Originally Posted by Harrywang
Inspired by your mods I decided to cancel my fractal arc midi r2 and going to order the define S to utilize the spacious unobstructed intake air flow. The sound dampening is a big bonus. I was thinking of buying the non window version for the sound dampening material instead of the window but....I said F it and decided to go all in with air cooling. I been lurking this forum the past month and air cooling is just so fascinating.
Going to order 5x noctua a-14s AND a dh-15 to replace my current hyper 212+. Going to buy a pwm splitter as well. Do you guys think this is overkill for my setup?
I have a i5 2500k that's at 4.5ghz overclock right now. Using a r9 280x that I don't overclock.
Define overkill on OC? In a 'normal' context (whatever that is) 5x A14s much be a little excessive...but you can never have too many fans. In your closet. ;-)
However 5X A14s as case fans, if run off the PWM splitter will get pretty loud when the cpu is at full load. At that point, you might be happy to know that Noctua includes a free LNA with every fan and even happier to use them. Could even use them on the D15 too. If you have clean airflow, the D15's fans won't need to spool up to 1500rpm to keep the 2500k cool.
Maybe this kit is overkill, but the fun part is you experiment and find your own ideal balance between low noise and low temps. Besides the 280x can dump over 200 watts of heat into the case, so better to err on the side of over rather than underkill.