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NZXT Phantom Cooling… Best Practices?

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May 29, 2012 4:41:53 AM

Hey Guys,

So I've got a new build and I'm not doing anything crazy or extreme, but I wanna make sure I have the right cooling config. Nothing runs too hot now, but I'd like to improve airflow regardless.

I'm running a core i5 3570K on an MSI Z77-GA45 with a Galaxy GTX 680 and a Corsair AX-850.

I'm using the stock fans that came with the case, and want to add a side 200mm fan, same for the top.

I read somewhere that the side fan could be a bad idea; I wanted to get your thoughts before buying. Also, I'm already aware that I'm stuck with NZXT's proprietary fans, is there anything I'm missing?

Thanks in advance guys!
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May 31, 2012 1:57:01 AM

The side fan could potentially be bad. I've got the phantom 410. I have a side case fan blowing in cool air directly onto my GPU. That side fan helps keep my GPU three degrees cooler during bench marking. I'd recommend you conduct a test to see if it helps or hurts your set up.
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