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post #1011 of 1026 (permalink) Old 09-14-2015, 06:53 AM
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It looks like you have aftermarket GPU's rather than reference (i.e. slot blowing coolers). In this case, your cards are pulling air from below and using that to cool the card. If I am correct about the coolers, than a fan from the bottom or the sides can potentially help. Watercooling or even replacing them with reference blowers are kinda your two options for 'optimal flow'.

However, that's not viable for everyone. Also, as much as I like the 550D, it's not really a 'max airflow' designed case. It sits more on the side of people who want a more silent PC. It's possible to take out drive cages and outfit fans everywhere, but then you're kinda shooting yourself in the foot as you're taking away features, and you're adding noise to a fairly quiet case. What is your budget for a new case?

Did a little research, I am thinking of getting the Phanteks Ethoo Pro now. My 350D is hopeless in aircooled sli.



92c on the top card. Sigh hopeless..

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post #1012 of 1026 (permalink) Old 09-14-2015, 08:27 AM
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That case actually looks a bit more constrictive than the 550D. Front what I can see, the cages aren't removable, and you have no option to have a fan coming from the bottom. Is there a version with a side panel with door fans?

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post #1013 of 1026 (permalink) Old 10-07-2015, 12:41 PM
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Hi everyone,

this is a wonderful thread.

I am currently about to build my first pc.

Here is the specs I am using

i7 6700k
noctua nh-d15 cpu cooler
gtx 970 graphics
650w power supply


And of course corsair 550d case.

My concern is about cooling:

Do you think if I stick with 2 fans front intake, and 1 rear fan exhaust, will this be enough to keep everything cool?

I am aiming for quietness, and good cooling at the same time. I chose the NH-d15 cooler because it's quiet, and also I do not have to open the top cover for the fans to add quietness.

I want to replace the stock fans on the corsair 550d with Noctua Fans. Here is the calculations I did:

Corsair 550D

2 Front Stock Fan Total Specs
75.86 CFM
42 dBA
1.6 mmh2o

1 Rear Stock Back Fan
37.93 CFM
21 dBA
0.8 mmH2O

Totals Stock
113.79 CFM
63 dBA
2.4 mmh2o

2 NF-S12A FLX - Replacement for stock front fans total specs
166.4 CFM w/ 2 LNA
21.4 dBA w/ 2 LNA
1.46 mmh2o w/ 2 LNA

1 NF-A14 FLX - Replacement for stock rear fan
115.5 CFM
19.2 dBA
1.51 mmh2o


Total Noctua
306.2 CFM
47.7 dBA
3.43 mmh2o

Results favor Noctua
+192.41 CFM
-15.3 dBA
+1.03 mmh2o

Do you think everything can stay cool with 2 front noctua fans, and 1 rear noctua fan?
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That's pretty much the case' standard airflow set up, 2 fan intake and 1 fan exhaust. Replacing the stock fans with those Noctuas with lower dBA will definitely help to keep everything cool and quiet. If the way we have set it up by default kept everything relatively quiet during our own testing, then there is no reason to think that your set up wont work. I say go for it, you will be fine.

btw, pretty good job on doing the math on stock fans vs noctua fans thumb.gif
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awesome! thanks!
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awesome! thanks!

yup, no problem at all. Have fun with your build thumb.gif
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Guys I apologize for posting in the 550d club. I still dont have a 550d build. But I am interested though and as such I have questions. I hope someone can assist me.

My current system is:
I5 4690k
Maximus 7 gene
Corsair 350d matx
Seasonic 850w
16gb hyperx fury
2 gtx 980's in sli



My problem is about the temp of my current system. In sli both cards have like 3mm gap between them, this causes the top card to heat up to 85-91c while the bottom remains relatively cool at 60ish degrees. I have spent the past 2-3 weeks looking for an aircooled solution to no avail. Everyone I ask points me to get watercooling. I am not ready to go into this primarily becuase of the costs involved.

Now I see an option to change mobo and case to atx.

My question is if i change my case to the obsidian 550d(it has 2 slots for side fans btw) and retain my gene 7 matx mobo and sli two gpu's, will the gpu temps go down as there is a sidefan to help with the cooling? And if so, is this a practical long term solution? I want to save as much as possible but not to the point of compromising future performance or temp problems.

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Will obsidian 550d case help my temps on matx motherboard in sli with the cards on top of each other.

Your temps are normal for those cards in SLI. Hot but normal. The Top card will always run hot regardless of how close they are. You wont see any change changing cases to the 550D. With a Side 200mm and high static fans will help a little but the top card hitting 90c is hot but ok. nVidia's listed max temp is 98c

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I've had 550D a for the last 3 years or so. I very nice, quiet case. Unfortunately, the little tag part on the cover over the twin 120mm fans in the front has broken and it keeps on falling out when I open the front door. Corsair doesn't seem to have any replacements. any suggestions to stop it from falling out? Options on getting a 2nd hand version? Other suggestions?

Edit: I take that back. It seems that Corsair does have replacements (now). I can't tell you how many times I have looked.

Is that what I need? The part with the 'corsair' logo is all I need ... but happy to take all of it just to get that one piece.

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/obsidian-series-550d-full-plastic-fascia-with-all-plastic-bay-covers-and-intake-cover
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I've had 550D a for the last 3 years or so. I very nice, quiet case. Unfortunately, the little tag part on the cover over the twin 120mm fans in the front has broken and it keeps on falling out when I open the front door. Corsair doesn't seem to have any replacements. any suggestions to stop it from falling out? Options on getting a 2nd hand version? Other suggestions?

Edit: I take that back. It seems that Corsair does have replacements (now). I can't tell you how many times I have looked.

Is that what I need? The part with the 'corsair' logo is all I need ... but happy to take all of it just to get that one piece.

http://www.corsair.com/en-us/obsidian-series-550d-full-plastic-fascia-with-all-plastic-bay-covers-and-intake-cover
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Thx. Ordered. No more panel falling out when I open the front door! smile.gif

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