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Today,(yesterday since it's 12am already) I bought a Xigmatek SD1283 Gaia off of the egg for 26 bucks. I have some questions about using this particular HSF in Push-Pull config. First of all, the stock fan that is supplied with the Gaia is held in place by 4 plastic screws (8 are supplied) they might not work with other non Xigmatek fans, but I'm sure I can just use metal screws right?

Secondly, what fans should I use? I'm thinking of using the 1200 RPM, 68 CFM, 24 DBA Scythe Slipstreams, from Petra's tech.http://www.petrastechshop.com/12scsysstcaf2.html
It says that the static pressure is 0.92mmAq. I'm not sure if that's enough, my case is an NZXT phantom in white, also ordered from the egg today.

Third, I'm confused about the actual fan orientation if I'm to use two fans on my HSF. So, the first fan pulls, as in facing the right way as in intake, and the second fan pulls & is also intake, or out take? I've tried googling this but nothing has cleared this up for me, yet. I know, push-pull may be simple & I might be turning a simple concept into rocket science, but seriously how do I orientate the fans?

Edit: I think you just install them both facing the right way, maybe. I need some sleep.

Fourth, should I use a Y-Splitter & connect both fans to the motherboard CPU fan header or would that overload my mobo?

Last but not least of all, is using two fans in push-pull configuration worth it? What temperature differences should I expect using two fans vs one?

Thanks to everyone in advance.

-Regards, N7
Edited by N7-OC - 7/27/11 at 9:30pm
 
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Third, I'm confused about the actual fan orientation if I'm to use two fans on my HSF. So, the first fan pulls, as in facing the right way as in intake, and the second fan pulls & is also intake, or out take? I've tried googling this but nothing has cleared this up for me, yet. I know, push-pull may be simple & I might be turning a simple concept into rocket science, but seriously how do I orientate the fans?
Push/pull is basically one fan pulling air into the heatsink and the other pulling air out of the heatsink. So if you have it mounted vertically then have the fans both facing the rear of the case so cold air goes through from the front of the case.

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Fourth, should I use a Y-Splitter & connect both fans to the motherboard CPU fan header or would that overload my mobo?
Connecting both fans to the CPU fan header isn't necessary. As for it overloading I don't know. I've had my second push/pull fan connected to a 3-pin on the mobo for years and it has worked fine.

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Last but not least of all, is using two fans in push-pull configuration worth it? What temperature differences should I expect using two fans vs one?
Yes it is definitely worth it. I've had my Xiggy DK is push/pull for a few years now and it makes a huge difference for load temps specifically. I also went a little farther and did something I call a tape mod where you cover up the sides of the heatsink with non-adhesive duct tape. This effectively creates a wind tunnel so that the air traveling through the heatsink actually goes through it and does not disperse out the sides. I personally noticed a 2-4c drop in load temps when I did this. The tape is actually holding one of my fans in place too.

Here's a pic to get an idea of what I mean.
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I was thinking of mounting it horizontally, as that is probably best for most people even though both the 200mm top mounted fan that comes stock with the Phantom & the 120mm back fan are both exhaust. I will definitely look into taping the sides, though. That is extremely interesting.
EDIT: I mean not horizontally, but so that the heat is directed out of my back 120mm.
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I was thinking of mounting it horizontally, as that is probably best for most people even though both the 200mm top mounted fan that comes stock with the Phantom & the 120mm back fan are both exhaust. I will definitely look into taping the sides, though. That is extremely interesting.
EDIT: I mean not horizontally, but so that the heat is directed out of my back 120mm.
I actually forgot to mention that my cooler isn't mounted like that anymore. That was before I got a custom bracket to mount it vertically so the air flows from right to left and out the back of the case. I saw temp drops from that as well.
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So it's right from left: From 140mm intake --> 120mm Push fan (intake) --> Heatsink --> 120mm Pull fan (intake) --> 120mm Exhaust fan?

As in, the first 120mm fan on the heatsink intakes the air from the front case fan, "pushing" it through the fins, & then the second 120mm fan intakes the hot air from the fins, "pulling" it towards the back exhaust.
 
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So it's right from left: From 140mm intake --> 120mm Push fan (intake) --> Heatsink --> 120mm Pull fan (intake) --> 120mm Exhaust fan?

As in, the first 120mm fan on the heatsink intakes the air from the front case fan, "pushing" it through the fins, & then the second 120mm fan intakes the hot air from the fins, "pulling" it towards the back exhaust.
Basically, yes. And you have your model turned around. >_>

Back exahust fan <-- pull fan <-- heatsink <-- push fan <-- front case fan
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