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Cooling options for my setup

I've got a Corsair 300R gaming tower with a i5 4570k, Asus Z87-A and 8GB of Corsair DDR3 with all stock fans. Im looking to max out the cooling potential of this case with this setup. How would you do it?
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  1. I assume that you overclock, given the 4570k CPU. A very good CPU cooler for around 30 dollars is the Cooler Master 212 Evo. Is this in the price range that you're looking at or would you like to go with something a little more on the "Extreme Cooling" end of the spectrum? By the way, here is a link to the CPU cooler that I mentioned listed on Amazon.com:

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395710150&sr=8-1&keywords=cooler+master+212+evo
  2. And even though it is a "Compact" case design, it does appear that it can accommodate a Corsair H110 CPU cooler! This would be a 280mm radiator, which I would mount in the front of the case. Hard to believe that they made a space for that, but it clearly states that two (2) 140mm fans can be mounted in the top OR the front! Here is a link to the H110:

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Series-Performance-Liquid-Cooler/dp/B00B4OCW7K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395710465&sr=8-1&keywords=Corsair+H110
  3. I want a full case/hardware based cooling setup for the best airflow/cooling capacity if that makes any sense. Im not sure about where hotspots on the various hard parts are and stuff like that. I do overclock and I would like to not cook my new parts.lol
  4. I just got a h100 for the 4670k.
    Its refurbished and cheap, was around 50$.
    I got lucky it didnt leak and work just like new.
    60c oc underload
    pretty nice
  5. and thats all you have? Plus the two fans that come with the case?
  6. If you are worried about temperatures, I would recommend this free download. It's called HWMonitor. Basically, it gives you real time temperatures of every major component in your system. VERY useful, especially if you have temperature concerns. :)

    http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
  7. I bought 2 additional fans for 5$ each. But I actually turn them off except under loads since I dont like the noise.
    They contribute to like 2-3c only
  8. So with that case, to keep it as cool as possible, all I need is just the Corsair 110?
  9. pretty much
    Though i suggests h100i and a cheap h100 if u can get one.
    h110 is 280mm, not 240mm
  10. I won't go so far as to say "As cool as possible", but I can undoubtedly say, "Cool enough and beyond to stay within safe limits". We could sit here and come up with a $1,000.00 cooling solution, but it's totally unnecessary. That Corsair H110 is by FAR enough for your CPU. As long as you have a few fans up and running (and configured correctly), it is enough. I will send you a diagram on how to have your fans configured in your case through a private message. For the life of me I can't figure out how to post a picture that actually shows up here in the forum! LOL
  11. The only things of any importance.
    1.Gpu. Is it case exhaust or rear exhaust.
    2.HDD cages. Are they both still attached or is 1 removed.
    3.Case fans. Are they still in stock setup.
    4.Wiring. Is it your best, or is it a rats nest in there. 5.CPU cooler. What is it, where is it and are you upgrading... To what.
  12. I'm just going through my old threads and checking on the ones that aren't marked "Solution Solved" to make sure that there is nothing left that is in question. If your problem is solved, please mark it solved so that others can benefit from the thread as well. If it is indeed still unsolved, let me know and we'll see about getting it solved for you. :)
  13. dustinhunt78 said:
    I'm just going through my old threads and checking on the ones that aren't marked "Solution Solved" to make sure that there is nothing left that is in question. If your problem is solved, please mark it solved so that others can benefit from the thread as well. If it is indeed still unsolved, let me know and we'll see about getting it solved for you. :)
  14. Nope. No set solution yet
  15. Best answer
    If you want some help cooling the case temps just spending a bunch of money on a cooler won't help all that much. Good aircoolers like the Noctua NH-D14 and NH-U14S work great, sound good and are very good at blowing all that excess heat, right into your case.
    Basically a good cpu aircooler won't do anything to cool your case, in fact just the opposite.

    Case cooling is All about airflow, both intake and exhaust. Crappy exhaust and bad airflow.. your case temps gonna go up, a lot.

    What you need to look for is what sources of heat you have, namely the cpu cooler and gpu, and just where they dump all that heat and how do you get rid of it. Obstructions to airflow include HDD cages, with or without HDDs, wiring, the gpu itself, and the top of your case.

    That said, here are my suggestions:
    1. Wiring, get it out of the way, nice neat professional looking.
    2. Add 3 case fans. 2x120/140mm on side panel as intake. 1x matching 140mm (or replace with 2 matching) in front panel before hdd cage.
    3. loose the exhaust fan, wont need it
    4. Use this in push as exhaust

    Heat rises, and there will be enough intake pushed in even at low fan speeds, to create 'positive' pressure inside your case, allowing the cooler to use that to its advantage, especially being top mounted where heat tends to congregate anyways. Having the rear exhaust would only interfere with the air-flow, drawing air from the nearest cooler fan, lessening efficiency. Its a straight flow, air goes in, then out the top.

    Results are good airflow inside the case, lowering temps, cpu heat is exhausted outside the case, lowering temps, any gpu heat is dissipated throughout the case by the fans, then exhausted out.

    If you want a cool case and all components accounted for, its the way to go. If you just want a cool cpu, one of the Noctuas mentioned is an excellent choice
  16. Yingda Wang said:
    I bought 2 additional fans for 5$ each. But I actually turn them off except under loads since I dont like the noise.
    They contribute to like 2-3c only
  17. Any recommendations as to the 140mm fans? And your saying to leave the fan port on the rear of the case open?
  18. I would try to match your current intake fan, but barring that ,
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/bitfenix-case-fan-bffsprop14025kkrp
    And yes, if you go the double rad on top, pushing air out, you'll have plenty of exhaust where it counts, out the top. A rear mounted exhaust fan works great with a sealed lid, the heat sits in a layer up top, but with a vented lid like yours, the heat is trying to get out the top, and the fan is trying to suck it back sideways
  19. I personally added 2 120mm fans but I must say that the noise and money wasnt worth the result. the cooling effect was barely noticeble on cpu and gpu temp. But I do believe that if ur case is too crowded (mine only had 1 ssd and thats it) and is a hardcore OCer. The fans do help maybe cool the gpu and the chipsets on the mobo since it seems that gpu never gets enough cool air..
    But yeah, if u have a 240m rad cpu cooler, more fan would barely change ur cpu temp.
  20. Well here's the gimmick, turn your fans down. I currently run my 2x140mm intakes at 549rpm @idle. CPU 1x120mm is 458 rpm. I have a h-55 liquid cooler mounted to the top and no rear exhaust. @idle right now, cpu is 30*C motherboard is 25*C and if I get my ears close enough I will hear the electronic hum from the psu before I will hear any fan. its that silent. If I ramp my fans to max, CPU drops @3*C and motherboard drops 1*C. Not worth the noise for 3*C
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