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February 13, 2012 8:57:38 PM

Hello,

I just completed my first build; however, I am upgrading the video card this week and was wondering what sort of cooling I need to add to keep everything running cool.

Current Setup-
Case- CM HAF 912 (stock fans - 1x 120mm in front intake, 1x 120mm back exhaust)
Extra Fan - 1x 200mm Xigmatek top fan exhaust
CPU - i5 2500k
CPU Cooler - Stock ( I know bad - but I didn't plan to OC at first - will be upgrading to CM Hyper 212 EVO soon)
RAM - Vengeance low prof 8GB @1600mhz
SSD - Corsair Force GT 90GB
HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB
PSU - OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w
*GPU - EVGA 560 ti 448 core Classified - Installing this weekend

So I have space for 1 extra 120mm front intake or 1x 200mm front intake. Also can add a 120mm or 140mm side fan (however this vent does not have a dust filter)

Should I bother adding the extra intake fans for more cooling on the 560 ti Classy and CPU? If so, what is the optimal fan set-up for my configuration and are there any suggestions as to brand/model of 200mm front fan W/O LEDs and a side 120mm or 140mm intake fan w/ a filter?

Thanks very much. Great community.

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February 13, 2012 10:02:44 PM

It's not entirely necessary. Any results you may get would probably be marginal. Point being, feel free to add one, but if you don't you will still be fine.
a c 182 K Overclocking
February 14, 2012 4:03:34 AM

Obviously adding a new 200mm front exhaust fan will supply the stock 120mm as a possible side intake.
Don't buy a NXZT chances are it won't fit.
Really good price = usually $30 anywhere you look.
Antec Big Boy 200 200MM TriCool Case Fan 3-SPEED = have one on my 902 = quiet at all speeds
83, 108 , and 134 cfm 24, 27, and 30 dBA .08A, 0.17A, and .30A from the product literature
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=39147&vpn=Big%20Boy%
20200&manufacture=Antec
Bitfenix Spectre BFF-SCF-20020KK-RP Black 200MM Case Fan 700RPM 47.4CFM 20DBA
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=64849&vpn=BFF%2DSCF%2D...
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a b K Overclocking
February 14, 2012 4:41:12 AM

honestly id save and upgrade your cpu cooler first as just that should make more airflow then do what davcon suggested
February 14, 2012 1:42:46 PM

davcon said:
Obviously adding a new 200mm front exhaust fan will supply the stock 120mm as a possible side intake.
Don't buy a NXZT chances are it won't fit.
Really good price = usually $30 anywhere you look.
Antec Big Boy 200 200MM TriCool Case Fan 3-SPEED = have one on my 902 = quiet at all speeds
83, 108 , and 134 cfm 24, 27, and 30 dBA .08A, 0.17A, and .30A from the product literature
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=39147&vpn=Big%20Boy%
20200&manufacture=Antec
Bitfenix Spectre BFF-SCF-20020KK-RP Black 200MM Case Fan 700RPM 47.4CFM 20DBA
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=64849&vpn=BFF%2DSCF%2D...


I assume you mean the 200mm "intake" for the front right? Yes, if I get that it will allow me to move the 120mm to the side. I like the Antec fan you listed, although in reading reviews it seems it won't line up with the screw holes in my HAF 912.

If I move the 120mm to the side for extra intake, should I add a separate dust filter since there isn't one there? Any brand suggestions on that?

And I am definitely upgrading the CPU cooler ASAP.
a c 182 K Overclocking
February 14, 2012 1:52:19 PM

Filters
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
Can't tell you for sure if the Antec will fit your 912..but if you read the Ncix reviews it appears some users have successfully installed it in non-Antec cases.
One user mounted it in a HAFX.(needed to find screws though)
Not too many options for non-led 200mm fans out there = i looked!
February 14, 2012 2:07:05 PM

Thanks for the suggestion on the filters. Magnetic attachment looks convenient.

I don't understand why companies insist on placing LEDs on every single fan they make. Sure some people like it, but I'd rather not have my room lit up like an airport runway when I'm trying to sleep.

I'l ldo some more research, make a purchase, and report back with results. Thanks
February 14, 2012 2:10:58 PM

I have a very similar setup with the same case. I do have the hyper 212 + cpu cooler but don't have that top mounted fan. I have a gigabyte gtx 560 ti and even on benchmarks it never gets hot. I can run furmark for hours and it maybe hits 61 degrees, and the fan never kicks in all the way. I don't think you will need an extra case fan. I would suggest getting a cpu fan not only to keep it a bit cooler but to also be quieter.
February 14, 2012 2:16:53 PM

xtremcarl said:
I have a very similar setup with the same case. I do have the hyper 212 + cpu cooler but don't have that top mounted fan. I have a gigabyte gtx 560 ti and even on benchmarks it never gets hot. I can run furmark for hours and it maybe hits 61 degrees, and the fan never kicks in all the way. I don't think you will need an extra case fan. I would suggest getting a cpu fan not only to keep it a bit cooler but to also be quieter.


Nice, I'm debating between the 212+ and the EVO. Did you add a fan to yours to make a push/pull config?
a c 182 K Overclocking
February 14, 2012 8:51:17 PM

mavericktron said:
Nice, I'm debating between the 212+ and the EVO. Did you add a fan to yours to make a push/pull config?

Good time to buy a 212+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=41337&vpn=RR%2DB10%2D2...
The Evo isn't a significantly better cooler and last time i checked no one other then the CM Store sold the matching fan.
The matching fan for the 212+ is readily available.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57868&vpn=R4%2DBMBS%2D...
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