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Currently I'm using water cooling, however, I'm really considering moving back to air cooling due to much lower maintenance
(I'm not really in the water cooling as I was previously ...8 years of water cooling has been enough).

The plan is to change the case and get a decent air cooler for the CPU.

The case of choice is Fractal Design Core 3300/3500. This will be modified by cutting the front panel and placing a Demciflex
filter on to boost the incoming air for the 2 140mm fans (will probably go with 140mm EK Vardars once they are available). The
look if the front panel will be similar to the Arc case.

As for CPU cooler, I will probably get the Thermalright HR-02 Macho Rev. B, so that Corsair Vengeance (tall heatspreaders) can
be used without problems.

GPU should be fine with stock cooling - Twin Frozr V cooler on MSI GTX970.

HDD cage will be removed from the case and the only HDD (Toshiba 3TB) will be mounted on the floor with rubber spacers, so
the lower front fan will cool the HDD. SSD will be installed in the back of the mother board tray.

The whole setup should be placed like the below:
2x 140mm fans in front - blowing in (EK Vardar 140mm)
1x 140mm fan on side - blowing in (EK Vardar 140mm)
1x 140mm fan in rear - blowing out (at slightly lower speed than in fans / Stock Fractal fan)
2x 140mm fans in top - blowing out (at slightly lower speed than in fans / Stock Fractal fan)



Any suggestions or recommendation will be highly appreciated.
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I'd make the side fan exhaust personally. Aside from that minor difference I like it.
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Looks good so far, I don't see anything contradictory in the suggested setup. Looks good. Maybe you want to get a fan controller though, just in case (no pun intended). Always nice having the option to drive the fans down if not needed.

UPD:
I would not put the side fan on exhaust - the general rule of thumb is to have positive air pressure inside to prevent dust coming in.
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Looks good so far, I don't see anything contradictory in the suggested setup. Looks good. Maybe you want to get a fan controller though, just in case (no pun intended). Always nice having the option to drive the fans down if not needed.

UPD:
I would not put the side fan on exhaust - the general rule of thumb is to have positive air pressure inside to prevent dust coming in.

Positive air pressure also creates hot pockets of air inside the case. I prefer a cooler case and to clean it regularly than a warmer setup.
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Fan controller is already included ...been using one for about 10 years now:thumb:

Positive air pressure is also already considered ...this is why exhaust fans will run at lower speed that incoming fans.

However, I am not sure if using a side fan will increase the overall cooling of the case or interfere with the airflow (I'm
still considering if going with the regular 3300/3500 or with windowed 3500). In my opinion, the GPU should welcome
and additional fan blowing cool air at it.
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I believe the side exhaust will help with your CPU temps at least. Your psu and gpu create heat, and if your only exhausts are the back and top that's where that heat will be leaving.


EDIT: the gpu will already have cool air coming in through the front mounted fans.
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SIde intake delivers additional cool air directly to the GPU. From my experience on air it is better to loose a bit of flow but instead have straight cool air delivered tu the GPU's. Unless you plan to heavily overclock the CPU you should not have too big problems with the flow.
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SIde intake delivers additional cool air directly to the GPU. From my experience on air it is better to loose a bit of flow but instead have straight cool air delivered tu the GPU's. Unless you plan to heavily overclock the CPU you should not have too big problems with the flow.

I disagree, the better option is to have the cool air flow in from the front, run over the gpu and then be exhausted out the side right there, without the extra travel through the case.

EDIT: Especially with the gpu cooler you have, non blower coolers dump heat from their cooling systems right into the case, I firmly believe you would be better off with the side fan as exhaust.
Edited by Cannon19932006 - 5/24/15 at 5:01am
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Positive air pressure also creates hot pockets of air inside the case. I prefer a cooler case and to clean it regularly than a warmer setup.
No, positive air pressure does not create hot pockets of air. buttkick.gif
Airflow is simply air in motion .. the act of higher pressured air moving into lower pressure area to equalize the pressure.
How the air flows through the case is what cause or removes "hot pockets" .. and "hot pockets" can be present just as easily in a case with more exhaust fan pull as they can in a case with more intake fan push. thumb.gif
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Fan controller is already included ...been using one for about 10 years now:thumb:

Positive air pressure is also already considered ...this is why exhaust fans will run at lower speed that incoming fans.

However, I am not sure if using a side fan will increase the overall cooling of the case or interfere with the airflow (I'm
still considering if going with the regular 3300/3500 or with windowed 3500). In my opinion, the GPU should welcome
and additional fan blowing cool air at it.
Forget airblow and concentrate on airflow. Case cooling is more about flowing cool air to components without it being contaminated by heated air coming off of them. This means having a little more cfm of airflow moving through the case than the components are using. The link in my sig to "Ways to Better Cooling" might be helpful.

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Thanks, Doyll.

Great advice:thumb:
...as for the top fan(s) ...would it help if the top front fan would be blowing down and supplying the CPU cooler with cooler air?


Also, I have the narrower AsRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 board that uses only 6 (7) mounts, and not 9 as the usual ATX board.
Are such narrower boards with less mount points more prone to flexing when heavier CPU coolers are installed, or are they
OK. I know that Macho is not the heaviest CPU cooler there is, but still, I'm worried that the damn thing may flex and damage
the board.
Edited by 5pellfire - 5/24/15 at 6:29am
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