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Input on air cooling config in H440

post #1 of 11
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Hello Overclock community,

I would love to have your input on how I should configure my cooling on my rig I am building.

I am new to PC building so any input would be great.

The build:


CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-G1.SNIPER Z97 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB STRIX Video Card

Case: NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply


As it is now, I am thinking of putting the radiator on the top, and considering replacing the fan it comes with in the back with a corsair AF140 or AF120 in the back of the case.

However, I am not sure on which way to have the fans going for optimal airflow. Also, is a push/pull configuration viable?

Thanks for the input.
Edited by athalus101 - 6/11/15 at 2:09am
post #2 of 11
As long as you go for high static pressure fans for the radiator and use that as an exhaust, and high air flow fans in the front you'll be good.

Generally, in at the front, out at the top and back.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
How are the fans that come with the kraken? will they do the job?
post #4 of 11
If they come with the radiator they will be high static pressure fans.

It was more a point that if you choose to replace them make sure you replace them with SP ones.

Corsair do both types:

http://www.ebuyer.com/370053-corsair-sp120-120mm-high-pressure-fan-for-radiators-heatsinks-3-pin-co-9050008-ww
http://www.ebuyer.com/370054-corsair-af120-120mm-high-airflow-fan-for-case-cooling-3-pin-dual-co-9050004-ww
post #5 of 11
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How are the fans that come with the kraken? will they do the job?

They should do the job, if you have to replace them it seems a waste of money honestly. They are expensive as it is.

Considered an air cooler?

Could use the difference to upgrade to the 4790K, or bigger HDD, whatever you'd like.
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post #6 of 11
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Should I have the power supply Intake or outtake? sorry noob questions haha.
post #7 of 11
I would use high static pressure fans for case intakes as well. Grill, filter, HDD cages, etc. add up to a lot of resistance .
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by athalus101 View Post

Should I have the power supply Intake or outtake? sorry noob questions haha.

The power supply will pull air in from the bottom of the case and exhaust at the back. So it shouldn't contribute to the temperature inside the case smile.gif
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
In case I want to replace the case intake fans, should I go for 120 x 3 or 140 x 2? What are some good affordable static pressure fans?
post #10 of 11
I'm also with Casey on the air cooler instead of a CLC. They are cheaper, quieter, cool as well or better and never leak or wear out .. maybe replace the fan after 5 or 6 years.

As for intake fans, either 2x 140m or 3x 120mm It's really your choice. All my builds have case fans controlled by motherboard and sometimes GPU fan controller so they cycle and supply air as system needs it. Keeps thing cool when working hard and very quiet when it's not. wink.gif You might find the "Ways to Better Cooling" link in my sig helpful.
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