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Hey guys,

I recently acquired a Corsair H50 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=corsair%20h50 ) closed loop water cooler for my i7 975 CPU. I noticed out of the box it only comes with one fan on the radiator.

Now, what I'm planning on doing is adding a second 120mm fan to the radiator, and possibly replacing the stock one with a higher performance model.

I have a couple questions, and I hope you guys can help.

1) What orientation should I place the fans on the radiator, both blowing onto the radiator, both blowing away, or a pass through to push air away from the radiator and the case?

2) How is the stock fan? Should I replace it? If so, what 120mm fan do you recommend (The goal here is to keep my CPU temps as low as possible of course).

3) How/where should I mount the radiator on my case? Inside or out? And where? I'm currently running a CoolerMaster HAF 932 full size case.

Thanks in advance, I want to get the best performance possible, because if it works well on my system I'm going to install one on my g/f's comp as well.

-ecs
Edited by Ecstasis - 12/25/10 at 12:05pm
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post #2 of 7
Push/pull.
That way you don't negate your airflow with opposing forces, or choke airflow around the rad by having both fans blow out with no real way to get air back through the rad.

Stock is mediocre but worth replacing.
Something with a higher than average 'static pressure' is best, such as a Gentle Typhoon.

You might get better temps putting the H50 on an intake duct as you'd be pulling the cooler air from outside of the case, but it doesn't make a huge difference.
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Q1) You should do PUSH/PULL so air is pushed in one side and pulled out the other.
Q2)Unsure, Do not own one, But have seen people say they are decent but an upgrade is well recommended for maximum preformance.
Q3)Mount at the back so air is pushed out the case.

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Thanks for the advice so far, +1 for both. Will definitely go with push/pull format.

As for replacing the fans, any links on a couple good replacements?

As for mounting the radiator, my computer is in kind of a corner where the air is blown out and away and to the left of the case...anyway airflow is good back there but want to give the rad maximum exposure.
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Originally Posted by Ecstasis View Post
As for replacing the fans, any links on a couple good replacements?
This but they seem to be out of stock everywhere. If you're not in a hurry then might wanna wait for this one. They should be out soon (I believe within next month or so).
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Originally Posted by Ecstasis View Post
Thanks for the advice so far, +1 for both. Will definitely go with push/pull format.

As for replacing the fans, any links on a couple good replacements?

As for mounting the radiator, my computer is in kind of a corner where the air is blown out and away and to the left of the case...anyway airflow is good back there but want to give the rad maximum exposure.
I was running GT-AP15s when I had my H50, push/pull exhausting out the back. With fan noise it helps to use shrouds-but this usually means having to have a fan outside the case to maintain decent airflow over MOSFET heatsinks.
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You can try this method for push/pull:

http://www.overclock.net/other-hardw...lmost-any.html

A picture from DJ4g63t for demonstration:

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...club-1560.html
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