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Assistance in cooling planned BitFenix Prodigy build!

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'Allo errybody!

As per title, planning on building a BifFenix Prodigy in the coming weeks.

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini ITX Motherboard
CPU: Intel 3570k
CPU Cooler: H80
GPU: MSI Radeon HD7970 Lightning 3GB
RAM: Samsung Green MV-3V4G3D/US 8GB 2x4GB
PSU: Corsair HX650 Power Supply
SSD: Crucial M4 SSD 256GB
HDD: Western Digital Green 3TB

Now, this will be the first build I've done which requires extensive thought about cooling. As such, I've brought my case to the experts for opinions and discussion therein.

I was planning on having the H80 as an exhaust in push/pull, if the motherboard will let me. This is mainly because, from the limited research I've conducted, they tend to blow a lot of heat inside the case when running as an intake (which would be good for the CPU, but not so much for everything else.

So my understanding comes to requiring 2x120mm's for the top, 1x120mm for the front (or 2x120 or 1x180/200/230, if I remove one or both of the HDD cages).

Discussion welcomed, I'd really love to learn a few new things about cooling to keep this thing running chilly!

Cheers,
PF
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If you have extra 5.25 bays in the front you can mount a few 120mm that pull cold air in and one in the rear that pull it out. If you dont have any room in the front then make some holes in the top that pull from the bottom. Meaning facing downward. Hot air rises. I just got into water cooling. I havnt fully built yet but 90% there. Waiting on some fitting. I am also using a water chiller so i can keep water temps very cold. There are also other air solutions you can get a very small Air conditioner and make a fan hole and route the cold air into the case. Its been done before. Regular fans at ambient temps can only do so much. If you going to OC really high i would phase out the Air cooling.
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