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February 9, 2014 7:24:20 PM

Hello,

Below is an example of a system I am considering building, but as you can see below I have not chosen a case, a case fan or a CPU cooler. I am completely new to this and I would like some advice about cooling. One question I have, for example, if I were to use the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, with that attached to the CPU, wouldn't the motherboard need to be laid flat instead of sideways in order to avoid having the weight of the CPU cooler pulling down on the CPU? Are there cases that allow you to lay the motherboard flat? Should I use one?

Anyway, if anyone can give me some advice about what sort of cooling I should get for this type of system including a good case, case fan (if recommended) and CPU cooler, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Sandisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($154.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($148.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($559.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1388.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-09 22:11 EST-0500)

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a b K Overclocking
February 9, 2014 7:32:36 PM

need to give a budget as well as general case size you'd like. Just go into the case section of any online store and just find something that you like the look of that has good reviews. and no, with the 212 even if your motherboard is sideways (like say a picture on a wall for reference) the 212 works just fine. it takes a lot of weight to overstress a motherboard.
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February 9, 2014 7:36:58 PM

Brantyn Gerik said:
need to give a budget as well as general case size you'd like. Just go into the case section of any online store and just find something that you like the look of that has good reviews. and no, with the 212 even if your motherboard is sideways (like say a picture on a wall for reference) the 212 works just fine. it takes a lot of weight to overstress a motherboard.


Hi, thanks for the reply. I have a reasonable overall budget to spend, but I don't need to spend any extra money on a case just because of cosmetic features or because it "looks cool" or whatever. For the case, I would say that my primary concern is that it will hold all the components I need and allow for good cooling. I'm also not overly concerned about size, but I'd rather not buy a case that is larger than it needs to be.

Thanks again.
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a b K Overclocking
February 9, 2014 7:41:11 PM

you will always be happier with a case you pick out for yourself. it really is a simple as your build will fit in pretty much any mid tower, and you can physically just look at the case in most cases to see whether or not it has good cooling. no vents on the top, well doesnt heat rise? im basically telling you to go to newegg and check out the cases. once you find one you like, then come back to see if it is an acceptable case for your build
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February 9, 2014 7:43:36 PM

Brantyn Gerik said:
you will always be happier with a case you pick out for yourself. it really is a simple as your build will fit in pretty much any mid tower, and you can physically just look at the case in most cases to see whether or not it has good cooling. no vents on the top, well doesnt heat rise? im basically telling you to go to newegg and check out the cases. once you find one you like, then come back to see if it is an acceptable case for your build


Ok, right, I understand your point. Do you have any recommendations for a CPU cooler and do you think a case fan is necessary?

Thanks again
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a b K Overclocking
February 9, 2014 7:46:49 PM

the 212 is great for an entry level air cooler. the 812 is a great air cooler for the price
anything better is going to be noctua or fantek and will be much more expensive.

also case fans are always a good thing. You NEED at least 1 intake and 1 exhause, but for example, i have a cm storm trooper case with 2 140mm fan intakes in the front, a 200mm intake on the bottom, a h80 with 2 fans on it as an intake on the back, and 2 140mm exhaust fans blowing out the top.

You will be able to determine for yourself whether or not you might want to put more than just the stock case fans on.
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February 9, 2014 7:55:06 PM

Brantyn Gerik said:
the 212 is great for an entry level air cooler. the 812 is a great air cooler for the price
anything better is going to be noctua or fantek and will be much more expensive.

also case fans are always a good thing. You NEED at least 1 intake and 1 exhause, but for example, i have a cm storm trooper case with 2 140mm fan intakes in the front, a 200mm intake on the bottom, a h80 with 2 fans on it as an intake on the back, and 2 140mm exhaust fans blowing out the top.

You will be able to determine for yourself whether or not you might want to put more than just the stock case fans on.


I see, so I want to be able to install an intake fan at the bottom of the case and an exhaust fan at the top, I hadn't thought of that.

Thanks for the help!
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a b K Overclocking
February 9, 2014 7:57:21 PM

NP honestly even if you have an intake at the front you don't really need an intake at the bottom. exhaust at the top and back for air cooling is pretty important though

what would be best for an air cooler like that though would be to have a back intake blowing directly on the cpu cooler and then a case that is capable of having 2 top exhaust fans
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February 9, 2014 8:20:19 PM

Brantyn Gerik said:
NP honestly even if you have an intake at the front you don't really need an intake at the bottom. exhaust at the top and back for air cooling is pretty important though

what would be best for an air cooler like that though would be to have a back intake blowing directly on the cpu cooler and then a case that is capable of having 2 top exhaust fans




So here's an example of a case that looks like it has an intake fan in the front and exhaust fans on the top and back of the case. Does the case normally come with these fans included or do you need to buy them separately? If the case does come with stock fans, should they be replaced?
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a b K Overclocking
February 9, 2014 8:26:45 PM

The cases you look at will tell you which fans they come with. typically cases will come with at very least the back exhaust fan. stock fans should only be replaced if you yourself find that the stock ones are too loud or not doing a proper job of moving air. this will vary from case to case as different manufacturers use different fans
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