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Fractal Design Define R4 fans setup?

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July 23, 2013 1:10:39 PM

I have a i5 3550p and a Geforce GTX 760 in a Fractal Design Define R4 case. I'm wondering how much aftermarket fans I should install (if at all), where to install it, and setting which ones as intakes/exhausts. I have NO intention of overclocking or setting up my GPUs in SLI or Crossfire and be pretty much running everything stock. I have have an idea that air should flow from bottom to the top but I need a little more help.
July 23, 2013 1:13:11 PM

you should have 2 fans, have an input fan on the bottom and output at top rear and you'll be fine.
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July 23, 2013 1:20:30 PM

Just leave the stock fans as they are for that setup, no need to add any
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July 23, 2013 1:32:10 PM

input fans should be at the side/front of your case
and outlet fans should be at the top/back of your case

REMEMBER: hot air rises.
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July 23, 2013 1:33:28 PM

Azrael47 said:
input fans should be at the side/front of your case
and outlet fans should be at the top/back of your case

REMEMBER: hot air rises.


hot air rising has nothing to do with it, it has so little energy that the slowest fan would disrupt it.

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July 23, 2013 1:35:38 PM

ok so if he had no fans his system would keep cool?

wow
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July 23, 2013 1:37:00 PM

13thmonkey said:
you should have 2 fans, have an input fan on the bottom and output at top rear and you'll be fine.


13thmonkey said:
Azrael47 said:
input fans should be at the side/front of your case
and outlet fans should be at the top/back of your case

REMEMBER: hot air rises.


hot air rising has nothing to do with it, it has so little energy that the slowest fan would disrupt it.


I don't understand...What has so little energy and what's the slowest fan?

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July 24, 2013 1:55:57 AM

Azrael47 said:
ok so if he had no fans his system would keep cool?

wow


read the thread... it helps.

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July 24, 2013 1:58:11 AM

Shaunosaurus said:
13thmonkey said:
you should have 2 fans, have an input fan on the bottom and output at top rear and you'll be fine.


13thmonkey said:
Azrael47 said:
input fans should be at the side/front of your case
and outlet fans should be at the top/back of your case

REMEMBER: hot air rises.


hot air rising has nothing to do with it, it has so little energy that the slowest fan would disrupt it.


I don't understand...What has so little energy and what's the slowest fan?



the fact that hot air rises is true, but it rises so slowly that there is no benefit to working with or against it. however air in a bottom and out at the top is conventional, will cool hdd's etc. before hitting the cpu.

there have been experiments done with various settings and there was no real difference top to bottom or bottom to top.
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July 24, 2013 2:00:34 AM

The default setting is 2 fans for this case, use em as they were initially configured with the front fan as intake and the rear fan as exhaust.
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