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Poll Results: Should I add the S340 to the thread, and alter the club name?

 
  • 64% (92)
    Keep H-Series only (H630, H440, H230) for more detailed thread
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    Add the S340, alter the club name to add "S" line, because their similar products
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post #4111 of 4473
Hey guys, I'm doing a new build using the H630 as my case. Still waiting for everything to arrive but I hope to start building next week.

I started reading through this thread the other day to figure out what the ideal fan configuration would be... but I'm only on page 29 of 400!! So I figure while I continue to read, I will post my question and wait for an answer.

I'll be using a Corsair H110i GT, which has a 280mm radiator for my CPU (i5-6600K that I plan on overclocking as high as possible), and will just be going with the stock cooler on a Zotac GTX 980 Ti Amp Extreme. I've got 3 200mm fans, 5 120mm fans, and I think 1 extra 140mm fan from my old case that I could harvest. What would be the ideal placement of fans to get optimal cooling in this case?

I was originally thinking about putting the 280mm rad on the bottom as an intake, with dual 200mm fans as intake on the front, dual 200mm fans as exhaust on the top, and the rear 140 as exhaust. But after doing some more reading, I am wondering if there is a more effective way to use the fans I currently have available to me. What do you guys think? It looks like there is at least 3 years worth of trial and error in this thread, I'm sure that you guys have figured out what works best.

Anywho, I shall continue reading. I love what I have seen so far!! Oh, and does anyone know if there is a build thread for the two case mods below? I would love to read about how they did their vents.



post #4112 of 4473
I plan on getting the NZXT H440 in the near future for my new build and I'm going to replace the default fans with Corsair's Air Series LED fans. However, I have some concerns regarding the best setup.

I'll be using a Corsair H100i GTX and replacing the stock fans with LED 120mm SP fans.

1. If I use blue LED lights for the front fans, I know that the case panel blocks it from sight, but the light should still "bleed" into the case to give a blue hue, or should I not get LED fans for the front?
I am going to be using white LED fans everywhere else.

2. Is it better to mount the radiator at the top or in the front?

If I mount it top side (which was my original intention):
3. Will there be enough clearance for the motherboard (Z170-A) and the radiator + fans?
4. Should I have the fans between the radiator and the case or below the radiator (set up as exhaust obviously).
5. Would I have room to fit a 3rd 120mm fan at the top with the radiator installed?
6. As far as the front intake fans go, is it better to have 3x 120mm or 2x 140mm? Should I be using static pressure fans or high air flow fans for front intake?

If I mount the radiator in the front (using GTX 980 Ti GFX card):
7. Wouldn't more heat be going into the system this way since all the hot exhaust air of the radiator is going into the case?
8. I imagine the fans would need to be between the case and radiator as intake? Would I be able to fit a 3rd 120mm fan in the front?
9. Is it better to have 3x 120mm or 2x 140mm for the top as exhaust?

I am replacing the stock rear fan with a 140mm high air flow fan, so that is taken care of.

If you have any questions or need clarification for my setup, let me know.

Thanks.
post #4113 of 4473
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Originally Posted by philup View Post

Hey guys, I'm doing a new build using the H630 as my case. Still waiting for everything to arrive but I hope to start building next week.

*snip*

I decided on a different case, please disregard my questions!
post #4114 of 4473
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Originally Posted by Timid View Post

I plan on getting the NZXT H440 in the near future for my new build and I'm going to replace the default fans with Corsair's Air Series LED fans. However, I have some concerns regarding the best setup.
1. LED fans on the front will glow out the cutouts on the front case piece. At just the right angle you can see the fans through the side grill. As far as into the case, the light will bleed in unless you put something in the way (hard drives, radiator, res, pump). I think if you have white lights in the rest of the case it won't be a very strong effect, but some blue is going to get through.

2. Front is easier because you have a lot more space to work with. The top is limited to about 60mm height before you run into the mobo, and furthermore it is hard to have the hoses connected to the rear of the top radiator. Connections at the front works a lot easier. That said, i depends a bit what size radiator you use… you could mount a 240 on the top, a 280 on the front, and still have room for a hard drive sled and a pump/res in the front.

3. 25mm fans + 35mm radiator would work. If you are using a 120mm wide radiator it goes a bit in front of the mobo so you have more than 60mm, but how much more would really depend on what's sticking out of the board near the top edge.

4. Between radiator and case works better, fans are less efficient when pulling than when pushing.

5. Not sure what you mean by third. You can mount three 120mm fans with the radiator underneath them, or two 140mm fans without being able to add a 120mm unless you drill extra holes. If you are using a 140mm radiator on the top, you would have trouble getting a 120mm fan in front of it at all because of the fittings on the end of the rad.

6. Front intake depends a lot on what you are putting behind it. If it's a 280m radiator, definitely two 140mm fans. If you have stuff sitting on the bottom of the case that you want cooled, or you have multiple HDDs in the top slots, I would use three 120's so that the airflow is distributed more evenly across the case. For the fans I've looked at, two 140's is so close to the same CFM as three 120's that it doesn't really matter. The front flow is rather restricted, so high static is preferable to just raw airflow. That said, from tests I've seen the difference isn't all that dramatic, just don't use a fan that has really bad pressure. Also I'd point out that if you do not have a front mount radiator, you don't need very powerful fans in the front.

7. Whether you front mount or top mount, you want to have air coming into the case through the radiator. Do not push case air out through the radiator, especially if you are only using one rad. Your water-cooling is removing heat from the components that are most likely to overheat, so you want your loop to be as cool as possible. Having slightly warmer air in your case is not significant, while having warmer air on your rads means a warmer CPU.

8. Again you would want one set of fans in front of the rad, pushing in. Unlike the top, the front has plenty of room to put a second set of matching fans on the backside pulling for a bit more cooling. On the front your default choices are either two 140s or three 120s, although it would be easier to modify the front to have a 120 at the bottom with two 140's above it.

9. For the top I would use two 140s. With 120's, the front 120 is so close to the front air intake that it's not accomplishing a lot (in my case I'm sealing off the front top opening because it's not doing anything useful). The 140s would put more airflow around the mono.

If you want to use one radiator, my opinion would be to put a 280mm on the front. Four fans in push/pull, you could mod a 120mm underneath it as well (just don't use a real high airflow fan, it's going to be pretty restricted and a powerful fan is going to be really inefficient and noise at full speeds). Or else get a 360 radiator for the front, and have six 120 fans in push/pull. Either way, put a 140 on the top rear slot, and maybe one in the middle slot as well although that one doesn't exhaust as effectively. If you decide you want a bit more total radiator, I would put a 280 on the front and a 240 on the top. That still has plenty of space for fittings and other hardware, although then you probably want a powerful exhaust on the back.
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post #4115 of 4473
I'm thinking about upsizing, either 450d or h440. I'll have h100 gtx for the cpu and TWO evga hybrid coolers for my dual 980 ti.

Question is, can the h440 fit TWO SEPARATE 120mm radiators in the front? The 450d can.
post #4116 of 4473
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I'm thinking about upsizing, either 450d or h440. I'll have h100 gtx for the cpu and TWO evga hybrid coolers for my dual 980 ti.

Question is, can the h440 fit TWO SEPARATE 120mm radiators in the front? The 450d can.
I have one at the very top, pretty sure you should be able to fit another one in the bottom slot, you would be getting rid of most likely all but one HDD tray and depending how stiff those lines are compared to my H80i GT you may or may not have issues running those lines out of the basement to the card unless the rad being upside down is not an issue.
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post #4117 of 4473
No question you can mount two 120's on the front. The issue is just where you want your tubes.
A 120 rad mounted on the bottom fan has plenty of space below it for fittings. On the top fan the fittings can go on the topside, but you may run into issues as it's a lot closer to the case top than the bottom one is (mostly due to the electronics that are mounted to the topside). So I'd say your options are:
On bottom fan with fittings down, and center fan with fittings up
On bottom fan with fittings down or up, and top fan with fittings down (maybe up if they fit)

On top and center fan is less likely to work, but you could try it. I don't see how you could be unable to fit two 120s at all, the issue is really whether you expect to have a drive sled in there once the rads are in place.
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post #4118 of 4473
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Originally Posted by ghostrider85 View Post

I'm thinking about upsizing, either 450d or h440. I'll have h100 gtx for the cpu and TWO evga hybrid coolers for my dual 980 ti.

Question is, can the h440 fit TWO SEPARATE 120mm radiators in the front? The 450d can.

It definitely can. That's how I originally had my H440 set up before I did a full custom loop. I have 2 GTX 980 Hybrids, I had one res/fan in the top front slot and one in the bottom front slot so I could still use the middle HDD caddy. It worked out just fine.
post #4119 of 4473
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Originally Posted by Suffokate666 View Post

It definitely can. That's how I originally had my H440 set up before I did a full custom loop. I have 2 GTX 980 Hybrids, I had one res/fan in the top front slot and one in the bottom front slot so I could still use the middle HDD caddy. It worked out just fine.

How was your temps?
post #4120 of 4473
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How was your temps?

My angry and ever hot 4790K was in the 70s w/ the NZXT Kraken, and my 2 GPUs were generally in the mid 50s.
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