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post #261 of 1026
580's run very hot by nature. They aren't known to run very cool.
Tidbit, I replaced the front fans with some higher speed Corsair fans. The stock ones off my H100. Yes, they moved more air. But my temps were the same and just had a louder computer.
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Thanks for your input, I really appreciate it.

Mine idle at 44deg C upper, 40deg C lower - and can reach the low 80deg C range playing Sniper V2 with everything maxed.

The GPU fans are maxed when I reach those temps.

I suppose a future purchase might be GTX 600-Series GPUs with large dual or triple fans.

Some that I've seen reviewed certainly run cooler and quieter than I ever thought possible!
post #263 of 1026
Hello everyone! I just got a new 550D, and am new to the computer building scene. I have a few questions about airflow.

1) How is air getting into the case with both the door and the front panel covering the front fans?

2) How hot do the internals get if I keep the side and top panels closed? Should I be opening those panels up and installing fans?

3) Should my PSU fan be facing up or down?

4) Should I install a fan on the bottom next to the PSU? 120 or 140? Am I taking in air or expelling it with a bottom fan?

5) Best spot for GPU...higher or lower?

Apologize in advance for my beginner questions.
post #264 of 1026
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Originally Posted by StoutFiles View Post

Hello everyone! I just got a new 550D, and am new to the computer building scene. I have a few questions about airflow.
1) How is air getting into the case with both the door and the front panel covering the front fans?
2) How hot do the internals get if I keep the side and top panels closed? Should I be opening those panels up and installing fans?
3) Should my PSU fan be facing up or down?
4) Should I install a fan on the bottom next to the PSU? 120 or 140? Am I taking in air or expelling it with a bottom fan?
5) Best spot for GPU...higher or lower?
Apologize in advance for my beginner questions.

1. There are gaps for intake on the bottom of the door, and on both sides of the door, running from top to bottom. These gaps allow plenty of air to intake through the front.

2. This depends on what you are doing. If you are overclocking, or staying stock. I'm currently stock and my current CPU idle temps are high 30s, GPU idle temps are low/mid 30s. I did not install any fans on the side or top mounts.

3. This is personal preference. I have used both configurations throughout the years and still haven't come up with a conclusion on which is better. Currently I have the PSU intake fan facing down, so it intakes ambient air from the bottom of the case.
If the fan faces up it will take air from inside the case, which is most likely warm, and/or take air that the GPU is attempting to use. This is ultimately why I decided to face the fan down and allow the PSU to obtain it's air from the outside of the case.

4. Bottom fan mounts are typically used to intake air, as it will feed your components fresh ambient air. Again if you want to use this it comes down to personal preference. I use the bottom intake to feed my GPU air.

5. Best spot for GPU is the first PCI Express slot on your motherboard. Most motherboards recommend you use the first slot. Which is typically considered the "top" or one closest to your CPU.

A lot of this is personal preference and depends largely on your components and what you will be doing with them. This case is built to allow the user to choose rather they want more fans for cooling if needed, or the option to use less fans and have a quieter computer.
Edited by skazx - 12/7/12 at 12:11pm
post #265 of 1026
BTW - as I have been planning to get this case soon, I have also been on the lookout for flush-fitting fan controllers for it.

Because of the door, many of the better controllers won't work - their dials or sliders protrude too far to close the door.

But - I was just made aware of this product - and this great review:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1308249/reeven-6-eyes-rfc-01-fan-controller

Buttons retract flush!
post #266 of 1026
The Bitfenix slider Fan controller would fit just fine. Also, remember, You don't have to mount the fan controller right up to the front. You can mount it a tad back, recessed in. Yes, it wont be as pretty. But if the door is closed 90% of the time. Who will ever notice it?
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post #267 of 1026
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Originally Posted by stratosrally View Post

BTW - as I have been planning to get this case soon, I have also been on the lookout for flush-fitting fan controllers for it.
Because of the door, many of the better controllers won't work - their dials or sliders protrude too far to close the door.
But - I was just made aware of this product - and this great review:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1308249/reeven-6-eyes-rfc-01-fan-controller
Buttons retract flush!

I'm currently using a scythe controller (KM05-bk). Retractable buttons, digital readouts for both temperature and fan RPM. Fits well, but the solder work sucks.



Edited by skazx - 12/10/12 at 4:38pm
post #268 of 1026
Hi, everyone. Joining the club with my latest build. Only the second PC I've ever built. I posted in the big corsair case thread but it looks like the 550D is extremely under represented there.

Here's a picture of my build. Swapped out all the case fans for AF120's and an AD140. With the Asus fan software handling the fan speeds, this case is silent even when gaming while keeping very respectable temperatures.

post #269 of 1026
Good job, looks clean with solid airflow. thumb.gif
post #270 of 1026
I will say after a bit of maintenance earlier this week, I want a fully or partially modular PSU for this case.
 
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