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Suggestion for Corsair 500R and Corsair H100 fan setup

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Hello guys (and girls)!

I have a problem that i'm hoping you can help me with. English is not my native language, so bear with me smile.gif

I am now a happy owner of a Corsair 500R-cabinet and H100-watercooler. I also bought 2x Noctua NF-P12 (120mm, 1300 RPM).

I bought this because my recently bought HD6950 fried of heat in my old, small mATX cabinet. The problem was that the cabinet itself is placed in a Ikea "Vika Alex" box, which is kinda like a "cabinet hider". This means that there is NO room in the back for cooling, and approx 10-20 cm from top of cabinet to top of the box. The new cabinet supports 4x fans at the front (two currently mounted), 1x at the back, and a 200mm at the side. Futhermore it has room for the H100 at the top, together with another 2x120mm fans.

I am however i great doubt how to make the most silent setup. How should i place the fans to receive the optimal cooling of my rig? I have a i3 processor and a amd HD7850 card, where i probably want to overclock the i3 processor to about 4 ghz. The main focus however is that it is as quiet as possible, as i also use it as a mediacenter in my bedroom.

I hope you can help, feel free to ask any questions!
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From what I know, i3 CPUS aren't overclockable, neither the sandy bridge ones or the clarkdale ones before that
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Thanks for your answer.
Well I have already overclocked it to about 4 ghz with no problems, so its definitly overclock-able, the current cooler is just incredibly noisy =/ Thats why i bought a new cabinet and watercooler.. to make it less noisy, without buying a new mb+cpu.
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Oh yeah, I fogot about the fact that you can overclock using the baseclock, and it's the multiplier that's locked. For the H100, I'd recommend setting your fans up so that they blow air out of the case. It also has the added bonus of keeping dust out of the H100's radiator. Good call on getting the Noctua fans by the way. Wile I personally hate the way they look, they are very, very good fans.
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My pc will be hidden away, so I can do with the Noctua look wink.gif Anyway, so youre basically saying that i should just make a standard setup with the front taking air in and the H100 taking air out?
Or, if your look at this , the same setup but with the top fans in reverse? (the first picture)
And, if i should replace any of the stock fans with the noctua, wouldnt it be best to replace the front ones? Since they're the ones that'll probably make the most sound..?
post #6 of 7
the ones on the H100 spin a lot faster (and thus are way noisier) than the ones used for the front intake, so those would be the ones I'd replace.
The truth of the matter is, that cooling wise, it makes no difference (well, maybe 1-2°C) at all wether you use the H100 to take air in or let it exhaust. I set it up for exhaust, because it keeps dust out of my rad and also because heat tends to rise.
I am by no means an airflow expert though, just a fellow H100-owner trying to help out.
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post #7 of 7
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OK! Thanks a lot smile.gif Im happy that you take your time to help.. If its something you have yourself, i think your guess is better than mine smile.gif I'll let your know how it works out in a couple of hours smile.gif
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