
    
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post #9 of 23
Zip tie a 120MM fan in the drive bays under the DVD drive as an intake.. It'll blow cool air into your CPU heatsink.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by Enrapting;13762811 
Zip tie a 120MM fan in the drive bays under the DVD drive as an intake.. It'll blow cool air into your CPU heatsink.

I am going to this as soon as I get my 2 new fans today. Should I have all 7 fans in my case, and if yes, should I have more intake, or more exhaust with this case? Or should I have 6 fans (getting rid of one of the stock coolers) for a balanced air flow (3 exhaust and 3 intake)?
Edited by Prisonbreak94 - 6/6/11 at 10:06am
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