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Cooling for CM690II Advanced/i5-2500k

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Posted this already in the computer case forum but I think this section is more appropriate.

I'm getting an i5-2500k and probably a CM690 II Advanced case. I was wondering how good the stock fans are on this case. Are they solid or should I consider replacing them? What are some good fans that aren't too loud?

As for the i5, whats a good cooler? I'm probably going to try and overclock it to around 4.5ghz. I'd like to spend $50 or less if that's possible.
post #2 of 6
IMO they are pretty much standard case fans. Not great but not terrible.

The 140mm front fan: Provides good inflow and is very quiet. I have it on a fan controller and even at top speed you can barely hear it. It would be nice to have it pull in more air but it does its job.

The 140mm top fan: I mounted it on the bottom since I have a RS240 radiator on top (along with 2 120mm fans that came with the kit that will be replaced). It barely brings in air to the case but it helps.

EDIT: to clarify the two 140mm fans should be the same spec wise but where I have it mounted on the bottom it does not get as good airflow as the front mounted.

The 120mm exhaust fan: Just your typical 120mm fan nothing great.

If you have extra cash I would upgrade but its not necessary
Edited by spitty13 - 6/19/11 at 11:02am
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Is the CM Hyper 212+ considered the best cooler for an i5-2500k? I'm looking to spend no more than $50 for a CPU cooler, which is how much it costs on Newegg (even cheaper at other places, like $30).
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Is the CM Hyper 212+ considered the best cooler for an i5-2500k? I'm looking to spend no more than $50 for a CPU cooler, which is how much it costs on Newegg (even cheaper at other places, like $30).
I think on these boards its regarded as one of the best price/performance coolers. I almost got it but caught the water cooling bug and got a rasa rs240 instead.
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As for the case, I think I'm going to go with a full tower. SLI is too tempting lol.

Can you turn off case fan LEDs? I'm gonna be having my tower sitting on this massive desk next to my monitors, so I'd like to avoid being blinded by blue/red LEDs (not to mention the nightlight effect when trying to sleep).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129087

^found the user's manual online, says you can turn off two of the LED's but doesn't specify for the others.
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As for the case, I think I'm going to go with a full tower. SLI is too tempting lol.

Can you turn off case fan LEDs? I'm gonna be having my tower sitting on this massive desk next to my monitors, so I'd like to avoid being blinded by blue/red LEDs (not to mention the nightlight effect when trying to sleep).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129087

^found the user's manual online, says you can turn off two of the LED's but doesn't specify for the others.
I'm using a CM 690II Advanced, only the front 140mm fan has blue led and can be toggle.

The other fans are dull black plastic type..
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