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November 27, 2012 9:40:34 PM

I'm planning to build a budget gaming pc and I'm looking at the Cooler Master 430 elite case along with a phenom ii x4 965 (at stock speeds) and a 7850. Unfortunately, other than the front intake fan, the case doesn't come with any stock fans. I'm on a really tight budget here and don't want to spend unnecessary money on extra fans. Do I need them if I'm not overclocking anything?

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November 27, 2012 9:56:19 PM

Unless you've got other plans, I would get a 120mm for the rear to act as an exhaust. That Phenom II will still kick out a lot of heat under load and a fan blowing into the case just won't be enough, you'll need an exhaust fan to remove that hot air from the case.
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November 27, 2012 10:00:36 PM

personally i would at least put a rear or top exhaust fan in

especially if you have high ambient temperatures

though you could always try it with only the front intake to see how hot it gets--if its ok then fine if not get another 120mm for exhaust
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a b ) Power supply
November 27, 2012 10:09:55 PM

You want one at the back top or top back, yes. Both those parts produce a fair bit of heat.
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November 27, 2012 10:33:08 PM

I would concur that you want to pick up a second fan. It shouldn't be to big of a price increase (~$5 for a basic 120mm fan on newegg).
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November 28, 2012 3:01:03 AM

I have that case and a Phenom II 955 but no GPU. With the Intake fan included and the mesh at the front is enough for my build. But with a GPU the temps will increase a lot, try to get another fan for the side.

Check another cases at the same price, sometimes you find something better.
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November 28, 2012 3:25:02 AM

Just move the front intake fan to the top rear spot and you should be good to go.

I have 2 exhaust fans in my case (besides the one in the PSU), 1 top and 1 rear top. I don't have any intake fans, and my temps are as follows:

Core i5 2500 at 3,5Ghz with CM 212 Hyper Evo - Idle/load:

28c/42c

HDDs:

Disk 1: W.D. 1Tb Caviar black: 36c

Disk 2: W.D. Velociraptor 600Gb: 30c

GTX 660 Idle/Load:

32c/58c

Settle with the 1 fan that comes with the case as exhaust for now, and add another one later IMHO.




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