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Hey there,

So I have recently purchased parts for my new high end gaming rig. However I made the foolish mistake of not reading up on the case as much as I should of.

I chose the Corsair Obsidian 800d, with the intention of air cooling. Which I have recently been informed fails in the stock air cooling setup.

So my question is, can I improve on the air cooling of the case? I would prefer to avoid water cooling if I can, as I am uneducated in the set up.

Any advice on how I can improve air cooling will be greatly appreciated

i7 2600k
Gtx 580 sli
16gb corsair vengeance ram (4x4gb)
Asus Sabertooth p67
1000w PSU
240gb SSD Intel 520
600gb VelociRaptor


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Originally Posted by Niheathcote View Post

Hey there,

So I have recently purchased parts for my new high end gaming rig. However I made the foolish mistake of not reading up on the case as much as I should of.

I chose the Corsair Obsidian 800d, with the intention of air cooling. Which I have recently been informed fails in the stock air cooling setup.

So my question is, can I improve on the air cooling of the case? I would prefer to avoid water cooling if I can, as I am uneducated in the set up.

Any advice on how I can improve air cooling will be greatly appreciated

i7 2600k
Gtx 580 sli
16gb corsair vengeance ram (4x4gb)
Asus Sabertooth p67
1000w PSU
240gb SSD Intel 520
600gb VelociRaptor


Thanks smile.gif

Get an h100 to at least take care of your CPU, that way the heat from the CPU won't get dumped into your case.
Slap a really strong fan on the bottom intake and see your temps
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its a shame, the worst air cooling case and the best for WC. come to the wet side.smile.gif .. honestly don't use the stock fans they are pos. get some heavy duty 140mm to at least move the air. The fans that blow on the the hard drives/ssd make a mess but do help move air behind the mb and out the back. I would also add a fan controller. Hope this helps I only used air in mine while I waited for my pump.. 1 whole day.
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Originally Posted by Niheathcote View Post

Hey there,
So I have recently purchased parts for my new high end gaming rig. However I made the foolish mistake of not reading up on the case as much as I should of.
I chose the Corsair Obsidian 800d, with the intention of air cooling. Which I have recently been informed fails in the stock air cooling setup.
So my question is, can I improve on the air cooling of the case? I would prefer to avoid water cooling if I can, as I am uneducated in the set up.
Any advice on how I can improve air cooling will be greatly appreciated
i7 2600k
Gtx 580 sli
16gb corsair vengeance ram (4x4gb)
Asus Sabertooth p67
1000w PSU
240gb SSD Intel 520
600gb VelociRaptor
Thanks smile.gif


They said the same thing about my 650D and I'm currently using an H100 for the CPU and air for the GPU.

 

Basically I kept the front 240mm fan, have the rad fans pulling air into the case (push/pull) then an exhaust in the back then an extra fan on the HDD cages to pull air from the 240mm and shoot it past the GPU and out the slots in the back. :P

 

But since you do have the big brother of my case, you'll probably need a tad more fans. ph34r-smiley.gif

 
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I replaced the case fans.. and went water cooling on my CPU. I have triple radiator on the top blowing air IN (yes, IN, it's better for this case, the fans are in a PULL config on the radiator, so it's pulling air through the radiator instead of pushing air into the radiator). This causes positive pressure which keeps dust out, and the 800D's main problem is intake. This is assuming you buy a good dust filter to cover the top 3x 120mm vents or you will be sucking in a lot of dust!

3 fans intake on top
1 fan exhaust in the back
1 fan intake on the bottom (I keep the very bottom one in the PSU area empty)
1 fan exhaust in the hard drive area

CPU temps are great, and GPU (still air cooled) is better than most of the other 680s owners... rather cold if anything. That bottom 140mm fan gets air from under the case and blows it right into the GPU. It's all about getting good fans... I have 6 fans in the case that cost $25 each. The stock fans are terrible. If you can't afford watercooling, then replace the fans and also get 3 additional fans for intake and put them on the top of the case.

Old picture, i've changed some hardware since but here you go:
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Edited by Murlocke - 4/7/12 at 11:30am
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H100 is a sure win, if you haven't already gotten your GTX 580s, you can go for the PNY watercooled ones.

http://www.amazon.com/PNY-PCI-Express-Overclocked-Graphics-VCGGTX580XPB-LC/dp/B005C31HOI

I have one and never went over 50c.

If not, you can always get aftermarket air coolers for them like the Zalman VF3000F.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118094

Or the Accelero.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186048
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H100 is a sure win, if you haven't already gotten your GTX 580s, you can go for the PNY watercooled ones.
http://www.amazon.com/PNY-PCI-Express-Overclocked-Graphics-VCGGTX580XPB-LC/dp/B005C31HOI
I have one and never went over 50c.
If not, you can always get aftermarket air coolers for them like the Zalman VF3000F.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118094
Or the Accelero.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186048

air coolers dump the heat back in the case. might not be desirerable. but heat does go UP and your GPU is under the cooler so i guess no big deal.
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air coolers dump the heat back in the case. might not be desirerable. but heat does go UP and your GPU is under the cooler so i guess no big deal.

Why there are rear/top exhaust fans? rolleyes.gif
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Why there are rear/top exhaust fans? rolleyes.gif

as i said, no big deal ;-p
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If I was too go down the path of water cooling could anyone suggest a set-up for my rig?

If not I will probably go with the set-up Murlocke suggested. As my greatest concern is with the temperature of the gpu's.

Thanks for all the advice biggrin.gif
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