I've got some questions about how best to cool a horizontal motherboard style case. I'm putting together a build using the Cooler Master HAF XB EVO
case and plan to fully air cool it. I've got an ATX board with an i7-4790k and am using the Cryorig R1 Universal
to cool it. For now I just have a single MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G
video card but plan to put a second one in within the next few months. An EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G2
is powering all this and I only have a single Samsung 850 Pro SSD and Seagate Constellation ES.3 HDD.
Cooler Master has these airflow "guides" along with the following fan capabilities:
● Top: 200mm fan x 1 (optional)
● Front: 120mm XtraFlo fan x 2, 1200 RPM, 17 dBA (installed), or 140mm fan x 2 (optional)
● Rear: 120mm fan x 1, or 80mm fan x 2 (optional)
My goal is to keep it fairly quiet without going all silent nazi on it. I'll be running a "reasonable" OC where I'll bump it up as high as it can run stable and then take it back down a couple notches (hope to end up around 4.4-4.5GHz) and don't plan on any GPU or memory OCing beyond what they come with already so I doubt that I'll be putting out a whole lot of heat. One area that does concern me is dust since I live in the opposite of a clean-room so I'd prefer to get positive pressure in the case if possible although I'm not sure how to do this without room for fans on the bottom front to pull cool air in down there.
As mentioned above, the case comes with just two XtraFlo 120mm fans and I doubt these are very good. I guess my second question after figuring out where all I need fans in order to achieve positive pressure would be which ones to go with. Fortunately, this isn't an immediate concern since I can always replace these after my build is done so if you'd rather wait and see photos of what the interior of the case looks like when filled with components then that's fine. Price shouldn't be a concern as long as you're not recommending gold coated or diamond studded fans (which would be kind of awesome). Really, I just need help figuring out which fans are good. I've read through a couple of these forum threads and am still a bit confused by all the research you OCN people put into this stuff.
So yeah, what would you recommend I do for case fans? Also, if this post should be moved somewhere else please let me know. Too many threads on air cooling to know which one to put my question in.