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Originally Posted by BradleyW;13873458 
Tidy those cables. Awesome build, well done.

I love those Large Aperture shots of the hardware with Macro.

hehe yeah, my wiring is a mess, sleevings are on the way smile.gif Thank you for the kind comments on the pics smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Butter on Toast;13880812 
Considering doing some of this to my HAF X biggrin.gif
Though no temp hits the red zone, but we'll see when summer gets here :S

BTW I love your build biggrin.gif

Thank you smile.gif I love all the experiments I do with the cases, and witnessing first hand advancements or set backs, it gives us experience, haha !
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Originally Posted by ehume;13888997 
Superb! A build even Paul Gauguin would love.

You got the right case. Beautiful with great airflow.

I would suggest making the forward top fan your top intake while blocking off your rear top intake. And if you can bear to cut your beauty, remove the rear grill and you can dispense with a rear exhaust fan.

Since you are moving to another motherboard, might I suggest a Gigabyte or an MSI? Your D14 has fans that can only be controlled with Voltage. The Gigabyte can be set to control cpu fans with Voltage, unlike As.s boards, which are confined to PWM. You should look at MSI mb manuals and see if they all can control cpu fans with Voltage. One user posted that his MSI had that feature. First I'd read that MSI boards can do that.

Another option to try is to use a TY-140 as your central fan in the D14. It is PWM controlled. Then get a similar PWM fan for the push fan. See item 4 in my sig for a link to a thread on adapting fans for the D14 and Noctua clips.

Now I'm subbed to this thread, I too will be waiting for more of your perfect pics.

Thanks for the feedback ehume smile.gif If I understand correctly, I should block the back top fan hole and only use the front one ? ( To channel more air in front of the cpu cooler I guess ? ). And I'm planning to cut the grill in the back exhaust, yes , but I still don't know which fan I'll put there, maybe a TY-140 or a NF-P14 FLX, or perhaps an AP-141 smile.gif

Regarding the NH-D14, it is controlled by the motherboard smile.gif Let me show you :
5838404313_fd747d30e8_b.jpg
Silent setting

5838956226_6a5a877e0a_b.jpg
User defined setting, OC for example

The only problem with this feature is the number of fan you can control this way : one CPU fan ( or two with a Y-splitter ), two case fans and the assistant fan. Right now I have a total of six fans ( well seven if you count the two on the NH-D14 instead of one, as a group ), and soon I'll have another 200mm on top ( on its way already ). This is why I need a fan controller for my setup. Let me summarize :

_NH-D14 fan group on the CPU_FAN plug
_Front 230 mm: CHA_FAN2
_Back 140 mm: CHA_FAN1
_Top 200 mm: PWR_FAN ( don't ask biggrin.gif )
_Door 200 mm: molex plug
_Graphics card shroud 120 mm : molex plug

And I don't know if I'll be able to plug the second top 200 mm using another Y-splitter plug onto the PWR_FAN. All I know is that the CPU_FAN is rated at 12W ( 1 Amp ), more than enough for the 2.28W used by the NF-14/NF-12 group. If you have any info on that, please share smile.gif

Thank you for the support, that's great to share our passion with people smile.gif

Stay tuned !
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If I understand correctly, I should block the back top fan hole and only use the front one ? ( To channel more air in front of the cpu cooler I guess ? ).

Yes. You get a wind tunnel effect. OTOH, with the huge distance from the heatsink to the top, it may be that two intake fans will work better than one. Try both ways and compare temps.
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And I'm planning to cut the grill in the back exhaust, yes , but I still don't know which fan I'll put there, maybe a TY-140 or a NF-P14 FLX, or perhaps an AP-141 smile.gif
I'd recommend no fan: quieter and allows as much air to go as is needed.
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Regarding the NH-D14, it is controlled by the motherboard smile.gif Let me show you :
5838404313_fd747d30e8_b.jpg
Silent setting

5838956226_6a5a877e0a_b.jpg
User defined setting, OC for example
Clearly As.s has cleaned up their act.
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The only problem with this feature is the number of fan you can control this way : one CPU fan ( or two with a Y-splitter ), two case fans and the assistant fan. Right now I have a total of six fans ( well seven if you count the two on the NH-D14 instead of one, as a group ), and soon I'll have another 200mm on top ( on its way already ). This is why I need a fan controller for my setup. Let me summarize :

_NH-D14 fan group on the CPU_FAN plug
_Front 230 mm: CHA_FAN2
_Back 140 mm: CHA_FAN1
_Top 200 mm: PWR_FAN ( don't ask biggrin.gif )
_Door 200 mm: molex plug
_Graphics card shroud 120 mm : molex plug
Ditch the rear fan and you can put a different fan on CHA_FAN1.
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And I don't know if I'll be able to plug the second top 200 mm using another Y-splitter plug onto the PWR_FAN. All I know is that the CPU_FAN is rated at 12W ( 1 Amp ), more than enough for the 2.28W used by the NF-14/NF-12 group. If you have any info on that, please share
You'll have to find out the way I found out about the Gigabyte header capacities: write tech support and ask.
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Again , thank you for the feedback ehume smile.gif

I'll do the tests next week concerning the second top fan ( with/blocked ) and compare the results. About the rear fan, I'll see if my wind tunnel is enough to be able to extract enough air without the fan.

I'll receive some interesting stuff next week, stay tuned for more pictures biggrin.gif
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So today I received my second top fan ( 200mm CM MegaFlow ) and put it on intake to test the new fan configuration:

_230mm front intake
_2x200mm top intake
_200mm side ( door ) intake
_120mm graphics card shroud
_140mm back exhaust

And I got those results:
5859061845_d5a2490f13_o.jpg

As a reminder, here's what I had with only one top fan:
5815902730_7ac1473c0c_o.jpg

That's just nuts .... I swear I had the same ambiant temperature, same idling and load conditions ( idle while browsing the web and load playing The Witcher 2 for 30 minutes ). My graphics card never went above 68°C ( 72-73°C before ) and its fan reach a maximum of 55% ... 38°C cpu temp on LOAD.

I tried to block the top back fan ( unplugged and covered with a plastic bag ), the temperatures were a little hotter than with it and without the top front fan ( about 2-3°C difference ).

On a side note, I used prime95 for an hour and got a top temp of 53°C on the cpu, it was 65°C before .... biggrin.gif
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Bet with that RAM clearance you're glad you didn't get vengeance...
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The sabertooth Mobo looks awesome, overall beauty of a build, I wanna get a 2500k soon! tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Lost Prophet;13961028 
Bet with that RAM clearance you're glad you didn't get vengeance...
I've done my homework before biggrin.gif
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The sabertooth Mobo looks awesome, overall beauty of a build, I wanna get a 2500k soon! tongue.gif
Yes, I chose it first on its look then on its features biggrin.gif
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Really impressed with this build, and it's making me really consider doing a new build

Although I should wait for Ivy Bridge, to gather funds more than anything

I'm going to keep watching smile.gif
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Originally Posted by TC_Fenua;13961001 
So today I received my second top fan ( 200mm CM MegaFlow ) and put it on intake to test the new fan configuration:

_230mm front intake
_2x200mm top intake
_200mm side ( door ) intake
_120mm graphics card shroud
_140mm back exhaust

And I got those results:
5859061845_d5a2490f13_o.jpg

As a reminder, here's what I had with only one top fan:
5815902730_7ac1473c0c_o.jpg

That's just nuts .... I swear I had the same ambiant temperature, same idling and load conditions ( idle while browsing the web and load playing The Witcher 2 for 30 minutes ). My graphics card never went above 68°C ( 72-73°C before ) and its fan reach a maximum of 55% ... 38°C cpu temp on LOAD.

I tried to block the top back fan ( unplugged and covered with a plastic bag ), the temperatures were a little hotter than with it and without the top front fan ( about 2-3°C difference ).

On a side note, I used prime95 for an hour and got a top temp of 53°C on the cpu, it was 65°C before .... biggrin.gif

I'm thinking that the top of the HAF X is too high to create a classic wind tunnel effect with only the front fan. I think you've shown that two top intakes is best. This is why testing your temps is better than theorizing. We learn stuff. Bravo.

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I'm thinking that the top of the HAF X is too high to create a classic wind tunnel effect with only the front fan. I think you've shown that two top intakes is best. This is why testing your temps is better than theorizing. We learn stuff. Bravo.

+rep

Exactly smile.gif That's why I wanted to know what would happen if I maxed out the intake. Next step is cutting the rear mesh grill and take off the exhaust fan to see what it'll give us. I need a dremel first biggrin.gif
Thank you for the +rep ehume smile.gif
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