Originally Posted by gre3nham
Just got my new white Phantom, and I have to say, it looks kinda awesome. Could someone add me to the list of owners?
I would also like to know what you guys think is the best setup in terms of air cooling, and if someone who has cut out the fan bracket under the mesh on the side pannel could give me some pointers on how to do this, that would be greatly appreciated.
Also, does anyone know if you can plug PWM 4 pin fans (like on a CPU cooler) into the phantoms fan controller without any adverse side effects?
Thanks in advance.
First, love the purple with the white. Not sure if those are actually blue but look purple because of the camera or if they are actually purple but either way, it looks great.
Now, before you cut off the fan bracket on the side, if you are going with air cooling, that fan will become essential for providing clean, cool air to your GPUs and CPU. So don't be too quick to cut the brackets out, because once they are gone, they are gone. I have a Xigmatek 200mmX20mm mounted there with rubber mounts because the NZXT 200mmX30mm won't fit. When not running the side 200mm Xigmatek, I can't maintain a 5.0GHz overclock and keep it cool enough to run 24/7. The temps on the CPU rise about 6-9C and just as important, the temps on the Overclocked GPUs rise 15C-17C. So, for air cooling the side fan does assist.
There may be better air-cooling setups, but my set-up works for me. I did get lucky with my chip because it just "Likes" 5.0GHz. It actually runs hotter with a lower voltage at 4.9GHz, not really sure why yet, other than it really does like 5.0.
Anyway, for the best cooling effect I have found that the engineers at NZXT did a great job designing the case for cooling. All you have to do is max out the fan ports and like ChineseThunda said; set them all up as intake except for the two top 200mm and the back 120mm. Below is my configuration.
Front - 140mm Apevia at 59.6 CFM - $8.99 at TigerDirect
Side Lower - 2 X 120mm Cooler Master R4 at 90 CFM - $9.99ea at Amazon
Side - 200mm Xigmatek at 76 CFM - $18.99 at NewEgg
Top - 200mm NZXT FN-200RB at 166 CFM - $14.99ea at NewEgg
Rear - 120mm Cooler Master R4 at 90 CFM - $9.99 at Amazon
CPU Push/Pull - 2 X 120mm Cooler Master R4 at 90 CFM - $9.99ea at Amazon
Prolimatek Megahalems Rev B. CPU Cooler
The only change I might have made was that I was torn between the Megahalems and the Noctua NH-D14. In the end, I am happy with the choice I made but honestly those would be the only 2 that I would go with. I was going to go with the Hyper 212+ (Strictly because of the price to cooling ratio) but going back to the last system I built, the temps dropped 7C at full load when I swapped the Hyper 212+ out with a Megahalems so for this build I decided to stick with what I know opting for the Megahalems over the Noctua. However, I have a feeling the Noctua could shave off a few degrees. Maybe one day I will go ahead and try it, if for nothing else, just to see what it can do for future builds. Also, one other change I would make is using some 4-pin fans for the push/pulls. The Cooler Master fans I am using are 3-pin so they always run at 100%. Not such a bad thing because it does run 5.0GHz 24/7 and it's not too noisy, but it is a bit louder than I want when I'm watching a movie. Like ChineseThunda said, you could also put one of your 120mm NZXT fans in the 5.25" bay if you want, but I'm not certain that the cooling improvement would be enough to compensate for the extra noise. Plus it would only be cooling if you leave the front door open, which mine is almost always closed. If you do leave it open though and you don't mind the extra noise, I could see that this would shave off an extra 1C-2C, which might just help you to get to the next higher voltage. Hope this helps with your decision or gives you some ideas for how to set up your system.