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I recently bought a new heatsink and a few fans for my case. I was simply wondering what arrangement would create the coolest environment. My current arrangement is (my setup is at bottom):

Case: NZXT Phantom
Heatsink: ZALMAN CNPS9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5

Bottom Front: NZXT FN-140RB 140mm (intake)
Bottom Left Side: 2 NZXT FX-120LB 120mm (intake)
Middle Left Side: NZXT FN-200RB 200mm (intake)

Top Back: NZXT FX-120LB 120mm (exhaust)
Top: 2 NZXT FN-200RB 200mm (exhaust)

Based on many of the reviews I have read about the heatsink I bought, people claim to have CPU temps around 29 idle and 45 load overclocked to 4.5Ghz, with the same CPU. When I am overclocked to 4.2Ghz my temps are 32 idle and 62 load under prime95 blend. BTW I am a noob when it comes to overclocking so I use Turbo Boost. Under full load voltage is 1.265v.

Is airflow my problem? I was wondering if I switched my middle left side fan to another exhaust would that work better? I know it would create a lot of negative pressure, but I am afraid using it as an intake is disrupting the airflow from bottom to top.


i7 2600k 3.4
2 Radeon HD 6870 1gb Crossfired
ASRock p67 Pro3 SE
16GB DDR3 1333 RAM
800W PSU
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung SM951 256GB Samsung 850 Pro 256GB Cryorig Ultimate R1 Windows 10 
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post #2 of 5
Let's rule out one thing, what is your ambiant temp? this is the most important thing...
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply Frank. My room temp is usually around 17c or 18c. At the very hottest 20c.
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i7 6700k @ 4.7Ghz MSI z170a Gaming M7  EVGA GTX 1080ti FTW3 Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (4x4) @3000mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung SM951 256GB Samsung 850 Pro 256GB Cryorig Ultimate R1 Windows 10 
MonitorPowerCase
QNIX QX2710 Evolution ll 1440p 27" NZXT HALE90 V2 850w NZXT Phantom 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k @ 4.7Ghz MSI z170a Gaming M7  EVGA GTX 1080ti FTW3 Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (4x4) @3000mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung SM951 256GB Samsung 850 Pro 256GB Cryorig Ultimate R1 Windows 10 
MonitorPowerCase
QNIX QX2710 Evolution ll 1440p 27" NZXT HALE90 V2 850w NZXT Phantom 
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post #4 of 5
if ur talking about the CNPS9500 Being a High end cooler...Not anymore it isnt. thats would be your problem, u need a higher end heatsink
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Corsair V128 + WD Green 1TB Seagate.12 1TB LG DVD Burner Sata Windows 7 Ultimate Gamer Edition 2* ASUS VH242H 
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Logitech G15 PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750W Corsair 650D Razor DeathAdder 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Corsair V128 + WD Green 1TB Seagate.12 1TB LG DVD Burner Sata Windows 7 Ultimate Gamer Edition 2* ASUS VH242H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750W Corsair 650D Razor DeathAdder 
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For really good advice on airflow see this thread. biggrin.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 955 BE GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H MSI R7870 Hawk CORSAIR XMS3 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung 830 Series SSD Western Digital Caviar Black Western Digital Caviar Black DVD-RW HL-DT-ST GSA-H60L 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Thermalright Silve Arrow (TY-140/TY-150) Bitfenix Spectre Pro 200mm Phanteks 140mm Thermalright TY-150 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Professional BenQ GW2450 Microsoft Sidewinder x4 Corsair HX650 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Corsair Obsidian 650D RAZER DeathAdder Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 M-Audio AV30 Studio Monitors (upgrading soon) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 3570K GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD4H MSI R7870 Hawk CORSAIR XMS3 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Series SSD Samsung 830 Series SSD Western Digital Caviar Black Western Digital Caviar Black 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
DVD-RW HL-DT-ST GSA-H60L Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Bitfenix Spectre Pro 200mm Phanteks 140mm 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Professional BenQ GW2450 Microsoft Sidewinder x4 Corsair HX650 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
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