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Cutting back on fans in the name of less noise?

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February 4, 2013 3:55:26 AM

Hey folks! So I'm hoping to put together my first gaming computer soon and I've been looking into cooling options. I've done plenty of research and understand the principles, but when it gets down to the nitty-gritty details of individual systems, it always seems to come down to a matter of personal choice, preference, and opinion.

So as someone who's never really built before, I was hoping to get some advice on the matter :) 

I've been advised to invest in a heat pipe CPU cooler rather than an in-box cooling solution (even though I don't plan to overclock). But my understanding is that such a cooler would be best paired with an exhaust(?) fan mounted on the side of the case behind the motherboard. Now, I'm also thinking about bottom, front, and side intakes, plus top and rear exhausts.

That's at least 7 fans. Even with a fan controller, that's gonna be a really loud computer, and I'm not too keen on that. So where do you think I could afford to cut back? I plan to use the computer for fairly high-end gaming. It will probably be a roughly $1000 build (hopefully a little less) and I'm thinking about an i5-3570 or an AMD FX-8350 and probably the Radeon HD 7870 or 7870 LE. No SLI/Crossfire. Pretty basic system, really.

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a b K Overclocking
February 4, 2013 8:49:25 AM

It depends on what your case is on how you set up the fans a fan controller is a good idea to control the fan speeds so when just browsing turn down and silence the fans as a cpu cooler i recommend the be quiet dark rock pro http://www.scan.co.uk/products/be-quiet!-dark-rock-pro-2-cpu-cooler-with-120mm-and-135mm-silent-wings-pwm-fans its awesome cooling and very quiet fan,
To set up your case fans you'll have to say what case your getting and on a side note if you get the amd processor you will definitely want to overclock and even with the i5 eventually you willwant the extra power so good cooling is essential
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February 5, 2013 2:40:54 AM

kiezz said:
It depends on what your case is on how you set up the fans a fan controller is a good idea to control the fan speeds so when just browsing turn down and silence the fans as a cpu cooler i recommend the be quiet dark rock pro http://www.scan.co.uk/products/be-quiet!-dark-rock-pro-2-cpu-cooler-with-120mm-and-135mm-silent-wings-pwm-fans its awesome cooling and very quiet fan,
To set up your case fans you'll have to say what case your getting and on a side note if you get the amd processor you will definitely want to overclock and even with the i5 eventually you willwant the extra power so good cooling is essential


Thanks, kiezz :)  I know that my solutions will depend on the case, but unfortunately, that's one of the biggest variables/problems right now; I want to choose my case based (at least partially) on the cooling system I'm going to want to set up, so at the moment I've got very little idea of what case I want.

I'll keep the overclocking potential in mind, but since that would be down the road, I'll probably look into the additional cooling solutions at a later point if I don't need to right now. If I do get a heat pipe cooler like that "Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro," though, should I also set up an exhaust fan on the side of the case, behind the motherboard? Not many cases even have the option to do that, but there are a few... What about that bottom intake? Any thoughts on that?
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a b K Overclocking
February 5, 2013 9:55:37 AM

to be honest with you ive never seen a case that has a fan where you are talking about at the back of the mobo i don't think its necessary,
there is a couple of things to consider with air coming through a case like good airflow routes so in general you would set up any fans at top of case as exhaust and rear fans as exhaust, front side and bottom as intake (important to filter these fans) now what can also be a good idea is to provide more intake fans than exhaust to create positive air pressure in your case to help keep build up of dust to a minimum
a good solution is with 3 good quality fans have 1 rear exhaust and and 1 side intake and 1 front intake i personally feel like this is minimum in a high end situation but as you see most quality cases will also include top exhausts as well so with your fan controller you can determine the best sound/cooling ratio
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February 8, 2013 11:53:00 PM

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