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Question About First Time Setup (NZXT Phantom 410)

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September 12, 2013 7:52:29 AM

Hey Everyone,

I'm going to build my first computer and all the parts should be here later today.

I just have some concerns on the best way to setup the fans in the case. Here's my build:

Intel Core i7-4770K
Asus Sabertooth Z87
Corsair H100i
EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000W 80 PLUS Gold
Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V
Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB SATA 6Gbps SSD
7200RPM HDD
DVD Burner
NZXT Phantom 410

Here's the default fan layout for this case:

FRONT, 2x120mm or 1 X 140mm (1x120mm included)
REAR, 1 X 120mm (included)
SIDE, 1 x 120mm or 1 x 140mm
TOP, 2 X 120/140mm (1 x 140mm included)

Here's how I plan on setting it up:

FRONT, 2x120mm or 1 X 140mm (1x120mm included) - Leave this 120mm as an intake
REAR, 1 X 120mm (included) - Leave this 120mm as an exhaust
SIDE, 1 x 120mm or 1 x 140mm - I will take the 140mm fan off the top and use it as an intake
TOP, 2 X 120/140mm (1 x 140mm included) - I'll replace the 140mm fan with the 2x 120mm fans that come with the H100i as an exhaust

Is this is a good intake/exhaust setup?
What's the best way to control all of these fans? Should I use the Corsair software for the top?
Should I connect them ALL to the fan control of the case?
Can I control ALL of them with the mobo software?

I'm confused as to the best way to set it up and I'd really appreciate some advice. Thanks!
September 12, 2013 8:00:38 AM

FRONT and RARE = most important
SIDE and TOP = second most important

Other then that build looks awesome.
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September 12, 2013 9:16:17 AM

Have two 120mm in the front bringing air in, the 140mm on the side as intake is good, 120mm in the rear as exhaust, and it's up to you if your want the 2 fans on your radiator to be intake or exhaust.

I have a H110 in my setup on the top but I have it as an intake for better CPU temps. It may make the inside of your case a little warmer which may make the GPU warmer so you might want to play around with it and see what works best for you.
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