Corsair Carbide 500r

hi guys got a question, see i got a Corsair Carbide 500r case and I have only been using its stock 4 fans, 2 120mm upfront for intake, 1 200mm fan on the side as intake and 1 120mm at the back for exhaust..
now im planning to add more fans to it, probably 2 140mm fans in the top as exhaust, probably 2 in the HDD cage as intake to blow air into the mobo and video card..
a suggestion would be highly appreciated to how i can fully maximize my airflow of my case? should i replace the fans that came with it? or it is already good enough? and one thing what are the best fans to use? i was thinking of getting this fans:

this fan as intake in the HDD cage
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181028

this fan in the top as an exhaust
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181027

am i making the right decision here?
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  1. the stock fans that come with the case are good enough if you have no issue with their noise. adding more fans would create minimal impact to an already very good air flow system

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2012/02/10/the-big-cooling-investigation/1
  2. nope got no problem with it, just want to know if adding more fans or change my stock fans would create a much better airflow and could help with the temps of my computer inside,,
  3. by stock fan i mean the fans that includes with the case, and is it a good 200mm fan that comes with these case? or should i change to another 200mm fan? what brand or fan can you suggest?
  4. Well that 200mm fan its good. You dont need to replace it.

    Just FYI i got 3x Cougar Vortex. They are deadly silent and move lot of air.
  5. polod said:
    nope got no problem with it, just want to know if adding more fans or change my stock fans would create a much better airflow and could help with the temps of my computer inside,,


    adding more fans would not be worth the extra cost when you already have good airflow. the stock 200m moves plenty of air for you. remember that the case brands also sell fans, so placing fan mounts in every possible area benefits them in after market fan sales.

    when i do purchase after market fans I go with enermax, scythe, and antec. I have the corsair 400R which is basically the 500R minus the side 200m fan so I know how well those stock fans can move air. I personally did not like the noise they made so i replaced them with silent fans but like I said, if you don't have an issue with their noise then there is no need to replace them.
  6. okay thanks guys i think ill just buy 2 140mm fans for the top as an exhaust fans, cause right now i only got a 1 exhaust fan which is at the back.. is the Corsair AF140 fans any good as an exhaust for the Corsair 500r? or any brand or a particular fan that would be a great fit for it? thanks
  7. the AF140 is a fine fan and will do the job no problem.
  8. Yes they will do the job. :)

    But cougar vortex are better for vertical mount. For horizontal they make a bad noise cuz of the hydro bearnig fan.

    I have 3 and they are just great.
  9. okay thanks i think ill just stick with the AF140 series..
  10. as i study the top of the 500r, it seems its a little bit tight for the fans to fit in? should i Use the AF140 or the SP140 of corsair fans?
  11. I would choose AF
  12. okay thanks as i read that SP series fans are perfect for restricted areas of the case? dont know if the top of the corsair 500r is considered restricted?
  13. Why should it be restricted :P

    I just bought another 120 MM cougar vortex. Can be more happy.

    I had also a af140 ony my old case. They were doing pretty good.

    So u will be ok with that kinda fan !
  14. because the way the top cover of the 500r is layout? Seems very small holes and close to where the fans located or i dont know hehehe
  15. oh thanks... i was hoping i could put it at the top and not inside the case lol, i guess i have to make my way around, thanks for the help man really appreciated it..
    one last thing there is sort of a black rubber in the 120mm hole? and in the 140mm holes non? how do i transfer it? or should i be even using it? whats that for?
  16. Well u can just move that. Myabe its for the dust not to enter ? :p
  17. polod said:
    oh thanks... i was hoping i could put it at the top and not inside the case lol, i guess i have to make my way around, thanks for the help man really appreciated it..
    one last thing there is sort of a black rubber in the 120mm hole? and in the 140mm holes non? how do i transfer it? or should i be even using it? whats that for?


    those "black rubber" are rubber grommets used to quell fan vibration for noise suppression. you can simply slide then over from the 120mm mounts to the 140mm mounts or vice versa. you then screw the mounting screws into the grommets for each fan or simply take them out if you don't want to use them.
  18. okay thanks, done i have already installed 2 AF140 at the top of my corsair 500r and it looks nice, and it helps that it has a hole for cable routing.. and the front of it 2 120mm fans, with led, i think i should change it not fan of LED and i never used it anyway, what should i use AF140 again or SP120? it has a fan filter in front of it and it may restrict airflow if i use af140?
  19. That fan filter is made to blockdust not air.

    Front fans are 120MM (Based on corsair site) so you should use the 120MM one.
  20. polod said:
    okay thanks, done i have already installed 2 AF140 at the top of my corsair 500r and it looks nice, and it helps that it has a hole for cable routing.. and the front of it 2 120mm fans, with led, i think i should change it not fan of LED and i never used it anyway, what should i use AF140 again or SP120? it has a fan filter in front of it and it may restrict airflow if i use af140?


    the front of the case has a button to turn off the LED option on the 120mm fans and a control for their speed (on the right of the firewire port, just above the reset switch)

  21. yup i know that, and i always turning it of hehehe.. thats why i want to change it, because i think its a cheap fan from corsair.. my plan is to remove the upper hard drive cage to let air throw it and use a AF120 quite edition fan to blow air directly to my card, and the lower harddrive cage i will use a SP1200 quite edition fan to blow air to my hard drives, would that be alright?
  22. the AF & SP will work just fine but the 500R case fans are not as cheap as you think and will do the job too.
  23. okay thanks for the help guys much appreciated..
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