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June 4, 2012 2:07:07 AM

I'm building a gaming computer and i have ordered the AMD Radeon HD 7870 Gigabyte Windforce Edition GPU. The other parts i am going to buy are: an Intel Core i5 3450, 4x2 GB Corsair Vengeance Blue Memory, Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H Intel Z77 Socket 1155 Motherboard, Seagate 500Gb 3.5" Barracuda Hard Drive 7200rpm 16MB Cache, 60GB SSD Corsair Force Series 3 Series SATA III - 6Gb/s Solid State Drive, Blu-Ray Reader for PC from LiteOn IHOS104-32 and a 650W Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650M Power Supply. The last thing i have to buy is the case, I've got my mind set on the Corsair Obsidian 550D as i want a case that is very quiet and looks simple, i don't want lights and windows etc. The only thing that worries me about this case is the cooling. It has that much sound proofing foam and also with small angled intakes am i going to get enough airflow to keep my parts cool. I don't want to go taking off the panels and adding extra fans as that in my opinion defeats the point of having a sound proofed case. I was planning on replacing the 2 front 120mm fans and the rear 120mm fans with Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition fans, i was also going to add one more 140mm fan to the bottom as an intake next to the PSU. I can also remove one of the hard drive bays to give a more direct airflow onto the GPU. With all of this in effect am i going to have any issues with cooling?

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June 4, 2012 2:43:22 AM

no

unless you object to paying for all those extra fans .

I'd try the case with only two stock fans running and/or learn how to do a 9 volt mod to a molex , or I'd buy a quiet case like the Antec P280
June 4, 2012 2:43:32 AM

I'm sorry but, can you make paragraphs and a parts list of the components you've listed? I've had a very long day and I find this hard to read :lol: 
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June 4, 2012 3:06:48 AM

mocchan said:
I'm sorry but, can you make paragraphs and a parts list of the components you've listed? I've had a very long day and I find this hard to read :lol: 



Intel Core i5 3450

4x2 GB Corsair Vengeance Blue Memory

Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H Intel Z77 Socket 1155 Motherboard

Seagate 500Gb 3.5" Barracuda Hard Drive 7200rpm 16MB Cache

60GB SSD Corsair Force Series 3 Series SATA III - 6Gb/s Solid State Drive

Blu-Ray Reader for PC from LiteOn IHOS104-32

650W Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650M Power Supply

AMD Radeon HD 7870 Gigabyte Windforce Edition GPU


Will i have cooling problems with the Corsair Obsidian 550D if i buy 4 new fans - Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition - 2 for the front and 1 for the bottom as intakes, one on the back as exhaust. If i need to i can remove a hard drive cage to give direct airflow on the GPU.



June 4, 2012 3:14:38 AM

JNB said:
Intel Core i5 3450

4x2 GB Corsair Vengeance Blue Memory

Gigabyte GA-Z77-DS3H Intel Z77 Socket 1155 Motherboard

Seagate 500Gb 3.5" Barracuda Hard Drive 7200rpm 16MB Cache

60GB SSD Corsair Force Series 3 Series SATA III - 6Gb/s Solid State Drive

Blu-Ray Reader for PC from LiteOn IHOS104-32

650W Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650M Power Supply

AMD Radeon HD 7870 Gigabyte Windforce Edition GPU


Will i have cooling problems with the Corsair Obsidian 550D if i buy 4 new fans - Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition - 2 for the front and 1 for the bottom as intakes, one on the back as exhaust. If i need to i can remove a hard drive cage to give direct airflow on the GPU.


Thank you very much :)  My eyes thank you too!

Actually I doubt you would have too many heat problems....but removing one of the drive cages would be something I would personally do as well. I like to have direct airflow on my GPU's.

However, other than adding in two 120mm fans on the top as an exhaust/intake, I wouldn't really add any more fans. You should be fine.
June 4, 2012 3:16:29 AM

mocchan said:
Thank you very much :)  My eyes thank you too!

Actually I doubt you would have too many heat problems....but removing one of the drive cages would be something I would personally do as well. I like to have direct airflow on my GPU's.

However, other than adding in two 120mm fans on the top as an exhaust/intake, I wouldn't really add any more fans. You should be fine.


Ah thanks, i don't want to add side or top fans as i will have to remove some of the sound foam stuff which as i want the case to be quiet i don't want to do.
June 4, 2012 3:21:57 AM

JNB said:
Ah thanks, i don't want to add side or top fans as i will have to remove some of the sound foam stuff which as i want the case to be quiet i don't want to do.

I totally get where you're coming from.

To be honest, that's just a personal preference of mine. I don't think you'll run into any issues with the case as is :) 
June 4, 2012 3:23:09 AM

Thank you for the help :) 
June 4, 2012 3:31:29 AM

You're very welcome :) 
June 4, 2012 3:50:23 AM

I think you may want 2 x 4GB memory instead of 4 x 2GB.
June 4, 2012 4:31:24 AM

Why?
June 4, 2012 4:33:14 AM

That motherboard runs in dual channel.
June 4, 2012 4:38:38 AM

If you have 4 sticks, it'll still run in dual channel. However, you may run into issues when overclocking with all your ram slots taken up.

I didn't even notice that :lol: 
June 4, 2012 4:43:21 AM

Also, 2x4GB is cheaper.
June 4, 2012 3:12:33 PM

I'm not going to be overclocking anything. My GPU is factory overclocked though, will that affect anything?
June 4, 2012 5:16:06 PM

You can OC a factory OCed GPU without touching the voltage. :) 
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