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How much cooling do I need?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

Im using a almost new build and Im wondering how much cooling I need
SPECS:
CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K Black Edition 3.4GHz
Overclock to 4Ghz
GPU: Gigabyte AMD Radeon R9 270X 1050MHz 2GB
CASE: Corsair 750d
MOTHERBOARD: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 AMD FM2 Micro ATX
RAM: Corsair vengeance 8gb 1600Mhz
HARD DRIVE: 1TB Western Digital hard drive
Power supply: Corsair Builder Series CX 500 Watt

So as you can see my case is the Corsair 750d and Im planning to overclock my cpu to 4Ghz. Im thinking of getting a mix of 8 2000rpm 120mm and 140mm fans. Will this be enough to cool not only my Cpu but all of my system? ( I have a very good cpu cooler )
Thanks guys
post #2 of 6
The graphics card will probably be the hottest part in your build.
Since it vents the air directly into your case, you should make sure that the hot air gets vented out.

You should be fine with 3-4 fans. Target the air from front to back.
8 fans will probably be pretty awful sound-wise and are not really needed in your case.
It would be a good idea to make sure that one of the fans is cooling the HDD to ensure its long life. thumb.gif
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Corsair M4 128GB Seagate 7200.14 3TB (RAID-1) Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB (RAID-1) Silver Arrow 
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W7 64 24" Dell E248WFP Antec EarthWatts Green 380W (80+ Bronze) Enermax iVektor 
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post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hey,
Thanks for the advice, This is the first time I have built a pc ( I have only ever swapped out ram). So would you recommend a large fan on the front a couple of 120mm on the top and a good exhaust fan? Im just thinking of the best way to get the air from front to back.
Thanks so much!
post #4 of 6
i would recommend staying with the stock config and adding a 120mm on the bottom to feed more air to the GPU section. open up the GPU section alittle by removing maybe 2 expansion slot covers. that should be enough for cooling the GPU w/o starving the CPU. afaik the R9 270X is a reference blower style cooler so it's gonna be loud during gaming no matter what you do.

i would STRONGLY recommend you revisit your choice in PSU. the CX is not the best fit for the quality of equipment you are putting into this machine. last thing you should do is to skimp on your PSU. it's the 1st and last defense for your system against failures.
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I was recommended corsair for my power supply so I just picked a mid ranged one. What wattage would you suggest?
Thanks for the helps guys these forums are great!
post #6 of 6
when it comes to PSU, it's not the wattage that matters. it's all about the quality. the CX is their cheapest model... your best bet is to ask that question in the PSU section of the forum
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