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Originally Posted by inedenimadam View Post

7970 - 60mm rad - fans must be mounted exterior
If you take the cooling shroud off (use a waterblock) you should be able to squeeze in a set of fans. Although i only tried this with a 290x and 7950, which (i think) are all the same length
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Updated my Signature with a Build Log. OP can you add to the owners list please? thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by RAFFY View Post

For 120mm and 140mm I have been looking at the BitFenix Spectre Pro Fan Series.

If silence is your priority, I don't think Noctua's fans are easily beaten. The trouble with fans is there really isn't a 'best' one, it's all a compromise between performance, noise, cost and aesthetic appeal. Not to mention the difference between higher airflow and higher static pressure etc! Having said all that, this case hasn't really been designed with super-silent gaming in mind - it's really about the airflow. There are lots of cut-outs where noise leaks through, for example.

Personally I like the Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15s. I originally bought 2 after reading many reviews, and this one springs to mind: http://martinsliquidlab.org/2013/05/07/fan-testing-round-12/. You can see the AP-15 (at 12v) achieving air velocity of ~600FPM at only 46dBA.

However, I was looking for a higher CFM rating for the 3 front intake fans, as I felt the ~60CFM on the GTs could be beaten easily. After a lot of research, it turns out that in real world applications the max figures quoted for both CFM and static pressure are really only a guide. Often they're not accurate, and even when the are they represent a point on the PQ curve that doesn't really hold any relevance for normal use. Seeing as the front intakes pull through both a dust filter and a mesh filter behind that, the higher static pressure of something like a GT actually comes in really useful. They also tend to pump out more CFM along the PQ curve than any comparable fan I've seen (it has a 'bump' on the curve that is right where real-world use comes into play) so I decided to get another 3 for the intake.

Check this out:



The compromise? Well, they're not quite as quiet as Noctuas, from what I can tell. But I game either with headphones or speakers up reasonably loud, so this isn't a dealbreaker for me. Second, while the fan looks quite nice (imho at least!) the cables aren't braided - which is inexcusable at the price point these come at - so you either need to have some clever cable routing going on or deal with multicoloured wires spoiling your case's aesthetics!
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Originally Posted by DampMonkey View Post

If you take the cooling shroud off (use a waterblock) you should be able to squeeze in a set of fans. Although i only tried this with a 290x and 7950, which (i think) are all the same length

The problem is the PCB,even if I removed the stock cooler off my 780 Lighting the PCB would still hit if I went push n pull.

It might be the longest card out right now!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 6700k Gigabyte Z170X Ultra Gaming Gigabyte 980 Ti Extreme Gaming G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 
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Intel 750 NVMe Samsung EVO EK 240 Predator Windows 10 64 Bit 
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Asus ROG Swift Corsair Strafe RGB MX Brown IN WIN Classic 750 IN WIN 805 
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Corsair Sabre RGB Corsair SP2500 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Intel 750 NVMe Samsung EVO EK 240 Predator Windows 10 64 Bit 
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Asus ROG Swift Corsair Strafe RGB MX Brown IN WIN Classic 750 IN WIN 805 
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Originally Posted by nyk20z3 View Post

The problem is the PCB,even if I removed the stock cooler off my 780 Lighting the PCB would still hit if I went push n pull.

It might be the longest card out right now!

Oops, i was referring to the person talking about a 60mm rad + fan and a tahiti card. I can't attest to a 780 lightning fit, but if its longer than a 7970 you'll only be able to fit a rad with fans on the outside. Also, the 7990 is a quarter inch longer than a lightning, i almost bought the 7990 but the pcb would be too long for my ut60
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For those water cooling this case...I am looking at starting with a CPU loop and I was going to use a dual 120mm rad on the top as exhaust. I have three 120's up front as intake as well. Would this be a problem?

My thinking is, I don't want the heat from the radiator being attached to intake fans because my GPU SLI temps are already kind of high, and I figure the increase in temp from cooling the radiator would make them worse. I think the front fans are sucking in enough air that having the CPU radiator as exhaust should be OK.
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what you guys think? Full watercooling coming ofcourse. Fx8350+crosshair v formula-z and 7850 2gb dc2 (CROSSFIREX)
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what you guys think? Full watercooling coming ofcourse. Fx8350+crosshair v formula-z and 7850 2gb dc2 (CROSSFIREX)
I like it, but the cable on the top GPU should be routed else, imo.
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Originally Posted by jameyscott View Post

I like it, but the cable on the top GPU should be routed else, imo.

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Originally Posted by gardbrede View Post

what you guys think? Full watercooling coming ofcourse. Fx8350+crosshair v formula-z and 7850 2gb dc2 (CROSSFIREX)

Id route the top gpu cable to the side so it looks doesnt stand out so much, but aside from that its nice. thumb.gif
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