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post #1 of 49
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Hello my fellow Overclock.net users,

I am currently experiencing heat issues in my current computer. It's basically caused because of the poor airflow in the case, should've chosen a different case...

I am considering buying the Phantom NZXT Case with a new CPU cooler, but I don't know which CPU cooler to take. I am using a Intel Core i7-960 CPU 3.2 Ghz running at 3.60 Ghz. I'm not going to overclock it higher, but I do play heavy games like Battlefield 3.

I would very much appreciate your input!
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post #2 of 49
You are using a HAF912 and are having air problems? i'm pushing 600watts right now on an overclock in that case and temps are fine with half of the fans! perhaps your layout is not correct?
    
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post #3 of 49
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Originally Posted by I Am A Noob View Post
You are using a HAF912 and are having air problems? i'm pushing 600watts right now on an overclock in that case and temps are fine with half of the fans! perhaps your layout is not correct?
That is very possible. But it's more likely to be my heatsink. I just want to buy a new case cuz it looks fancier. I think my heatsink isn't working properly (tried reseating it several times). But that's not really the point.

I'm going to buy the Phantom NZXT and I would like to buy a new CPU-Cooler. So have you perhaps got input about that? =D
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post #4 of 49
Run 2x 120mm case fans up front, intake. (Molex \\ straight 12v)
Run 2x 120mm case fans up top, or 1x 120mm in the forward position, with the rear fan position blocked.
Run 1x 120mm side case fan for graphics card, intake.
Remove rear fan entirely from slowing down the airflow (5x intake @ "30 cfm" = "150cfm" exhaust, which a fan would struggle with to keep up.

The forward-most top fan (intake) is what helps bring fresh air infront of your heatsink.
    
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post #5 of 49
As for heatsinks, you can either go for heavy cooling (Corsair H100 $120 \\ Noctua ND-H14 $90) or you can go with a very cost effective Coolermaster Hyper 212+ ($30).

Most aftermarket coolers should have no problem with 3.6Ghz clocks. Hyper 212+ cools my CPU to a cozy ~48c or lower under 100% load at that clock.
    
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post #6 of 49
keep your case and get the h100 or get the new case and the h100
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post #7 of 49
Why don't you just start off with a new cooler? Or are you just looking for an excuse to get a new case?

Edit - No one has asked yet, your temps are what exactly?
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post #8 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by DisappointMe View Post
Why don't you just start off with a new cooler? Or are you just looking for an excuse to get a new case?

Edit - No one has asked yet, your temps are what exactly?
Anything under 60c (CPU) under full load is great. It's easy to get too worried about temperatures.

HAF 912 has pretty good cooling design (besides vented PCI slot covers).
    
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Hitachi 1TB, WD 320GB, Crucial M4 64GB ASUS 24X DVD Burner Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Gateway 22" 1680x1050 
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post #9 of 49
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DisappointMe View Post
Why don't you just start off with a new cooler? Or are you just looking for an excuse to get a new case?

Edit - No one has asked yet, your temps are what exactly?
You got me there! I'm definitely looking for an excuse. The temperatures are 55-60 idle, 90 load. It's way too high.
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post #10 of 49
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tipless View Post
keep your case and get the h100 or get the new case and the h100
The H100 is liquid cooling, am I right? That would mean the whole thermodynamic of my case would change. I'd have to flip over fans etc because the new "exhaust-watercoolerfan thingy" needs cold inflow. (as far as I know) right?
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Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black Windows Ultimate 64bit Steelseries 7G Cooler Master Silent Pro M 1000W 
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Cooler Master HAF 912 Logitech G9 Razer ExactMat 
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Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black Windows Ultimate 64bit Steelseries 7G Cooler Master Silent Pro M 1000W 
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