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Hey guys,

I'm building a new computer with the R4, and was wondering if I needed any aftermarket fans to replace the two stock ones. Also is it worth it to open up the "moduvents" and sacrifice some sound dampening for some more airflow?

I'll be overclocking a i5 3750k with a NH-D14, and I'll also do some overclocking with my 7950.

Thanks!
post #2 of 34
The 7950 exhausts mostly inside the case, so another top panel fan would probably help.

P.S. It appears that case can handle the new Kraken 60 http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/cpu_cooler/kraken_x60, not sure on that. So you might consider it.
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Thanks for the reply!

Any fan recommendations that are quiet and powerful? Price really doesn't matter.

I have already ordered the NH-D14 because I was under the impression that it was sufficiently cool, but more importantly is quieter than the CLC's? I can return it though if there are better options
Edited by dairyproduce - 1/16/13 at 5:09pm
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Gentle Typhoons move a decent amount air and are rather quite. Also, check out some Yate Loons. They are know for moving a good amount of air at low noise levels. thumb.gif
 
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I have an R4 and a 670 DC2T. Originally I had the stock fans in front and my H80 as exhaust, everything else closed up. It was definitely not enough air for the GPU. Just opening the top to let the heat rise out helped. I got 2 akasa vipers, they're 140 mm PWM fans. They're pretty much the best I've found, but 140 mm AND PWM limits your choices a bit.
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I find R4s to be too whiny and annoying as hell..
 
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post #7 of 34
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I thought they were supposed to be quiet? with all the sound dampening foam?

Also, what should the fan placement look like. 2 front intake, 1 rear exhaust and possibly one more on top for exhaust?

MME1122 did you just put your vipers in front?
post #8 of 34
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I find R4s to be too whiny and annoying as hell..

..? Lol I don't even know what that means.

Yup, I have vipers in front, H80 p/p rear exhaust, and the stock fans both up top.

I like the vipers but if you don't need PWM, or if you go with 120 mm fans, you have a lot more options.
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How loud is the H80? I'm considering getting a CLC as well....but I'm not sure it'll make much of a difference from the NH-D14?
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How loud is the H80? I'm considering getting a CLC as well....but I'm not sure it'll make much of a difference from the NH-D14?

I'm fairly certain the D14 will be quieter. The H80 pump is the loudest thing in my case when I'm just idling around and browsing OCN. If I turn everything up, the fans are also the loudest. Next up is the GPU at full tilt. Having said that, the H80 fans almost never need to spin up that much so it isn't an issue. The pump is honestly a little annoying. I had that terrible grinding issue so I undervolted it a tad and it's seems normal, but like I said, loudest thing when I'm not gaming.
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