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Hi all, I've just purchased the Corsair Carbide Series 400R case and I was thinking about adding some additional fans which I have never done before.

I will be using an i5-2500k with a Hyper 212+ or Hyper 212 Evo (Haven't decided yet, Evo doesn't have the gaps.. I'm not sure if that eases installation process at all).

So for my first fan, should I add an additional fan to the cooler for the "Push-Pull" system, is it worth it? It would be pulling the heat from my memory sticks and pushing out the back of the case to the pre-installed exhaust fan. Does this sound ok?

Second fan, top exhaust fan (heat rises, only makes sense to have it push air out of the case). Any fan suggestions I should look for at my local shop/newegg.ca?

Third fan, bottom pull fan to bring fresh air into the case from the bottom. Do you think this is necessary? Again, any fan suggestions would be great.

I do not plan on doing heavy overclocks to my system so maybe I'm going overboard but it would be nice to push my i5-2500k to 4.5GHz with ease eventually. yessir.gif

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- Asus P8P67 Pro (REV 3.0)
- Intel i5-2500K
- MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II
- Corsair Carbide Series 400R
- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600
- Corsair TX750M modular power supply
- Coolermaster Hyper 212+/Evo
- WD 1TB Caviar Black
- Crucial M4 128GB SSD
post #2 of 19
For case fans I almost always reccomend Scythe Gentle Typhoons 1850Rpm.

They get the best airflow/noise vs price IMO.

I would keep your stock fans as intake, add a scythe gt in the ceiling and rear as exhasut. Take your existing stock rear exhaust and add it as intake in the bottom.

If your computer is on the floor make sure you filter the intake at the bottom. These are easy to slap on and remove on the outside of the case, assuming you have a steel chassis that is: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/140mm-silverstone-fan-grille-and-filter-kit-magnetic

See how you get on with the new cooler and your OC before worrying about whether or not to get new fans for the cpu.
     
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You are saying to remove the pre-installed exhaust fan on the back and put it on the bottom? Just wondering why do this when I can just add a Scythe GT to the bottom instead.

Turns out these things aren't available on Newegg and my local shop is sold out, any other recommendations?
post #4 of 19
I just responded to your PM as well, but here is how my config has ended up.

The 2 front intakes are left as is.
The rear exhaust that was included has been removed and my H60 cooler is mounted there as intake.
I added a Scythe Slipstream to the top as exhaust since I mounted the H60 as intake.

This is working well for me so far, but I'm still running stock. Haven't had time to play to begin OC'ing yet.
    
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post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by dave20044;15271465 
Hi all, I've just purchased the Corsair Carbide Series 400R case and I was thinking about adding some additional fans which I have never done before.

I will be using an i5-2500k with a Hyper 212+ or Hyper 212 Evo (Haven't decided yet, Evo doesn't have the gaps.. I'm not sure if that eases installation process at all).

So for my first fan, should I add an additional fan to the cooler for the "Push-Pull" system, is it worth it? It would be pulling the heat from my memory sticks and pushing out the back of the case to the pre-installed exhaust fan. Does this sound ok?

Second fan, top exhaust fan (heat rises, only makes sense to have it push air out of the case). Any fan suggestions I should look for at my local shop/newegg.ca?

Third fan, bottom pull fan to bring fresh air into the case from the bottom. Do you think this is necessary? Again, any fan suggestions would be great.

I do not plan on doing heavy overclocks to my system so maybe I'm going overboard but it would be nice to push my i5-2500k to 4.5GHz with ease eventually. yessir.gif

System Build

- Asus P8P67 Pro (REV 3.0)
- Intel i5-2500K
- MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II
- Corsair Carbide Series 400R
- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600
- Corsair TX750M modular power supply
- Coolermaster Hyper 212+/Evo
- WD 1TB Caviar Black
- Crucial M4 128GB SSD

Hey mate, got ur mail.
Why don't you consider getting 500R instead of 400R since it has a fan controller(where u can connect all 4 fans) + 200mm side fan? You asked me about adding additional fans, but what you need to think about is noise level.

Yes, gentle typhoon is very quiet fan with good air flow but even with it you can't expect your PC to be dead silence.
I believe there's fan control software that you can download or install from the CD for that Asus board, but I doubt that you can control all the fans.

Zalman Fan Controller @ Newegg

If you don't care for noise level then there are other fans with much better airflow, also there's no need for a fan controller.

let me know which route you want to take.

btw running any fans on bottom of case or side of hdd rack @100% would make A LOT of noise. since they have to drag air harder than open places.
Edited by phinos - 10/12/11 at 9:05am
    
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post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by phinos;15277434 
Hey mate, got ur mail.
Why don't you consider getting 500R instead of 400R since it has a fan controller(where u can connect all 4 fans) + 200mm side fan? You asked me about adding additional fans, but what you need to think about is noise level.

Yes, gentle typhoon is very quiet fan with good air flow but even with it you can't expect your PC to be dead silence.
I believe there's fan control software that you can download or install from the CD for that Asus board, but I doubt that you can control all the fans.

Zalman Fan Controller @ Newegg

If you don't care for noise level then there are other fans with much better airflow, also there's no need for a fan controller.

let me know which route you want to take.

btw running any fans on bottom of case or side of hdd rack @100% would make A LOT of noise. since they have to drag air harder than open places.

The 500R comes with a fan controller? I didn't notice that. Noise level isn't a big deal, I don't need a dead silent computer but I don't want a computer as loud as a hair dryer/vacuum.

Is that Zalman a controller that you are recommending? Because I might as well get the 500R for $30-$40 more if I were to get a fan controller.

No to a bottom fan then. I really think a top exhaust would be perfect for the 400R and 500R for that matter since it isn't included with it either.
post #7 of 19
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Sorry for the double post...

With the 500R will a Hyper 212+ fit or will I need to remove the side fan? If I remove the side fan, could I use it as a top exhaust fan?
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by dave20044;15280427 
Sorry for the double post...

With the 500R will a Hyper 212+ fit or will I need to remove the side fan? If I remove the side fan, could I use it as a top exhaust fan?


it will fit for sure with the fan smile.gif

but yet you can remove the 200mm if u don't like.

all fans can be controlled to 3 speeds with fan controller in 500R

you can only have 2 120mm or 140mm on top though.
    
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Originally Posted by phinos;15281481 
it will fit for sure with the fan smile.gif

but yet you can remove the 200mm if u don't like.

all fans can be controlled to 3 speeds with fan controller in 500R

you can only have 2 120mm or 140mm on top though.

That's great, I may just have to fork up the extra $30 putting me a little over my budget but MEH! Would you recommend 2 120mm or just the 1 140mm fan on the top?

Maybe I'll just go with 1 120mm for now and if I feel the need for another I can always buy one. This additional fan will not be controlled by the fan controller provided though, right?
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try getting 500R and if you feel you need more airflow then get more fans. good fans are quite expansive and 400-500r has real good airflow. 200mm side fan does it's job really well too.
    
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