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"Best" fan configuration for Define R3

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I'm thinking about upgrading my Fractal Design Define R-case with some more fans to reduce the temperature on my new GTX 780 resulting in a lower fan speed on my GPU which ultimately results in a lower overall noise.

The fan configuration I have at the moment is:

The 2 Define R3 stock-fans as intake-fans
2 Noctua NF P12 fans placed on my Corsair A70 CPU-cooler instead of the stock-fans that was included.
1 Noctua NF P12 in the rear as an exhaust-fan.

The available fan-slots are:

1 120/140mm in the bottom
1 120/140mm on the side panel
2 120/140mm in the top

My goal is to still have a quiet machine at idle. Which fans should I buy, how many of them and where should I place them?
Any help would be very appreciated! biggrin.gif
My aging squire
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2700K@4.8GHz Asus Sabertooth Z77 Nvidia Geforce GTX 780 Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB 2133MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung HD103SJ 1TB Intel 520 180GB Noctua NH-U14S Windows 10 Home 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2420T Qpad MK-85 Corsair AX 850W Fractal Design Define R3 
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Logitech MX 518 
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My aging squire
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2700K@4.8GHz Asus Sabertooth Z77 Nvidia Geforce GTX 780 Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB 2133MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung HD103SJ 1TB Intel 520 180GB Noctua NH-U14S Windows 10 Home 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2420T Qpad MK-85 Corsair AX 850W Fractal Design Define R3 
Mouse
Logitech MX 518 
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A good friend of mine owns a Fractal Design Define R-3 and recently had to make some airflow modifications to handle the thermals of his two new GTX 770's. First we modified the direction the CPU cooler was facing by aiming it to exhaust vertically into the top vent, we installed a Corsair AF 120 quiet edition above it in the top vent. The other modification we made was installing a second Corsair AF 120 in the side panel. Based on the thermals before the side panel fan was added, it was pretty evident that adding the side panel fan reduced thermals the most. We did observe slightly higher CPU temps, but only by 1 - 2 degrees C.

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