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Best CM Storm Trooper fan configuration (with windowed side panel)?

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June 15, 2014 9:27:06 AM

I got my first build going and bought this case and was wondering what the best fan config would be for me. I left the back exhaust fan and top fan the way they were and I switched the drive cage fans around so they pull air in through the front.
I ordered a corsair h100i that I'm going to mount on top. so the top fan will be gone. I also have a gtx 760 in there and my power supply has a fan as well

I have the case sittting on the floor in a well ventilated spot.

Heres the part list:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($169.00 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($169.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($159.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($198.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $1282.41
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-15 12:24 EDT-0400
June 15, 2014 9:30:36 AM

Definetly not the best you could have gotten for your budget , but the best config would be that the rear fans and the fans on the upside of the case are set up as exhaust and the front ones are set up as intake , and the psu turned with the fan down so it doesn't bring heat in the case
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June 15, 2014 9:51:00 AM

Do you have a heat problem now?

What is your current cpu cooler?

What do you hope to accomplish with a H100I?

My canned rant on liquid cooling:
------------------------start of rant-------------------
You buy a liquid cooler to be able to extract an extra multiplier or two out of your OC.
How much do you really need?
I do not much like all in one liquid coolers when a good air cooler like a Noctua NH-D14 or phanteks can do the job just as well.
A liquid cooler will be expensive, noisy, less reliable, and will not cool any better
in a well ventilated case.
Liquid cooling is really air cooling, it just puts the heat exchange in a different place.
The orientation of the radiator will cause a problem.
If you orient it to take in cool air from the outside, you will cool the cpu better, but the hot air then circulates inside the case heating up the graphics card and motherboard.
If you orient it to exhaust(which I think is better) , then your cpu cooling will be less effective because it uses pre heated case air.
And... I have read too many tales of woe when a liquid cooler leaks.
google "H100 leak"
-----------------------end of rant--------------------------

At a basic level, a simple $30 tower type cooler with a 120mm fan will be very effective.
A top air cooler from noctua or Phanteks and a pair of 140mm fans is about as good as it gets.

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June 15, 2014 11:19:37 AM

geofelt said:
Do you have a heat problem now?

What is your current cpu cooler?

What do you hope to accomplish with a H100I?

My canned rant on liquid cooling:
------------------------start of rant-------------------
You buy a liquid cooler to be able to extract an extra multiplier or two out of your OC.
How much do you really need?
I do not much like all in one liquid coolers when a good air cooler like a Noctua NH-D14 or phanteks can do the job just as well.
A liquid cooler will be expensive, noisy, less reliable, and will not cool any better
in a well ventilated case.
Liquid cooling is really air cooling, it just puts the heat exchange in a different place.
The orientation of the radiator will cause a problem.
If you orient it to take in cool air from the outside, you will cool the cpu better, but the hot air then circulates inside the case heating up the graphics card and motherboard.
If you orient it to exhaust(which I think is better) , then your cpu cooling will be less effective because it uses pre heated case air.
And... I have read too many tales of woe when a liquid cooler leaks.
google "H100 leak"
-----------------------end of rant--------------------------

At a basic level, a simple $30 tower type cooler with a 120mm fan will be very effective.
A top air cooler from noctua or Phanteks and a pair of 140mm fans is about as good as it gets.




the current one was the stock heatsink that comes with the 8350 its small and loud and idle temps were 40C, the room its in gets kinda hot. I actually had to RMA it because it died after about 2 hours of use, it was never even put under heavy load. I decided to buy the corsair because it has good reviews and it looks a lot nicer than a bulky fan sticking out

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June 15, 2014 11:48:02 AM

Well, I certainly agree with replacing a stock cpu cooler be it intel or amd. The small fans get very noisy under load.

At the least, a $30 tower type cooler like a cm hyper212 will cool much better and the 120mm fan will be much quieter.

If you are looking for top cooling to extract the last bit of oc, then I suggest a noctua NH-D14 or Phanteks with dual 140mm fans. It will cool equally well, be quieter, cost less and be more reliable.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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