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Thoughts on my new build - suggestions to improve cooling further?

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#1 MrBear5587


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Posted 21 December 2013 - 21:40

Hey people,
Looking for thoughts on any ways I could improve my new build - in terms of maybe adjusting fans/extra fans or any other suggestions etc.
Here is the hardware used. Pictures below.
Corsair Vengeance C70 - Arctic White
Corsair 750 CXM Modular PSU
ASUS Z87-K Motherboard
Intel Core i5-4670K
16Gb (2x8Gb) Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz
SanDisk 256Gb SSD
WD Caviar 3Tb Storage Drive
ASUS GTX 770 2Gb DirectCU II
For cooling, so far, I have the Corsair H100 mounted at the top of the C70. Supplied 140mm fans above the radiator, as intake fans. This did concern me slightly in terms of dumping hot air into the chassis.. but It is pretty well ventilated.
I ditched 2 out of 3 of the 120mm Corsair standard fans supplied with the C70. Purchased 3 Corsair AF 140's and 4 AF 120s, configured as below. Picture attached with arrows also showing current air-flow. See below.
1x AF120 rear exhaust
1x AF120 & 1x AF140 exhaust mounted onto side window
2x AF140 intake mounted on bottom of chassis
1x AF120 intake at front of chassis (outer)
1x AF120 intake at front of chassis (outer)
1x supplied Corsair 120mm fan at front of chassis (outer)
I'm probably going to replace the last standard case-fan with another AF120. Also considering getting another 2 AF140's to mount below the radiator in push/pull.
Running stock speeds at the moment. Idle CPU temps are approximately 20C. Load is 45C max after about 1hour Prime95. Presumably this is reasonable on Haswell? Will OC in a while probably.
Any suggestions as to maybe making improvements to my current fan configuration or thoughts etc would be appreciated.
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#2 +shift.


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Posted 22 December 2013 - 00:54

There's honestly probably not much more you can do other than watercool GPU + CPU from my perspective. 

#3 OP MrBear5587


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Posted 24 December 2013 - 21:20

Cheers for the reply.
Just actually replaced the standard H110 fans with 2 Noctua NF-A14 PWM's. Not any real difference to temps, but considerably quieter.
OC'd the CPU to 42/41/40/40 on each core respectively. Getting load temperatures of around 50C. Seems okay I guess. May try to OC the CPU further in the future, but it's good for now.

#4 +zhiVago


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Posted 25 December 2013 - 06:17

What's your room temperature like?


And are you sure your top case fans suck in the air?

#5 Decebalvs Rex

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 06:46

Watercool the gpu, add some cooling on your SSD/HDD and youre maxxed out IMO.

#6 tomasse



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Posted 25 December 2013 - 07:29

From what you show, i count 10 fans and the CPU watercooler. Personally i don't see the point for all of these.

Your hardware is OK, but nothing too extreme to justify all this, unless you overclock (but even then a watercooling system would be my first choice).

I would much more prefer a FULL watercooling system, than putting a hundred fans in my system.

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