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July 2, 2011 3:51:37 PM

Hi guys,

I'm attempting my very first build next week, and would like some advice about cooling.
The build is primarily for high end 3d modelling and rendering on Windows 7 Ultimate. No plans to use it for gaming.
I'll overclock if necessary.

Ordering from Australia.
Will be building next weekend at the absolute latest.

Specs are as follows...

Already purchased: -
i7-2700K SB processor
ASUS P8Z68-V Pro mobo
nvidia Quadro 4000 GPU
4 x 4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz RAM

To be ordered Mon morning: -
OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" SSD for primary boot drive
WD Caviar Black 2TB 7200rpm 64MB cache SATA III HDD for general storage
Fractal Design R3 Case
Blu-Ray Pioneer BDR-205BK optical drive
Corsair AX-850 Modular PSU

What kind / how much cooling will be required for a build like this?

Also more than happy to take recommendations / suggestions about any of the parts I'm yet to order!

Cheers.
July 2, 2011 5:13:52 PM

Not an expert or anything, but here are some of my suggestions.

Noctua NH-D14
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The case comes with 3 fans which should be enough if they are any good, but if not just buy some good quality fans and you should be good.

SILVERSTONE FM121 120mm Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Scythe DFS123812-3000 "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 38 mm Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Anonymous
July 3, 2011 12:15:41 AM

Thanks for the recommendations!
Is there anything in particular I should be looking out for when it comes to choosing fans and cooling devices? Or is it purely a matter or size / aesthetics?
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July 3, 2011 1:33:52 AM

Size does matter. (Pun intended) Remember, usually larger fans are louder however, Scythe makes some Hydro-bearing fans (cooling experts, please elaborate on this. I have cheap-o Thermaltake 120's) that run very, VERY quite; If noise is a concern. Looks like a pretty nice rig though. Be sure to get a GOOD heatsink. Zalman makes some great high-performance coolers that would be worth a look. I use Zalman coolers for my Gaming/Consumer PC builds and never have any issues. They are also quite quiet.

The number one thing to keep in mind, however, is maintenance. I recommend cleaning out the case (blow out ALL the dust and clean out fans) once a month. Many will say that seems too often but, It is better to have a REALLY clean PC than an overly dust riddled one. I NEVER use the compressed air in my cases, I use an air compressor and set it to the lowest setting (somewhere like 50 psi) and keep a distance from my components. This removes all the stuck on gunk and leaves a fresh "new computer" look. I usually wait about 30 min before powering my PC on just in case some water has come out with the compressed air but, even immediate boots work. I've never had any issues after cleaning out my case.

Looks like this should be a pretty decent workstation! Enjoy! Also, don't try and game on the quadro, you will be sorely disappointed. (I know you said you won't be gaming but, this is for the less experienced that would maybe post after you impressed at a rig "going to waste" by not gaming on it)
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July 3, 2011 2:12:56 AM

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Size does matter. (Pun intended) Remember, usually larger fans are louder

Quite the opposite; larger fans (at stock settings) run at lower RPMs and therefore make less noise (usually - depends on the fan manufacturer).

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Scythe makes some Hydro-bearing fans (cooling experts, please elaborate on this. I have cheap-o Thermaltake 120's) that run very, VERY quite

Are you referring to the Gentle Typhoons? They are very quiet (recommended for near-silent watercooling rigs), though they don't push a ton of air. If you end up getting them, get the AP-15s.


As long as the case's airflow is set up efficiently, cooling shouldn't be an issue for just the CPU and GPU. I had and i7-930 + 3x470s crammed into my Raven RV02; now that's a cooling issue ;) 
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Anonymous
July 3, 2011 4:36:53 AM

That's a pretty intense system, boiler! Mine clearly pales in comparison, but it will be running 24/7 for at least the next six months and the last thing I want is to push it too far and sizzle all the components. Taking a "better safe than sorry" approach here!

Noise will definitely be a primary concern though. I'll be sitting next to this build every day (and night, probably) for at least the next six months - so I'd rather not drive myself mad with buzzing and whirring!

As for setting up the airflow efficiently... Any tips here? I opted for the modular PSU so I can cull any unnecessary cables, but is there anything else I should look out for?

Thanks for the tips puttsy. Air compressor is a good idea. We have one at work, so that should be easy enough to do.
A little bit of PC OCD is never a bad thing ;) 

Dropped into a local computer store today to check out in-stock range, and the technician said that I won't even need additional cooling for a system of my specs. There are already 2 x 120mm 1350rpm fans included in the Fractal R3 case, but I'm not convinced this is enough. Again, I'd rather be safe than sorry!
Going to have a look into the Gentle Typhoons and some Zalman coolers tonight, and see what I can come up with.

In the meantime, this is the current stock list of the place I'll most likely buy from: -
http://www.cpl.net.au/pdf/page1.pdf
Hoping to build on Wednesday or Thursday, so unfortunately my supplier options are limited by proximity and availability of parts.
But are there any cooler models listed I should avoid? Or any on the list that are particularly good?

You guys ROCK by the way. I would be one very confused little PC builder without this forum!!!
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Anonymous
July 12, 2011 11:56:07 PM

Best answer selected by oeuvre.
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July 13, 2011 12:08:51 AM

If noise is the primary concern, these Xigmatek fans would be the best option: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You can also try to get Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15s, but they're hard to find and more expensive (especially when you find any, since all of the water cooling guys want them).

The AP-15s will still push ~57 CFM, while those Xigmateks will do 61 CFM at a lower noise rating and lower price (about 1/3 the price of AP-15s). Don't know where you can get them in AU though :/ 

The important ratings on the stock fans in the R3 are the noise and CFMs. RPMs don't really mean to individual fans other than that CFM + dBA go up as RPM goes up. Obviously some are better designed than others.
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