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Cooling and a H80i in a CM Storm Scout 2 Adv.

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October 15, 2013 8:13:48 PM

Hello,

I am in the predicament of trying to find the best cooling setup for a CM Storm Scout 2 Adv. build with an H80i. Primarily, I'm not quite sure where to put the H80i. Being a 120mm rad that I'd like to put in push-pull, it works out to be quite large depth-wise at about 88mm deep(38mm rad + 2x 25mm fans). This limits it to either a front mounting or a back mount. The problem with the back mount is that it would mean drawing air at the top - I'd like to keep the top 3 fans as exhaust and the bottom fans as intake, with the rad getting cool, intake air. The front mount presents the opportunity to receive intake air, but would involve removing the HDD cage and limiting my GPU to about 300mm, as well as making the tube stretch quite dicey. Either way, I am also unsure of how the rest of my fans should be laid out.

So my questions:

1. Does the cpu cooler really need intake air? Would drawing air from inside the case be ok?

2. What would be your recommended setup be?

3. Is there a better choice for a 120mm cooler than the H80i?

4. What fans would you recommend for the cooler rad? (static pressure = good, right?)

5. What fans would you recommend for the rest of the case? (more airflow/CFM = good, right?)

Case: (Circles are fan locations, all 120mm)

http://i.imgur.com/uHo0ZoI.png

OC'ing? Yes

Many thanks in advance :) 

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October 15, 2013 8:54:25 PM
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1. Yes; it is fine to draw air within the case. Most work that way unless they are front mounted.
2. 1x 120mm front intake (with HDD cage removed). Push/pull config with H80i back mounted. And if you want, 1x 120mm on side for the GPU.
3. The Corsair SP120 are good. Especially the quiet edition ones. But the performance edition are just as quiet if you down-volt them to about 9V and is also as good as the quiet edition at 12V. Noctua has a few but their color scheme are atrocious. But an option is a Noctua NF-F12.
4. Yes.
5. Yes.

If you don't plan to OC, you don't need the H80i. So I assume you bought it for the overclocking possibility.
October 15, 2013 9:20:45 PM

ksham said:
1. Yes; it is fine to draw air within the case. Most work that way unless they are front mounted.
2. 1x 120mm front intake (with HDD cage removed). Push/pull config with H80i back mounted. And if you want, 1x 120mm on side for the GPU.
3. The Corsair SP120 are good. Especially the quiet edition ones. But the performance edition are just as quiet if you down-volt them to about 9V and is also as good as the quiet edition at 12V. Noctua has a few but their color scheme are atrocious. But an option is a Noctua NF-F12.
4. Yes.
5. Yes.

If you don't plan to OC, you don't need the H80i. So I assume you bought it for the overclocking possibility.


Thanks a bunch for the replies. Yes I do plan on OC'ing, so hence the cooler. My fault on not mentioning it.

As for the H80i mounting in the back, I probably sound a bit thick-headed here but, are there considerable cooling differences in intake vs. outake for the radiator? I mean, cool, intake air would be better in cooling a radiator than warm, case air, right?
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October 15, 2013 9:33:24 PM

True, but air is a terrible heat conductor. Ever notice how long it takes air to actually turn hot food cold? It's not fast. It's like blowing a fan in your face on a hot summer's day. It's more annoying than it is helpful sometimes. The key is to have good airflow throughout your case. And good airflow does not mean loading up your case with fans. That usually results in more air turbulence, meaning air bouncing off each other and results in a lack of good airflow. You want a good stream of air going from the front to the back of the case. But you need that good airflow so heat does not get bottled up and stuck, making things even hotter. Even a fan helps in a hot room even though it doesn't really cool you. Without that fan, all the heat around you will feel like they are hugging you and making you hotter every minute.
October 15, 2013 10:42:04 PM

Alright then, I think I have my answers. Thanks a lot :) 
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