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August 10, 2013 4:52:12 PM

Hello,
So I'm considering getting a H80i or just upgrading my radiator fans. I have a Asetek closed loop CPU cooler (ordered my PC from Cyberpower 2 years ago, don't know what exact model it is). The only fan that I have for it is a stock NZXT fan. Its pretty loud and doesn't do the best job. At idle Coretemp reads my CPU at 31/32. After about 20 min of Team Fortress 2 gameplay, it maxed at 43. I'm looking at the Noctua NF-P12 if I were to keep my current Asetek cooler. So, should I just upgrade my current fan? Get a new CPU cooler all together?

Motherboard- Asus M5197
RAM- Corsair dominator 8GB
HDD- 1TB Seagate Barracuda
Case- NZXT M59
Graphics- XFX 6950
CPU- AMD X6 Phenom II 1090t
PSU- Cooler Master 800w Silent Pro Gold.

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August 10, 2013 4:58:37 PM

Upgrading to the H80 probably would not be that much of an upgrade in my opinion. I would say either go with the better fans as the best option, or get something like the H100i if you have to upgrade. If you are getting temps like that you should not need a new cooler, so new fans that are quieter and better would be more cost effective.
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August 10, 2013 5:05:49 PM

There is nothing wrong with those temps, if you want to upgrade the fan then you can and you can get one for each side of the radiator if you want.
When looking for a fan you want to make sure that you get a radiator fan and you can identify those by the fact that they have a high static air pressure. Like these Corsair fans;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

One model is high performance and the other is a quiet edition but they both have high static air pressure.
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August 10, 2013 5:25:44 PM

inzone said:
There is nothing wrong with those temps, if you want to upgrade the fan then you can and you can get one for each side of the radiator if you want.
When looking for a fan you want to make sure that you get a radiator fan and you can identify those by the fact that they have a high static air pressure. Like these Corsair fans;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

One model is high performance and the other is a quiet edition but they both have high static air pressure.


inzone said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

They also have PWM control fans that you can plug into the motherboard to have the bios control the fan speed when needed.


Thanks! Both of you guys gave good advice. I'll just be replacing my current fan. Oh, I was looking at Corsair's website and they showed a diagram on how to setup an H80i. They showed the use of washers when you screw in the screws to the radiator. Should I get an extra set if want a dual 120mm configuration, or do not need them entirely?
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August 10, 2013 5:33:09 PM

What did they say was the purpose of the washers ? I don't want a space between the fan and the radiator and usually they have a rubber gasket to make a good seal between the fan and the radiator so that all the air is going through the radiator and the rubber gasket also helps with vibration noise.
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August 10, 2013 5:40:24 PM

inzone said:
What did they say was the purpose of the washers ? I don't want a space between the fan and the radiator and usually they have a rubber gasket to make a good seal between the fan and the radiator so that all the air is going through the radiator and the rubber gasket also helps with vibration noise.


Ok, sounds good. Unfortunately, they didn't say anything about the purpose of the washers. But thanks for the help! Much appreciated.
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