Fractal Design Define R4 fans setup?

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.
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  1. you should have 2 fans, have an input fan on the bottom and output at top rear and you'll be fine.
  2. Just leave the stock fans as they are for that setup, no need to add any
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. ok so if he had no fans his system would keep cool?

    wow
  6. 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?
  7. Azrael47 said:
    ok so if he had no fans his system would keep cool?

    wow


    read the thread... it helps.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Shaunosaurus said:
    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.


    I replaced my Fractal fans with Noctua NF-A14FLX fans...I'm using 4 of 'em (two in front as intakes, one up top as intake, and one rear as exhaust. I run all fans at 7V and find this is the best setup with this case. I did not like the Fractal fans at all....they emitted this buzzing sound which was driving me crazy. The Noctua's run quieter (i have them running at 12v and they just have a nice sound to them and they move a ton of air...at 7v they are absolutely silent). There are other fans out there that are just as quiet as Noctua's as well, but when I bought two and saw how good they perform, I just had to get two more....best fans I have ever purchased (they are ugly though which may be a turn off for some).
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