So I am about to order the components for my new built. Among other components there will be the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3, LGA1155 motherboard, i5 2500K and the 560Ti GPU. It's all going to be packed inside the NZXT M59 case. The case comes with two 120mm fans out of the box (one fan has LEDs and is mounted at the side, the other one is the rear exhaust).
Now I would like to know if that's sufficient cooling for such rig or should I reposition one fan from the side to the front or maybe get some more fans. The mobo supports only 2 system fans so I would need to know a way to connect more than two fans to it in order to have better cooling performance.
^ I agree. You definitely need a fan or fans on the top. If you only put one fan on the top, make sure you cover the other fan grill otherwise it will mess up your airflow (the empty grate will be an intake and dust will fall in.
You might as well use as many fans as you can. They are pretty inexpensive compared to the rest of your build. Front and side are for intake. Top and back are exhaust.
Thank you both for your opinions. I already thought about connecting the fans directly to the PSU. That's simple and cheap however you don't have any control over the fans. They are running @ MAX all the time, right?
What do you think: is the fan controller a must considering the noise and power consumption all the fans would generate?
So would one fan on the side, one on the front and the rear exhaust be sufficient?
Initially, connect the additional fans directly to the PSU. Yes, they will run at full rated RPMs. 'Daisy-chaining' is connecting one fan to the second fan, the second fan to the third fan, the third fan to the fourth fan, and so on. Something like strings of Christmas lights. http://www.google.com/search?q=daisy+chaining&hl=en&rlz...
Your case already has one rear fan (absolute must), and one side fan. It is strongly recommended that you add one front fan 120mm (LED fan will be a nice touch), and two top fans 120mm (or 140mm as the video suggests).
Cooling is like money; you can never have too much!
There is a little switch connected by a short wire that you can use to can set their speed. You have to open your case to do so but it gives you a measure of control without having to use a fan controller.
I have this case with an overclocked (20%), water cooled I7-930 from Cyberpower. The radiator was installed inside just in front of the upper back exhaust fan.
I found that when playing stressful games such as Battlefield 3 that the CPU was getting above 50C. I added another fan in front of the radiator creating a push-pull fan set, all inside the case. This works great and keeps the CPU in the 45C range or below.
The fan controller that came with the system from Cyberpower was a no-name hunk of junk. I ended up taking it out and throwing it away.
I am planning on adding a fan to the top as an intake fan to increase the flow of cold air through the radiator (inside to outside).
I would advise a fan controller, no matter what. Sure, you could use a fan splitter, but to be honest, a fan controller is going to give you the best of both worlds. Performance and quiet. Coupled with some good low dB fans, you'll be getting pretty decent temps and still keeping your rig from sounding like a jet engine.