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I'm relatively new to overclocking, and the cooling requirements that come with it. Since my machine isn't up and running and I have no real data to work from, I thought it'd be wise to post what I was thinking and see what people with more experience have to say.


Intel i5 2500k (Hoping for at least 4.5 OC)

Corsair 600T (White)
1x200mm Front In
1x200mm Top Out
1x120mm Back Out

Video card is undecided, though I intend to have one (or two) that vents out the rear.

I think that's the relevant parts (minus the obvious heatsink), if I've missed something just let me know.

My primary concern is getting the machine up and running, which means my most major issue is the heatsink.

From some of the reading I've been doing, I think the CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ would do well for what I'm running, but I have questions. Is there any significant difference between the 212+ and the 212 Evo? I've seen mention of a push/pull configuration, I assume that means two fans mounted to the block? Is the fan that comes with the heatsink good for what I need, or should I replace it with a different one (or two)?

Is there a better option that I may be missing?

As for the case, I assume the fans that come stock will do until I can get some real temp/noise data (or even after)? Are there typical modifications people have been doing to this case? For example, do most people replace the top 200mm with 2x120? Or install the mesh for side-fans?

Finally, I just wanted to double-check that negative pressure is better than Positive for cooling performance/airflow.

Thanks,
Edited by Adian - 2/29/12 at 1:41pm
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well 212+ vs 212evo, the 212+ is better and its stock fans are very good for that job but there is Corsair A70 which is 3°C hotter than V6 GT but corsair it´s cheaper

and for top/side/back/front

2x 120 top
2x 120 front
1x 120/140 side
1x 120 back

intake fans with low quantity of CFM and exhaust high CFM fans

Which is ur psu and and ur budget for gpu(s)?
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Thread Starter 
Hm, I'll take a closer look at the A70 when I get home. I notice at a quick glance that it's got 2 fans - would performance of the 212 be comparable if another fan was added? Or is there more to it (heat pipes, etc)?

For the PSU, I was considering the OCZ-ZX850W. Today I saw a (48-hour) discount on the OCZ-ZX1250W that puts it at about $30 more than the 850. Given that I don't know my complete power requirements yet, and that the PSU is one of the more important parts, I was thinking of grabbing the larger model either later tonight or tomorrow.

As for the GPU, I was hoping to only spend around 300 - 350. I have some wiggle room though. You actually recommended the 560 Twin Frozr III in a thread I had on the topic, and it's one of the cards I'm considering. Every time I start getting into it though, I get...overwhelmed by the options. That's going the be the final piece I need.

For the fan layout...why so many intake fans (assuming the 1x120 side fan is intake?) if they're lower CFM? Couldn't I eliminate the side fan by using slightly higher CFM intakes? I know the side-grate has room for 4x120, and I worry about whether or not I'll be able to maintain negative pressure with all that open area in the grates (essentially 3x220 worth of open space).
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with 850w is more than enought for SLI/Cfx 560 GTX cards but I think you must get HD 6870 Crossfire or 560 GTX TI 448 Twin Frozr III

some persons had said me that 212+ adding 2nd fans has 3°C less under load maybe if you dont matter the space got A70 if you care go fot 212+ and push pull config



whenever I say the fans is for example.... only I think that airflow is pushed by exhaust fans bcuz think that you have 120 CFM fan intake and 60CFM fan exhaust , Maybe there will be air being inside without exit from 120CFm fans
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I'm relatively new to overclocking, and the cooling requirements that come with it. Since my machine isn't up and running and I have no real data to work from, I thought it'd be wise to post what I was thinking and see what people with more experience have to say.
Intel i5 2500k (Hoping for at least 4.5 OC)
Corsair 600T (White)
1x200mm Front In
1x200mm Top Out
1x120mm Back Out
Video card is undecided, though I intend to have one (or two) that vents out the rear.
I think that's the relevant parts (minus the obvious heatsink), if I've missed something just let me know.
My primary concern is getting the machine up and running, which means my most major issue is the heatsink.
From some of the reading I've been doing, I think the CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ would do well for what I'm running, but I have questions. Is there any significant difference between the 212+ and the 212 Evo? I've seen mention of a push/pull configuration, I assume that means two fans mounted to the block? Is the fan that comes with the heatsink good for what I need, or should I replace it with a different one (or two)?
Is there a better option that I may be missing?
As for the case, I assume the fans that come stock will do until I can get some real temp/noise data (or even after)? Are there typical modifications people have been doing to this case? For example, do most people replace the top 200mm with 2x120? Or install the mesh for side-fans?
Finally, I just wanted to double-check that negative pressure is better than Positive for cooling performance/airflow.
Thanks,

Hi

ive got same case and iv took out both front and top fans and replaced with a CM megaflow 200mm for front and 2 120mm zalmans for top..To use the megaflow you need to move the drive caddy to near the psu..
Ive just purchased 2 TT TY-140s i seen at ebuyer for £6.55 each.
I hear alot about the 212+ but i went with the Xigmatek Aegir..

regards
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