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Corsair Carbide 500r Air Flow

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April 9, 2014 9:12:20 AM

Hello, all.

I plan on purchasing the Corsair Carbide 500r for my new rig. I picked this case because it comes with a lot of fans and I like its look. I wanted to map out the air flow of the case before I purchase it so I know what to buy. I do not plan on any liquid cooling as I will not be overclocking and I'm somewhat afraid of leaks.

The case comes with:

2 x front-mounted 120mm fans (I plan to use as intake)
1 x rear 120mm fan (I plan to use as exhaust)
1 x 200mm side panel fan (I plan to use as intake)

3 Intake
1 Exhaust


Any Suggestions?
Should I buy more fans?
Should I purchase a CPU cooler?
I know the case comes with dust filters but I'm not sure where they specifically are on the case or if I can move them around or if they're stuck where they are.
Should I purchase more dust filters and where would they best be placed?

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April 9, 2014 9:18:23 AM

7 Fans may create turbulence if not used properly as Intake or Exhaust, plus you will have to use high quality fans so they will produce minimal noise.
Best solution, 2x front intake, 1 rear exhaust, 1 top exhaust. More than 3 or 4 fans it's not worth it
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April 9, 2014 9:31:42 AM

+1 maurelie. At most, add a top exhaust in the back slot. I love my 500R and it's very cool with the stock fans and a stock 670 GPU. I leave the fan controller on low.

If you are going to overclock, you really need a CPU cooler. If not, it's not necessary but will be much quieter under CPU load (even a cheap one like mine).

The air filters are on the front two fans and the PSU intake on the bottom.

The loudest thing in my case is the GPU - highly recommend getting one with two or three fans instead the stock single fan blower (my only regret on the build).
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April 9, 2014 9:43:42 AM

Thank you guys!
Would it be foolish to just purchase a CPU cooler and not a top exhaust?
Although, I wouldn't mind purchasing both.
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April 9, 2014 10:01:30 AM

iwearbeets said:
Thank you guys!
Would it be foolish to just purchase a CPU cooler and not a top exhaust?
Although, I wouldn't mind purchasing both.


You don't need to purchase a top exhaust if you're a little concerned about cost. You can always buy one later if you're not satisfied with the airflow w/out a top exhaust.
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April 9, 2014 10:34:31 AM

I don't have any fans except the stock and it works just fine. As stated, add one later if you think you need it.
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