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Windows 7: Moving my rig into new Full tower case.

21 Jul 2010   #1

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
Moving my rig into new Full tower case.


1) Going with Corsair H50 water cooler with dual 120mm fans.
Must I draw are from outside and exhaust inside case or can I get good results drawing air inside and exhausting outside ? CPU = AMD Phenom X4 9950 2.6 quad black edition.

2) May I unplug all my sata devices and hard drives and when building back in new case must I arrange the cables in the same ports to be seen or should the system see where the OS drive is and such no matter where there plugged into ? Oh FYI 3 drives internal non raid, drive 1 has Win 7 Ult. 64 and files, drive 2 has Win XP Pro 32 and files, drive 3 has all lossless music files.

3) New case is the Thermaltake Element V Black. FYI

Thanks in advance to all that answer me !

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22 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

For your first question, you may have to play around with the config to see what gives you the best temps. The instructions state to mount the fans so that they intake air into the case (mounted in the rear).

I have a Cooler Master HAF 932 -- I have mounted the H50 and fans in the rear intaking air and exhausting air. I have also mounted the radiator and fans at the top of the case intaking and exhausting. After all of that, the best temps I get are with the fans exhausting and mounted in the rear of the case.

I don't have an answer at the moment for your second question.
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22 Jul 2010   #3

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I tried lots of configurations with my H50 and personally found I got the best temps with just the one 120mm fan drawing air in to the unit getting my Phenom II x4 965 3.4 down as low as 25C! I have two 120mm fans at the front of my case and one 80mm in the side all exhausting.

As for your second question.I'm not 100% but I don't think it matters. I have taken bits and pieces out of mine and put them in different ports before and had it work flawlessly.
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22 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro x64

Question 2; The boot order of the hard drives is controlled by the bios in newer motherboards not where they are plugged in.
You need to enter the bios and set the the boot order to what you want e.g. Floppy/cd/hard drive, then you need to set the hard drive with the OS on it to first boot hard drive.
Bottom line is if you make a diagram of where you unplugged everything and plug them back in the same places you will not have to do this.
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22 Jul 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Perfect that makes sense !
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22 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit

A rule of thumb with all builds I do is, fans mounted on the front of the case are for blowing air into the case. Rear fans are for blowing the air out of the case. Side mounted also for blowing air out of the case.
Top mounted alsom for blowing air out.
I have only built a few wayer cooled systems, but what I found was, having fresh air going through the radiator is always best. Mounting the radiator in the optical drive bay at the top (if the case has a top mounted fan setup for extraction) would be ideal as it will receive fresh air and the hot air will be drawn out by the top mounted fan.
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29 Jul 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Thanks to all who wrote with there knowledge and ideas. The build when crazy good started at 7:00pm and went to 2:00am the next Quit at 2:00 and took a good look in the morning then fired up, found a couple of issues like I'd moved my wireless card from one slot to the other and had to move it back to work. Wired up all the drives just as before and it booted flawless. I didn't have long enough power cables for the drives and 12V board but all in all it came out tidy ! What say you ? Cheers to all !
-hpim0909.jpg Old Ultra case

-hpim0910.jpg Old internals

-hpim0923.jpg New Thermaltake Element V

-hpim0924.jpg New Top view note filtered air in and 200mm out

-hpim0928.jpg New layout for internals

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29 Jul 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64

If you are using RAID, then which ports you use will matter.
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30 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

The Key to using fans is to have an even pressurized (balanced) air flow. This means the same amount of air intake as air exhaust as a basic rule. To much air intake is a positive air pressure and to much air exhaust is a negative air pressure. Too much of one or the other can harm your system. Of course you can tweak the fan settings for optimal cooling.
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31 Jul 2010   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Thank for the info. The fans total 11 including the ps and gpu. Maybe someone out there can answer this question. The H50 water cooler asks that you not plug it's fan into the cpu fan header. But with out a fan plugged into it when I use the software to check the CPU tempts the software goes freekin nuts with out detecting any rpms on the CPU ! Any thoughts, like plug any fan into it?
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