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Do I need extra fans?

I'm using an Antec Three Hundred Black Steel case with these parts:

i5-760
Geforce GTX 465
OCZ 4GB RAM
OCZ 600W PSU
1TB 7200 RPM Samsung F3 Spinpoint

would I need extra fans if I'm not going to be OCing my system?

This will be used mostly for work and some gaming here and there.
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  1. can't ever hurt.
  2. If you are not having temperature issues then there is no need. The 465 is a hot and power hungry card so you should check the temps under load to be sure you wont have problems.

    If you ever add a second GPU you want to budget for at least one front and the side fan.
  3. bananabombz said:
    I'm using an Antec Three Hundred Black Steel case with these parts:

    i5-760
    Geforce GTX 465
    OCZ 4GB RAM
    OCZ 600W PSU
    1TB 7200 RPM Samsung F3 Spinpoint

    would I need extra fans if I'm not going to be OCing my system?

    This will be used mostly for work and some gaming here and there.


    Run your build and put it under load

    If you are getting high temperatures, then buy some fans...
  4. You probably won't need them, but if you have problems, they might help.
  5. I'm of the view that more fans generally lowers temps and make the cpu work better. a CPU that's only 50C at load will be less stressed and last longer than one thats 60C at load
  6. Get an after-market CPU cooler, get a good fan on your side vent, in the back, and in front thats pretty much all you'll need and if you want to get extra creative and if you have space go 1 on top.
  7. Ah. If I were to buy only one more fan (right now the case comes with the fans for the top and the back) would it be better to put it on the side or the front?

    I won't be adding another gpu any time soon.

    Running the gpu under a load it goes up to 70 C max i've seen.

    CPU i'm not sure how to test the temp for that without extra tools. Or is there a built in themometer on the mobo maybe?

    I have the MSI H55-G43

    Thanks for the quick replies! =]
  8. Best answer
    I would put at least one front 120mm fan on first. The second could go on the side intake or a second front intake, you might try both and see which works better.

    Speedfan is a free utility that will read the motherboard and CPU temps.

    70 is pretty good for a GPU under full load.
  9. Ah. Got it. Thanks everyone! =]
  10. Best answer selected by bananabombz.
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