Originally Posted by SlackerKing
I am trying to decide if I want to air or liquid cool the CPU in the Air 240.
For liquid cooling I'm leaning toward the Corsair H100i GTX and for air cooling I'm looking at the Noctua NH-C14S.
I've never done a liquid cooled system before, so I am kind of worried about leaks on all my new parts. Supposedly these AIO liquid coolers are pretty reliable, but things do go wrong from time to time, which is why I started looking at the NH-C14S.
The case has a 120mm CPU cooler clearance and the NH-C14S has either a 115mm or 142mm height depending on how you mount the fan. You can mount the fan on the top, but that would make it too tall (142mm) for the Air 240. Or you can mount fan under the fins and it will only be 115mm tall.
My end goal is OC'ing my 6700K to around 4.5 to 4.7 GHz and need to determine which of these coolers would allow that.
Does anyone have any experience with the NH-C14S in an Air 240 with a 6700K OC'd? What GHz did you end up at? Notua's TDP chart says I can expect "medium overclocking potential" with this cooler. Whatever that means.
Same question goes for the H100i GTX, since I may go with it, once I get over my fear of leaks. lol
Here's my thoughts on cooling the case in general. Feel free to make any suggestions.With H100i GTX
- Radiator in front with fans bring air into the case
- 120mm fans in the top for exhaust. I think I can get two 15mm slim fans in there, but I may only be able to fit a single fan there.
- 120mm fans in the bottom, since I have a Mini-ITX board and should have room. But I am not sure if intake or exhaust would work better. Thoughts?
- Rear fan slots are empty, unless someone can recommend a quiet 80mm.
Pretty much the same setup, except I'd have two 120mm fans in the front instead of the radiator.Parts List
Here's my part list I'm working with, just in case it makes a difference.
- Air 240 Case (black)
- Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 ITX/ac
- 32 GB DDR-3200 (in addition to gaming, I do development work and run several virtual PC's)
- EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+
- Cooler Master JetFlo 120 (PWM) fans Red LED
I'm open to suggestions on fans for the top, bottom, and/or front based on what I said above.
Thanks in advance,
Glad to hear I am not the only one who is thinking about an air cooled "Air 240".
Also, thanks for the Noctua NH-C14S tip, I have already run into hypothetical issues in visualizing an AMD R9 390 card in there, apparently some builds of the GPU fit, while others do not, but what these guys claim is that in reality you have 120mm of working room for the width of the GPU: https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/2ovh91/gtx_970s_and_the_corsair_air_240_this_needs_to_be/
So, with the fan in the right orientation, the Noctua NH-C14S is 115 mm thick. How tall is the processor itself? I ask because it is slightly higher than the rest of the mobo right? I mean it will be a tight fit to get the window on as it is with only 5mm.
Anyway, you may have seen this but someone else did pull it off: https://techgage.com/print/corsair-carbide-air-240-chassis-review/
I was hoping to have the window be the top of my case, but starting to think the temps will be even higher in that orientation, even if I manage to get 80mm Noctua fans blowing out, and as many 120mm fans blowing in as I can manage.
I also wanted to go the micro ATX route, I am shooting for a ASUS Z170M-PLUS Micro ATX mobo will fit (same size as a build I'm using as a base), with the XFX Double Dissipation R9 390 I've picked out, but it will cut into 120mm fan space as well.