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Just in case people wanted to try and figure out the best PSU configuration for their new build I ran some wattage tests with my current build. I ended up buying a Kill-a-Watt meter to monitor my computers wattage because I wasn't able to find a definitive answer on power consumption in crossfire with O.C. + all of the extra stuff attached to my system.

I ended up running several tests to see how far I could push the meter and found that FuMark gave me the best idea of max system power consumption under load. I ended up getting my system up to 549watts but was unable to push it any higher.

Test Specifications
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Chip: AMD 1100T - O.C. 4.1Ghz
Mobo: GA-990FXA-UD5
Mem: 8GB Kingston HyperX 1600
GFX: 2x HD6950 2GB w/ 20% O.C.
HDD: Kingston 96GB + WD 2TB Caviar BL
DVD: OEM DVD burner

Cooling Devices
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4x Noctua NF-P12
4x Scythe AP15 GT
1x CM 200mm
1x Corsair Ram Dominator
1x Scythe Kama Flow II
1x Corsair H60

Peripherals
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Keyboard: Xarmor Mechanical
Mouse: Razer Mamba
Headset: Logitech G930
Case: Corsair 600T

Power Supply
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Corsair HX750 Watt

I could probably even run a 3rd card in crossfire on this power supply as long as I turned down the overclocking on my GPUs. Hope someone will find this information helpful and if anyone has a suggestion on stress testing my PSU for the most accurate reading it would be greatly appreciated.

bicen

Update: Ok, so I OC my GPUs to 880mhz with 1400mhz mem and was able to reach 650watts while running FurMark.
Edited by bicen - 9/17/11 at 1:23pm
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Here's a video of the front intake fan noise. Is it just me or is it loud? My haf932's 200mm+ fans don't make this sort of high pitched noise.


Thanks

Edit: Edit: Maybe they just are noisy fans. They push much more air then the haf 932's fans and when you put something close to them (my hand and in the front fan's scenario the mesh) where they pull air they start making noise.
Edited by eizen - 9/17/11 at 5:14pm
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I have a question for anyone who uses/used watercooling in this case. Do you think I'D have enough of 10ft of tubing?

Here is the loop: Pump/res combo > 240mm rad > cpu block > gpu block > 200mm rad > pump/res combo

I'm not sure if I have to attach a drawing of the loop. If I have to, I'll do it.

Thanks!
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post #3274 of 18217
Add me to the club please.







I purchased a set of four Cooler Master fans and restructured the airflow due to complaints I've been hearing about the top fan. I threw 2 120mm fans on the top as exhaust, and 2 120mm fans on the side as intake, which lands airflow right on the GPU.

This is the first solid PC I've ever owned, so I'm really excited. I'll add more thoughts later.
post #3275 of 18217
Quote:
Originally Posted by Evocarlos View Post
bought some more watercooling stuff for mine and just had to get the copper pipe out



gpu waterblock in the post and some fitting to for fill/drain port's
also have a load of cable brade coming from nil's over at MDPC

also need to get dvd to hdd converters the hdd's are just on a bit of foam atm
That's pretty sweet there man. Mind if I suggest that the copper pipe would look better of you painted it? Maybe black or graphite.

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Originally Posted by bicen View Post
I ended up running several tests to see how far I could push the meter and found that FuMark gave me the best idea of max system power consumption under load. I ended up getting my system up to 549watts but was unable to push it any higher.

Test Specifications
-------------------
Chip: AMD 1100T - O.C. 4.1Ghz
Mobo: GA-990FXA-UD5
Mem: 8GB Kingston HyperX 1600
GFX: 2x HD6950 2GB w/ 20% O.C.
HDD: Kingston 96GB + WD 2TB Caviar BL
DVD: OEM DVD burner

Power Supply
-------------
Corsair HX750 Watt
Update: Ok, so I OC my GPUs to 880mhz with 1400mhz mem and was able to reach 650watts while running FurMark.
That is excellent info there. Thank you for that (+ rep). I have a fan controller in my other case with a great wattage meter on it and I have been thinking about plugging it into my computer just to see what the power consumption is. Lately a few people have mentioned to me that they thought my AX750 psu might be a bit on the small side for my configuration. I had been keeping an eye on my power consumption right up until I got a new fan controller and moved the one with the wattage meter into my other case. Since then I have replaced my video cards with a 6950 and a 6970 but had not had a chance to test the power. All I could knew for sure is that the AX750 is on the list of approved power supplies for the HD6950 in crossfire, but since I'm running a 6970 and a 6950 flashed to be a 6970 I was not too sure how close to the max I was pulling from my psu.

It looks to me like I should have approximately 100W to spare, which is just about perfect. Great post there man.

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Here's a video of the front intake fan noise. Is it just me or is it loud? My haf932's 200mm+ fans don't make this sort of high pitched noise.

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Edit: Edit: Maybe they just are noisy fans. They push much more air then the haf 932's fans and when you put something close to them (my hand and in the front fan's scenario the mesh) where they pull air they start making noise.
I would call that a hum (I guess it doesn't know the words). It's a motor noise caused by a vibrating motor. I would say, as someone else discovered, that the rubber attaching your fan to the grill must be hard and not absorbing the vibrations from the fan. That's pretty bad because, the NZXT fan I use that pushed more air does not make any motor noise at all, and it is mounted directly to the mesh without any rubber at all. I would try asking Corsair if they would exchange the fan. You can try finding some foam or rubber you can cut into small pieces and use a hole punch to make a nice round hole for screws and use them between your fan and the case. You should have gotten some rubber pieces with the case. If they are in good shape you can try using them to replace the ones on the front fan, that might work too.

I have heard a lot of people complaining about front fan noise on this case lately, and not just on this site. I love Corsair cases but I think this is a pretty silly oversite. If it's all caused by poor rubber at least it's an easy fix.

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Originally Posted by V1P View Post
Hi everyone, I'm a newbie from Australia here

I can proudly say that I have read through all 325 pages of this thread and learnt a lot for my upcoming build in a 600T SE (still waiting on parts to arrive). Only 1 fact on air cooling still deludes me up until now. I really need advise on the case fans configuration for max airflow and temp.

My question would be, which fans for intake and which for exhaust?

BTW, I have a Sparkle Calibre GTX480 OC, the one that comes with the Arctic cooling fans. That means the hot air from it will be inside the case.

Looking forward to your reply, thank you.
Wow, that's quite the achievement reading all those posts. Way to go.

If I was you, with the cards you're running, I would consider Corsair George's post regarding video cards that exhaust into the case:

http://www.overclock.net/computer-ca...-club-202.html

Post #2020

Specifically this portion "For optimal cooling with the "Radial" style, side panel fans, and bottom to top can help. In some instances, turning the front fan into an exhaust and the top and side fans into intakes has dropped temps significantly in the labs.

With your cards I think I would consider using the top fans as intake (get a decent filter, or make one for the top of your case) and the front fan as exhaust. At least I'd give it a try and see how I liked it. I'm not sure though, with my case on the floor beside me. if I would like having a heat blower pointed at me.

If you're not interested in trying a reverse flow, I would stick with the standard flow but perhaps add another 120mm fan in the drive bays if you have room. This should provide more cool air pointed at you air cooler. Some of the guys here have drive bay coolers and should be able to provide you a link to one they have found works well. Another thing to consider is removing the top hard drive rack and adding a fan between the bottom rack and the 5 1/4" bays. This helps cooling the video cards.

Hope that helps.

On an off note, I can't believe how many "server errors" I'm getting while trying to use overclock.net over the last month. I used to get zero problems here and now it seems often I can't even participate in the threads I've subscribed to without running into this problem. Some times I lasts for a minute, and some times for a half hour. It's very annoying because I have to stop what I'm doing and wait. Anyone know what could be causing this? When I happens I check lots of other sites so I know it's not on my end.

On a side note....man I want that Corsair mouse. There's no way I'm going to purchase it though as I have a nine month old RAT9 and a brand new G9X.

Unless someone at Corsair would like to trade a RAT 9 I paid $180 for (including taxes) for one of those M90 mice. I promise I'll give it an honest review....
Edited by Mergatroid - 9/17/11 at 9:15pm
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Originally Posted by Evocarlos View Post
bought some more watercooling stuff for mine and just had to get the copper pipe out

ek 250 rez
ek d5 top v2
ek superem hf cu
bitspower sli fittings



gpu waterblock in the post and some fitting to for fill/drain port's
also have a load of cable brade coming from nil's over at MDPC

also need to get dvd to hdd converters the hdd's are just on a bit of foam atm
Wow, thats interesting! Does copper piping help to reduce temps compared to regular tubing?
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Wow, thats interesting! Does copper piping help to reduce temps compared to regular tubing?
It probably does, a little. It would do more if the tubing had fins, more area to disperse heat
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Considering how easy it is to solder copper, that's a very interesting idea. I think making fins and soldering them onto the copper tubes, and then painting all the exposed metal with the wrinkle black heat paint would be awesome. I know a guy who used the wrinkle black on the cooling fins on his Harley and it turned out looking great. He was really good at it though and it really looked factory when he was done.

That's a great idea, it's a wonder no one has tried it yet.
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I wonder if they make/sell finned copper tubing somewhere LOL.
But it would be even more amazing to see someone make it!

Edit: You might even be able to weld some copper coils around them as a heat sink/fins?
Edited by FlamingMidget - 9/17/11 at 10:42pm
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Originally Posted by longroadtrip View Post
exactly....of course, it could be turned into a positve pressure case by sealing up the mesh. There is a build on the corsair forums where a guy is doing just that with acrylic.

Here's the link to his build log:
http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=97641
Thanks for the link, that build log is pretty impressive.

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It is definately the loudest device in my case. I oiled the bearings in the fans a few days ago and it seems to be much quieter. I am starting to wonder whether I get better temps because of it, I need to do some testing.
exactly, it was the loudest thing in the case, so it had to go

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Originally Posted by eizen View Post
Here's a video of the front intake fan noise. Is it just me or is it loud? My haf932's 200mm+ fans don't make this sort of high pitched noise.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtqrTW01vVo

Thanks

Edit: Edit: Maybe they just are noisy fans. They push much more air then the haf 932's fans and when you put something close to them (my hand and in the front fan's scenario the mesh) where they pull air they start making noise.
I would try some 3mm weather stripping, stick that around the perimeter of the fan where it makes contact with the case. It should absorb some of the vibration, as well help pull more cold air from the outside.

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Originally Posted by rockcoeur View Post
I have a question for anyone who uses/used watercooling in this case. Do you think I'D have enough of 10ft of tubing?

Here is the loop: Pump/res combo > 240mm rad > cpu block > gpu block > 200mm rad > pump/res combo

I'm not sure if I have to attach a drawing of the loop. If I have to, I'll do it.

Thanks!
My first loop I bought 7ft. I only used half. I imagine you won't use more then 4 ft, but I guess the more you buy the more mistakes you can make without derailing the project.
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