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I was not too impressed the kraken x40. It seems like all the reviews puts the h80i at a higher level with quieter fan settings. Granted the h80i does include two fans, and also has a thicker rad. It's also 10 dollars more expensive than the x40.

That being said, that bundle turns the 100 dollar x40 into a 70 dollar x40. At that price point, I think it's going to be difficult to beat. Also you'll get free shipping if you spend over $199, which I'm sure you've noted.

If I was in your position and trying to catch a good deal and save some money, I would personally get the combo with the x40 and run it in push pull. NZXT currently have their high performance 140mm fans on sale for 6 dollars off. The x40 comes with one of those high performance fans by default, while the case comes with the "regular performance" fans. I would then move the stock rear fan to the bottom slot, and run the x40 fan with the extra fan you purchased separately on the x40 in push/pull, that way you can control both high performance (louder) fans from the kraken software, and use the stock (quieter) case fans with the case fan controller. If you have them mixed, then all of the fans will always be at a different volume since they run at different RPMs.

I personally don't know if having a bottom fan will decrease temps at all with that side panel fan right there, but it might help build up positive pressure to help keep dust out of the case.
post #152 of 427
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You can't go wrong with either case, in my opinion. At least you have a full side panel window now. Good luck, my friend. smile.gif

thanks man, definitely looking forward to it!
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post #153 of 427
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I was not too impressed the kraken x40. It seems like all the reviews puts the h80i at a higher level with quieter fan settings. Granted the h80i does include two fans, and also has a thicker rad. It's also 10 dollars more expensive than the x40.

That being said, that bundle turns the 100 dollar x40 into a 70 dollar x40. At that price point, I think it's going to be difficult to beat. Also you'll get free shipping if you spend over $199, which I'm sure you've noted.

If I was in your position and trying to catch a good deal and save some money, I would personally get the combo with the x40 and run it in push pull. NZXT currently have their high performance 140mm fans on sale for 6 dollars off. The x40 comes with one of those high performance fans by default, while the case comes with the "regular performance" fans. I would then move the stock rear fan to the bottom slot, and run the x40 fan with the extra fan you purchased separately on the x40 in push/pull, that way you can control both high performance (louder) fans from the kraken software, and use the stock (quieter) case fans with the case fan controller. If you have them mixed, then all of the fans will always be at a different volume since they run at different RPMs.

I personally don't know if having a bottom fan will decrease temps at all with that side panel fan right there, but it might help build up positive pressure to help keep dust out of the case.

Wow, this is excellent advice.
Sounds like a plan.

One question: to clarify, is the push pull at the rear 140mm slot oriented such that it pushes air from outside the case INTO the radiator and then the second fan pulls air from the radiator further into the case before it's sucked up by the 200mm top exhaust fan?

I know that corsair recommends making the rear slot an intake for single fan Hydro series installs, does it function the same way in push/pull configs?

PS: does the kraken come with the necessary parts to do push pull, or do I need to buy additional screws?
post #154 of 427
In my opinion, the orientation of the fan depends on your graphics card.

If you have the reference stock "blower" style card that takes air from inside your case and ejects it directly out the rear, then that heat will rise up toward your rear fan. If your rear fan is intake, you're just sucking hot air from your gpu into the rad. This style gpu cooler is usually better for traditional air cpu cooling, since the hot air isn't blowing around inside your case just to get sucked up into the cpu heatsink.

This is what I mean by "blower." The hot air is directed through the "duct" type cover and push out the back:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130782

If you have a third party heatsink on your gpu, like an asus, gigabyte, or msi twin frozr, then more than likely the hot air will be push from your graphics card into your case. This is actually ideal if you want to use your rear fan as intake, since the hot air will be directed through the top as opposed to the rear. This will allow you to suck in cool air from the rear fan and cool your radiator.

Third party cooler pic. If you switch to the side view of the card, you'll see that the air will escape out of the sides of card and into the case.:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423

This is from my personal experience, my advice would be to keep switching your fan orientation around until you see what works best for your components. If you have the regular blower style type card, then I would leave the rear mounted x40 as exhaust.
post #155 of 427
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In my opinion, the orientation of the fan depends on your graphics card.

If you have the reference stock "blower" style card that takes air from inside your case and ejects it directly out the rear, then that heat will rise up toward your rear fan. If your rear fan is intake, you're just sucking hot air from your gpu into the rad. This style gpu cooler is usually better for traditional air cpu cooling, since the hot air isn't blowing around inside your case just to get sucked up into the cpu heatsink.

This is what I mean by "blower." The hot air is directed through the "duct" type cover and push out the back:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130782

If you have a third party heatsink on your gpu, like an asus, gigabyte, or msi twin frozr, then more than likely the hot air will be push from your graphics card into your case. This is actually ideal if you want to use your rear fan as intake, since the hot air will be directed through the top as opposed to the rear. This will allow you to suck in cool air from the rear fan and cool your radiator.

Third party cooler pic. If you switch to the side view of the card, you'll see that the air will escape out of the sides of card and into the case.:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125423

This is from my personal experience, my advice would be to keep switching your fan orientation around until you see what works best for your components. If you have the regular blower style type card, then I would leave the rear mounted x40 as exhaust.

I actually own option number 2 (on the strength of its Tom's recommendation), so it looks like I lucked out (wish I could say I planned it that way, but I didn't).

Thank you much, will pull trigger after I sleep on it tonight.
post #156 of 427
Sounds like you have a decent setup going for you then. I've been sleeping on it for over a week now, haha. Still can't decide.

Anyway, good luck to you. Hope you enjoy the 630 if you end up going with it.
post #157 of 427
Still nothing in Aus yet about it.
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Still nothing in Aus yet about it.

Do you have any idea the dangers one must endure to get things to people in Australia? Giant spiders, giant snakes, poisonous everything, kicking wallabies, Fosters Beer.... It's this giant maze of death and doom down there. Rest assured, some etailers should be getting them in for you guys soon. biggrin.gif
post #159 of 427
So any Phantom 630 in Australia is automatically promoted to 'Survivor Edition' wink.gif

... well get's me thinking... so any Phantom 630 sold @my place (Germany) is a 'Permit A38'
(you sometimes need an application for an application^^)

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post #160 of 427
I have a joke for you guys,

Why didn't the customer by the Phantom 630?

Because it didn't have a full window!


Haha, oh man, I just crack my self up sometimes.
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