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What should I do for cooling in my Corsair Carbide 500r?

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September 24, 2013 5:15:30 PM

Hi. here's my build...

Case- Corsair Carbide 500r
Mobo- MSI G45 Z87
CPU- i5-4670k
GPU- Crossfire Sapphire 7950 Flex
RAM- G.skill ripjaw 1600xmp.

Besides the fans the case came with, I currently have 1 intake fan on top. The CPU is being cooled by an old Asus Heatsink+fan combo because I couldn't mount my old Alienwares Liquid Cooler (which is really a corsair cooler with the alien logo on the block).

So my question is what would be my best option for cooling?

I'm considering putting in the H110 liquid cooler from corsair. but would I be better served putting in two exhaust fans up top? Or would a different liquid cooler be better?

I'm also going to remove the HDD cages that I'm not using right now so that the GPUs get better airflow.

With this heatsink+fan the CPU around 50-55 degrees under 50% load and when I used the OC genie button and clocked it to 4ghz I saw it reach 69 degrees under load. I want to overclock the CPU for 24/7 (maybe) and I will only OC the GPUs or even use the second one when playing very demanding games. So I want the CPU and GPUs to stay as cool as possible, both when stock and overclocked, within my funds though.

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September 24, 2013 5:26:52 PM

Pavel Pokidaylo said:


So my question is what would be my best option for cooling?

I'm considering putting in the H110 liquid cooler from corsair. but would I be better served putting in two exhaust fans up top? Or would a different liquid cooler be better?

I'm also going to remove the HDD cages that I'm not using right now so that the GPUs get better airflow.


Unless you're really pushing the overclocking, I'd stick with air cooling. You could get a Hyper 212 Plus or a Noctua and be golden. To me that would be more important for the temps of the CPU than adding more case fans at this point. If you spend less money and got an air cooling solution, you'd have the money to add more case fans as well.
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September 24, 2013 5:35:10 PM

That's what I have no clue about. I was told that Haswell runs hot, especially when overclocked and that a $40 air cooler would be the same as this old Asus heatsink+ fan. I was told that I should get a liquid cooler or atleast an air cooler which is closer to 70-80 bucks, one of those dual heatsink + dual fan air coolers.

So I don't know what to do. Would I benefit greatly from putting 2 exhaust fans up top? If so I could get one of those 80 dollar heatsink+fan coolers.
If not, then maybe it would be best to just get the H110.
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September 24, 2013 5:43:34 PM

Pavel Pokidaylo said:
That's what I have no clue about. I was told that Haswell runs hot, especially when overclocked and that a $40 air cooler would be the same as this old Asus heatsink+ fan. I was told that I should get a liquid cooler or atleast an air cooler which is closer to 70-80 bucks, one of those dual heatsink + dual fan air coolers.

So I don't know what to do. Would I benefit greatly from putting 2 exhaust fans up top? If so I could get one of those 80 dollar heatsink+fan coolers.
If not, then maybe it would be best to just get the H110.


Not knowing what cpu cooler that ASUS is, can't say. But it sounds like you need a Noctua NH-D14 if you want to up the ante on air cooling: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't think adding a couple case fans is going to help your CPU heat very much, if at all.

You could also check out a less expensive liquid cooling solution if you want to go that route: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheers
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September 24, 2013 5:50:29 PM

Yep that air cooler is the one the guy at the computer store showed me. He said that would be almost as good if not just as good as the liquid cooler.
But If I do go for the liquid cooler, if the H110 is a lot better than that cooler master than I'll probably just get that. I don't know =/

I know the case fans won't help the CPU cooling but, would placing two exhaust fans at the top help with the GPUs cooling? This is my main question here. I want to keep my CPU cool but I also want to make sure that the GPUs will stay cool.
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September 24, 2013 5:57:32 PM

Pavel Pokidaylo said:
Yep that air cooler is the one the guy at the computer store showed me. He said that would be almost as good if not just as good as the liquid cooler.
But If I do go for the liquid cooler, if the H110 is a lot better than that cooler master than I'll probably just get that. I don't know =/

I know the case fans won't help the CPU cooling but, would placing two exhaust fans at the top help with the GPUs cooling? This is my main question here. I want to keep my CPU cool but I also want to make sure that the GPUs will stay cool.


Sure, keeping ambient temperatures down inside your rig with more case fans can help GPU temps. Making sure there's good room for the airflow would be key there too.
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September 24, 2013 6:20:29 PM

That's the dilemma :) 

The case comes with 2 Intake fans in the front and one 200MM intake fan on the side as well as one exhaust fan in the back. I assume this is enough for the GPUs, but I'm no expert. If I don't really need to put exhaust fans on the top then I can just get the H110.
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September 24, 2013 6:27:40 PM

Pavel Pokidaylo said:
That's the dilemma :) 

The case comes with 2 Intake fans in the front and one 200MM intake fan on the side as well as one exhaust fan in the back. I assume this is enough for the GPUs, but I'm no expert. If I don't really need to put exhaust fans on the top then I can just get the H110.


With that much intake vs exhaust, that's quite the positive air pressure inside...but yeah if you need the top spots for a dual-rad, and really want to water cool it, go for it. Sounds like that's the way you're leaning.
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September 24, 2013 6:46:38 PM

I just want what would be best. I guess the Liquid cooler would be best for the CPU but then I can't add fans up top. I can go for that Noctua CPU cooler and that would leave room for fans. Don't know what to do :) 
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September 24, 2013 6:49:15 PM

Pavel Pokidaylo said:
I just want what would be best. I guess the Liquid cooler would be best for the CPU but then I can't add fans up top. I can go for that Noctua CPU cooler and that would leave room for fans. Don't know what to do :) 


I guess at that point, do what saves you a few bucks...both are excellent options, you can't go wrong. Don't let a lack of more fans keep you from water cooling, your GPU will be fine.
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September 24, 2013 7:00:20 PM

Yea I think so too. I just looked at the H110 and I don't think it goes on the LG1150 socket. It works for 1155 but not 1150 apparently.
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September 24, 2013 7:17:28 PM

Isn't the H110 the newer and better cooler with bigger radiator? Why would they not make it work with the LGA1150?...

What other Liquid coolers should I be looking at? Would a single radiator be good or do I want dual radiator only?

I'm a big noob :( 
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September 24, 2013 7:26:02 PM

Pavel Pokidaylo said:
Isn't the H110 the newer and better cooler with bigger radiator? Why would they not make it work with the LGA1150?...

What other Liquid coolers should I be looking at? Would a single radiator be good or do I want dual radiator only?

I'm a big noob :( 


Pretty sure the H100i is newer, and better.

Other options, probably this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

If you're going to go single rad, you might as well air cool. I doubt it would get you any difference in temps.
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September 24, 2013 7:27:05 PM

Ok thanks a lot man. Will look into it some more before I make a decision and might get back to ya on this page :) 
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September 24, 2013 7:41:24 PM

Pavel Pokidaylo said:
Ok thanks a lot man. Will look into it some more before I make a decision and might get back to ya on this page :) 


Np, glad to offer some help!
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