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Got a free computer case, first time build and need help with the cooling setup

Hey everyone!

First time post for a first time builder. My buddy decided to part with his Fractal Define R4 for his dream case which is the NZXT H440 Razer Special Edition. So I got this free case a few weeks ago and although I'm just now compiling a list of the parts that I can afford to put in it, I know my budget will be around $800.

He took out the stock fans so I have to buy new ones. I know I'm getting at least 1 SSD drive and one 1.5 TB drive for storage. The case has filters and I was wondering what 4 fans I should get for my case?

I'm guessing I need a static pressure fan for the hard drive cage? What else should I buy fan-wise? I probably won't be doing any liquid cooling. I also would like for the computer to be quiet.

I know this case has had some cooling issues due to the sound dampening material and solid build, so I guess I need both high performance in cooling and very quiet.

Thanks for any help you can give me. Excited to see what you all have to say.
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  1. How can we tell if you need more cooling until you provide a list of parts? Since it's a quiet case with limited cooling capabilities, you should carefully select your components accordingly.
  2. Well, looking at Pc Part Picker, this is most likely the setup I can afford right now

    CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($335.90 @ Mwave)
    CPU Cooler: be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 87.0 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($125.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($97.18 @ Mwave)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.49 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 2GB Video Card ($128.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Corsair CSM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($70.00 @ Newegg)
  3. Basically, I know that I'm going to need two fans at the very least, but since this case based on my research, appears to have cooling issues, I'd like to choose the 3-4 fans I know will probably be necessary. However, I'd like to pick the quietest and best (don't we all).
  4. Your selection of old components doesn't make much sense to me; why are you buying brand new socket 1155 components? You should buy a socket 1150 CPU and a Z97 motherboard; they won't cost more and are much better for future upgrades. Are you sure the memory only is 4GB at that cost? It should be 8GB of memory. Why the HD7770? For just a bit more you can get a newer and faster GPU. Your build is based on components that were excellent a few years ago, but newer CPUs and GPUs are better.
  5. It's been a while since I've even looked at putting a computer together. Ok. so here is something that seems better.


    **CPU** | [Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i74790k) | $299.99 @ Amazon
    **CPU Cooler** | [Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhd14) | $71.98 @ OutletPC
    **Motherboard** | [ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-fatal1tyz87killer) | $129.02 @ Newegg
    **Memory** | (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl9d8gbxl) | $76.97 @ OutletPC
    **Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd15earx) | $79.49 @ Amazon
    **Video Card** | [Asus Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-r7265dc22gd5) | $159.99 @ Amazon
    **Case** | [Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fractal-design-case-fdcadefr4bl) | $99.98 @ NCIX US
    **Power Supply** | [Corsair CSM 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply]
  6. Will you get a SSD? If not you should get a faster WD Blue or Black. What's the purpose of that build? It obviously isn't for gaming; is it for video editing?
  7. GhislainG said:
    Will you get a SSD? If not you should get a faster WD Blue or Black. What's the purpose of that build? It obviously isn't for gaming; is it for video editing?


    Already bought a Samsung 250 GB SDD
  8. I was thinking about grabbing a Cougar Vortex for the front HDD intake, a Be Quiet! Silent Wings 2 140mm 1,000 rpm fan for the front intake above the Cougar and two more Silent Wings for the exhaust fans in the top and back respectively.
  9. Still your choices of parts is very poor.

    Go for this build.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($126.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
    Storage: A-Data SP900 M.2 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.49 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($201.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec TruePower Classic 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $816.41
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-14 21:40 EST-0500
  10. KingOfTheRig said:
    GhislainG said:
    Will you get a SSD? If not you should get a faster WD Blue or Black. What's the purpose of that build? It obviously isn't for gaming; is it for video editing?


    Already bought a Samsung 250 GB SDD
    What's the purpose of that build?
  11. Video editing and graphic design work
  12. Best answer
    KingOfTheRig said:
    Video editing and graphic design work
    Your build is good, but you should buy the newer and better Fatal1ty Z97X Killer that also costs a bit less. If you can afford it, a 16GB memory kit (2 x 8GB) would be better if the software can take advantage of all available memory.
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