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Hi there just wondering if you guys could look at my current r3 fan layout and tell me what the best recommend layout would be. Thanks
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In your situation, I'd flip that front top fan to intake to feed that H70 extra air, and add a 140mm fan of your choosing to the side panel to bring in fresh air for the 580.

Air goes wherever you move it. That top exhaust fan will just drag up warm air from the 580 and exhaust some of the front/bottom intakes before it can reach your H70.

http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling...g-warning.html

Great reference material

In my Source 210, the configuration with the lowest temperatures was three front intakes, a top intake and a side fan intaking. Both the CPU and the GPU get fresh air direct from the fans and any lingering hot air is pushed out as air escapes out the back.
Edited by Siegfried262 - 10/22/11 at 9:09pm
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post #3 of 8
if i had the R3 ( which i was SOOO close to buying ) i would of had the fans exactly the same position as you
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post #4 of 8
I would possibly point the bottom fan down, that's about it. I have a very similar case and my setup is the same outside of the extra fan.
post #5 of 8
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Thanks for the info I will try switching the fan around. I tried to add a intake fan on the side but it causes a very loud whine because of the restricted grill. Thanks

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Originally Posted by Siegfried262 View Post
In your situation, I'd flip that front top fan to intake to feed that H70 extra air, and add a 140mm fan of your choosing to the side panel to bring in fresh air for the 580.

Air goes wherever you move it. That top exhaust fan will just drag up warm air from the 580 and exhaust some of the front/bottom intakes before it can reach your H70.

http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling...g-warning.html

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post #6 of 8
What sort of fan created this noise?

I have a 800rpm Scythe Kaze Maru 2 on my side panel which isn't cut yet and the fan is nearly inaudible.
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post #7 of 8
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Noctua P14 140mm 1200rpm (really loud) and stock fractal r3 fan 1200rpm (about 1/2 as loud but annoying). Also what do you mean by your side panel isn't cut yet. Thanks

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What sort of fan created this noise?

I have a 800rpm Scythe Kaze Maru 2 on my side panel which isn't cut yet and the fan is nearly inaudible.

Edited by spencer785 - 10/22/11 at 11:51pm
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post #8 of 8
Around Christmas time I'm cutting out all the grills my fans are on (to cut down on noise and airflow restriction, especially the front intakes) and the rear fan grill (to aid the escape of air from the top, side, and front).

Have you tried running the P14 with the included voltage reducer?
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