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Ok, I have my P180 enroute to my house now from Zipzoomfly.com. It comes with 3 120mm fans. I ordered 2 more Silvertake 120mm (110 CFM!!!) How should I set this up. I want plenty of cooling.<br><br>
Noise doesn't bother me since it will have to be an improvement on my current 4 year old pc that I can hear in the next room with it's rickety fans.<br><br>
I plan on overclocking to a moderate 24/7 level. Should I just go ahead and order 3 more Silvertakes, or is that overkill? If I should stick with what I currently have then where in the case would you position the most powerful case fans?<br><br>
Lastly, how should I control the fan speed? Software or a fan controller and which model do you recommend?<br><br>
Thanks in advance, sorry for all the questions, I am just really pumped up!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin">
 

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You should have just stuck with the stock Antec TriCool fans, they have built in 3 speed fan controllers and move plenty of air on high speed. But, the stock fans are mounted as rear and top blowhole exhausts and one is in the PSU windtunnel chamber, you can add one more 120mm fan to the front intake in the upper chamber so if you want to use that other Silvertake (are you sure that's what they're called? I think you mean Silverstone) you would have to swap it out for one of the Antec exhausts.
 

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Silverstone, you are correct...been up all night and just got done taking a 3.5 hr entrance exam (LSAT), sorry.
 

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You can stick the 2nd Silverstone in front of the gpu's for xtra cooling like this. I have one in front for intake as well. I got a couple of the multi-color tricool ones from antec for giggles bc i liked the performance and dba....the ones I bought aftermarket seem a touch stonger than the black ones that came with the case as well. Got a thermaltake thunderblade there in front of the gpu's<br><br><a href="http://www.geocities.com/veera420/PCsidefull.JPG" target="_blank">http://www.geocities.com/veera420/PCsidefull.JPG</a><br><a href="http://www.geocities.com/veera420/PCsideaction.JPG" target="_blank">http://www.geocities.com/veera420/PCsideaction.JPG</a><br><a href="http://www.geocities.com/veera420/PCvidcards.JPG" target="_blank">http://www.geocities.com/veera420/PCvidcards.JPG</a>
 
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Yep, the stock fans are okay for stock speeds. But if you are doing some OC'ing you will probably want to replace them.<br><br>
The P180 comes with 3 fans (if I recall correctly). There are stock slots for 4. I can't remember where they are when the case comes from the factory, but here is the layout:<br><br>
1-Front intake<br>
1-Rear Exhaust<br>
1-Blowhole<br>
1-PSU chamber.<br><br>
I have experimented with the stock fans as well as: Vantec, Mad Dog, Thermaltake (very loud) and Silverstone.<br><br>
IMO the silverStone FM121's are the best performers (110CFM @ 2400 rpm / 39dBa), though they work great at half-speed.<br><br>
You will probably wnat to invest in a fan controller so that you can turn the fans down when you are not stressing the system. Utils like SpeedFan are not always reliable.<br><br>
Good Luck, and enjoy a very nice case!
 
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I copied another overclock.netter's setup (Chozart) for my P180 fan layout.<br><br>
I removed the 120mm tri-cool fan in the bottom PSU chamber and place it in the front as an intake fan - after removing the middle HDD cage (as I placed all my 3.5 HDDs in the bottom chamber).<br><br>
In the bottom chamber I purchased Antec's 90mm Smart Fan and attached the fan as an intake in the front, so air would flow over the top of my two Barracudas (configured for Raid0) and then join the air being pushed out by my Seasonic. Note: there is only room for a 90mm in the bottom front thermal chamber, you can't fit a 120mm in the front.<br><br>
Currently I have my two outtake fans at the back and top set on low, my front middle intake 120mm fan set at medium. The 90mm fan at bottom for the HDDs is variable.<br><br>
Also, per rmonster's suggestions: I removed P180's outside grills for each fan exhaust - creating more CFM for each fan and reducing DBs more. Don't do this if you have children or curious pets roaming around your rig!<br><br>
So far so good - but I haven't started O'Clocking yet, so not sure how much I will need to step up fan speeds to keep my temps down. Right now - when I run hard my San Diego 4000+ maxes out at 39C, my mobo stays even cooler at 36C.
 
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Wow, some really great responses and incite. Thanks a lot, this gives me a good idea of solid foundation for cooling!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb"><br><br>
Any suggestions for the fan controller?<br><br>
I was kinda thinking about this <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813999251" target="_blank">link</a>
 

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Thx. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin"><br><br>
You know, I haven't gotten that far, but Zalman has built a good reputation and that controller looks really nice. May get one myself once I start Overclocking!
 

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Sorry for the double...<br><br>
I forgot to mention that the airbox does not come with an 80mm fan (at least mine did not <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Mad"> ).<br><br>
A regular 80mm will not work efficiently as the headroom required for air movement is taken up by the 25mm profile.<br><br>
Panaflo makes a 80mm x 15mm that fits like a glove and blows like a small squall. It is loud however...back to the fan controller for that one. Even during gaming ( FEAR, HL2:E1) I dont turn it up more that 1/3 of the way, it simply isn't required for my setup (volt-modded 7900Gt @ 62C max / 40C idle). I assume yours will be similar (as far as airflow).
 

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I could not find a Panaflo fan on Newegg.com or through Google. But, I found two other 80mm x 15mm fan's for the P180's GPU vent. For anyone else looking here are the links, should save ya searching though the huge list of 80mm x 25mm fans that newegg has.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16835119041" target="_blank">EVERCOOL EC8015 80mm Ball Case Cooling Fan</a><br><br><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16835118212" target="_blank">ZALMAN ZM-OP1 80mm 2 Ball Cooling Fan</a><br><br>
Good looking out for the clearance issue!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb">
 

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The Panaflo's on newegg: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Brand=1560&N=2010110062+50001560&Submit=ENE&Manufactory=1560&SubCategory=62" target="_blank">Link</a>.
 

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Also what about the fan controller, nobody has given advise yet on this question. What do you all suggest for multiple fans (1 rear case fan / 1 top case fan / 1 P180 GPU vent fan / CPU fan / 1 front case fan)<br />
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My build will have an Arctic Freezer 7 pro on a x1900xt, do I need to control this also via a fan control? Or can I just use software for this one? <img src="/images/smilies/confused.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Confused" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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NEvolution, the link leads to two that look to be 80mm x 25mm or 25.5mm...I was looking for the thin 80mm version (80mm x 15mm Panaflo).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">IMO the silverStone FM121's are the best performers (110CFM @ 2400 rpm / 39dBa), though they work great at half-speed.<br />
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You will probably wnat to invest in a fan controller so that you can turn the fans down when you are not stressing the system. Utils like SpeedFan are not always reliable.<br />
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</div>Just so you know you cant use just any fan controller with the SilverStones, you have to use there controller. It it configured a special way, and speedfan will not control them as its just an RPM sensor.<br />
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