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October 31, 2012 9:09:05 PM

Hey guys I wonder if I need make this build will i need more fans? If so can i get a link to good and cheap ones and how to install them.

By the way this is my build:

Intel i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad Core
ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Mobo
Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card
Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case
XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply
LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer
Windows 7 Home Premium

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October 31, 2012 9:57:25 PM

I'd heavily recommend reading this before buying a ton of fans you don't need and will most likely not use: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cooling-airflow-hea...

You can only buy as many fans as your case has mounts for and the size does matter. Having a ton of 120mm fans won't help as much as a single 140mm or 200mm fan will.
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October 31, 2012 10:38:00 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I'd heavily recommend reading this before buying a ton of fans you don't need and will most likely not use: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cooling-airflow-hea...

You can only buy as many fans as your case has mounts for and the size does matter. Having a ton of 120mm fans won't help as much as a single 140mm or 200mm fan will.


my case has 2-3 slots for 120mm and 1 for 140mm. What should i do and does it also depend on the motherboard?
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October 31, 2012 10:58:42 PM

Your case comes with two fans one rear and one on the top both exhaust with the option to add two more 120mm fans(front and side panel). It's better to have more air going in than out of your rig so you should get the two optional fans and set them both to be intake fans. Your mobo only has two chasis fan connectors so you'll have to power them with the psu the fans should come with connectors(3 pin to molex) that you'll need. This fan comes with the connector you'll need and moves a lot of air http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I just added three fans to my case and my cpu temp went down 5c under full load and gpu went down 6c under full load.

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You can add a 140mm intake fan to the bottom of the case if you do add one there you should get a fan filter like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 31, 2012 11:28:05 PM

strife_ff7 said:
Your case comes with two fans one rear and one on the top both exhaust with the option to add two more 120mm fans(front and side panel). It's better to have more air going in than out of your rig so you should get the two optional fans and set them both to be intake fans. Your mobo only has two chasis fan connectors so you'll have to power them with the psu the fans should come with connectors(3 pin to molex) that you'll need. This fan comes with the connector you'll need and moves a lot of air http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I just added three fans to my case and my cpu temp went down 5c under full load and gpu went down 6c under full load.

***EDIT***
You can add a 140mm intake fan to the bottom of the case if you do add one there you should get a fan filter like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



so if i get a 140mm i get the filter you linked? and which 140mm fan should i get?
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October 31, 2012 11:38:56 PM

Not to buck the trend of more fans, but the 2 included will most likely be fine unless you plan lots of overclocking or cants stand ANY heat.

I had the Antec 900 and took out all but the top and rear fans with only a slight hard drive temp increase. It helped quiet it down a bit. Mind you the 900 had what was considered to be a rather large top fan(200mm iirc).

I find filtered system benefit from fans more then non filtered.

My current system just has 1 120 in and 1 120 out. And they are not even fast fans.

I would build it and see how you like it, but if you are worried, grab a basic 120mm(ball bearings last longer, but make more noise sleeve last shorter but are quieter and you can find all kinds of hybrid bearing systems) fan(1200rpm if you want it quiet.) and you can install in in different slots to see what place it does the best for you.

Remember that for all the air that the 2 other fans push out, air has to be pulled in on its own.

I would recommend fan, but i am picky as hell.

I have some "quiet" 120mm SilverStone fans that are not quiet enough, but are all in all good cheap fans. I also have some Yate Loon fans that are cheap(sleeve bearing), but work very well and are not overly loud. Noctua is considered to be the low noise goto fans. They are quiet at lower speeds and seem to work well, but you pay much more for them and then notice that your power supply and hard drives are too loud :) 
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November 1, 2012 12:10:36 AM

nukemaster is probably right two fans might be enough for your rig just move the top mounted fan to the front of the case and use it as an intake fan. Now if you plan on overclocking your gpu or you think your temps are a little too high you should add an intake fan to the side panel.
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November 1, 2012 9:58:10 AM

strife_ff7 said:
nukemaster is probably right two fans might be enough for your rig just move the top mounted fan to the front of the case and use it as an intake fan. Now if you plan on overclocking your gpu or you think your temps are a little too high you should add an intake fan to the side panel.


How would i remove.the fan? Just By unbolting it?
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November 1, 2012 11:43:10 AM

yeah, just philips(star) screws hold fans on.

I would test with the fan in both locations to see what you like best. :) 
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