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October 21, 2013 1:13:37 PM

Hi everyone, I just completed purchase of all my parts, listed below:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $229.00)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (Purchased For $35.00)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For $145.00)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (Purchased For $68.00)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (Purchased For $75.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $80.00)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (Purchased For $360.00)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter (Purchased For $11.00)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $60.00)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (Purchased For $59.00)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For $50.00)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (Purchased For $0.00)
Monitor: Asus VS24AH-P 24.0" Monitor (Purchased For $210.00)
Other: Surge Protector (Purchased For $18.00)
Total: $1400.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-21 16:06 EDT-0400)


My question is, do I need additional fans for my case? Corsair 400R comes with 3 120 fans, 2 intake in front and 1 exhaust in the back. I'm waiting for a HDD sale to buy another 3TB storage drive, so I will have 1 SSD and 2 mechanical drives in the front of the case. With a modest OC to both CPU and GPU, should I buy a couple more fans as exhaust on top, or use 140 fans to upgrade existing fans? If so, do you guys have any recommended fans?

Thanks for the help!

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a c 244 V Motherboard
October 21, 2013 1:18:03 PM

I'm very much of the philosophy of "Less is more".
Only add fans if needed. Try it with the stock fans, and then see if you need more.
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October 21, 2013 1:24:10 PM

Thanks for the quick reply! I think I mistakenly posted on the motherboard forum, but appreciate the help :) 

The only thing I'm really concerned about is having 3 hard drives in close proximity to each other, and having heard about a large number of HDD failure stories on Newegg, I just want to make sure I'm cooling them sufficiently. I guess I'll test out the temps and find out.
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a c 102 V Motherboard
October 21, 2013 1:25:43 PM

Agree with USAF - make sure you leave the directions (intake/exhaust) as is to maintain positive air pressure.

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a c 244 V Motherboard
October 21, 2013 1:28:22 PM

serenity2718 said:
Thanks for the quick reply! I think I mistakenly posted on the motherboard forum, but appreciate the help :) 

The only thing I'm really concerned about is having 3 hard drives in close proximity to each other, and having heard about a large number of HDD failure stories on Newegg, I just want to make sure I'm cooling them sufficiently. I guess I'll test out the temps and find out.


You hear about hard drive failures, because those are the only people that write reviews.
You never hear from the tens of thousands of others that have zero problems.
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October 21, 2013 1:33:18 PM

Right, that makes sense. Thanks guys!
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