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I posted this over in the Scout 2 club... maybe in error... sorry for the 2nd post... newbie error...


First time poster.....Greetings everyone!

I just purchased a new pc from CyberPower with the Storm Scout 2 case. This pc is going to be my main work pc at home. Its going to ship the first week in February. The reason for the purchase is to replace my almost 7 year old Dell tower.

The thought was to get a new, fast machine in a cool case that allowed for some modification down the road... basically I want a "hot" (for me) ..... regular pc... and this was the direction I went... With that I have some questions ... but first this is what the rig is....

Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 (black)
Motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
Intel i5 - 3570K
Corsair Vengeance DDR3/1600 mhz 8gb.
Corsair CX500 V2 80 Plus Certified PS
24x Double Layer Dual Format DVD/CD drive
Asetek 510LC Liquid cooling with 120mm rad and 20dBa fan.

Flash Media Internal 12 in 1 reader/writer
240GB Intel 335 Series Sata-III 6.0gb SSD drive
2nd fan: Enermax Maximum 120mm (500-1200 rpm) TB Silence Black Twister Bearing 8-14 dBA

Video: Nvidia GEForce GT 610
Professional wiring
Sound absorbing foam on side, top and bottom...
No overclocking
Windows 7 Professional 64 bit, Microsoft Office Student.

Basic keyboard and mouse.. whatever came by default.

My thought was to get good core pieces just to get going and then address the power supply, keyboard, mouse, any extra fans and misc. pieces.... I have 2 hdd drives from the Dell that can transfer over once everything is stable... The motherboard comes with an onboard DVI... the only reason I got the Nvidia GEForce was because it didn't look like I could delete it for credit... it was the cheapest card offered...

I have a multi monitor set up at home and am using the PNY NVS 440 (nvidia chipset) 4 port video card... sot that will transfer over once the new pc is stable...

My questions are:

How am I doing so far?

If I want to add an additional fan would you recommend adding it to the front, the side door, or the bottom? I was thinking the bottom shooting air up... so one from the front... one from the bottom and the exhaust venting off the Asetek...

If the side door fan openings are not going to be used ... would you recommend closing them off somehow or just leaving them alone...?

IF I get one more fan after I get the PC... that would be 2 intake and 1 exhaust... If I have the Asetek 510LC ... and I want to "gently" overclock the 3570k 10-20% .... would this cooling setup be able to accomodate it... I'm not looking at setting any overclocking records... just crank it up a little to get the best performance I can with no (little) chance of frying anything...

Think thats it for now... Thanks... This forum is awesome... can't believe the amount of traffic on here...
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My questions are:

How am I doing so far?

Pre-built is not my forte - I just build my own with component of my choice. But I understand pre-built gives instant gratification. Comments I have here is that your on-board video is gonna suck compared to a descrete video card. If your purpose is just to stream videos, keep the use the GT 610. Anything more, you will need a beefier card.
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If I want to add an additional fan would you recommend adding it to the front, the side door, or the bottom? I was thinking the bottom shooting air up... so one from the front... one from the bottom and the exhaust venting off the Asetek...

If the side door fan openings are not going to be used ... would you recommend closing them off somehow or just leaving them alone...?

Personal preference here. My preference is not to go all hog wild with fans and end up making the computer sound like a swamp boat. From my own experience, bottom fan with carpetted floor is just crap (unless your tower is going to sit on your desk or shelf, etc). If you can get a fan controller, a botton, front and top turning low rpms sounds good. I used side fans only when I had a card you can cook eggs over. Or have a multi card solution (SLI, crossfire, etc). In your case, it looks like you will be running no or a low to mid card. So, I would say no need for side fans. Not sure what you mean by blocking them off, but you can always put some humidifier filter on the side to keep dust at bay. Humidifier filters procured for cheap at ace hardware or similar store. Assuming you have filters for other fan slots.
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IF I get one more fan after I get the PC... that would be 2 intake and 1 exhaust... If I have the Asetek 510LC ... and I want to "gently" overclock the 3570k 10-20% .... would this cooling setup be able to accomodate it... I'm not looking at setting any overclocking records... just crank it up a little to get the best performance I can with no (little) chance of frying anything...

I have no clue about that cooling setup. It looks like a budget, but decent liquid cooling setup. I guess as long as you do not go overboard with voltages, you should be fine.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-3570K @ 4.5 Ghz Gigabyte Z77 UD3H HIS R9-290 8 GB Samsung Wonder RAM 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial SSD for OS Samsung Spinpoint F3 Asus XSPC water block, 360 radiator, and 720 reservo... 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
GPU cooling - XSPC Razer full GPU blocks Win 7 Home Premium Asus PB278Q 2560 X 1440p ISP Logitech G15 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
NZXT Hale90 V2 NZXT Switch 810 Logitech G500 Steelseries QcK 
Audio
Optical out to Sony receiver; Deftech Monitor 3... 
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