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Windows 7: Cabinet Suggestion Required

19 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Cabinet Suggestion Required

I am planning to buy a system with the following config

Corei7 950
Asus Sabertooth
6 GB RAM
GTX 460 Card

Cabinet - CM 690 II Advanced with 4 or 5 additional noctua fans.

Should I buy HAFX or HAF 922 for the above config?

I am not an overclocker and will not overclock.

Should I invest for the Cooler Master CPU Cooler? Will the CPU temp be reduced if I make use of a CPU Cooler?

Regards,
Anand


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19 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by anandntvm View Post
I am planning to buy a system with the following config

Corei7 950
Asus Sabertooth
6 GB RAM
GTX 460 Card

Cabinet - CM 690 II Advanced with 4 or 5 additional noctua fans.

Should I buy HAFX or HAF 922 for the above config?

I am not an overclocker and will not overclock.

Should I invest for the Cooler Master CPU Cooler? Will the CPU temp be reduced if I make use of a CPU Cooler?

Regards,
Anand
It won't make much of difference as long as there is some form of cooling and you don't run the CPU at 100% for hours on end. If you live in a hot country you my want to consider the extra cooling just for piece of mind. I know of several people who have had mild electrical fires/short circuits on their computers during hot weather (30ºC+).

The other thing is that having extra cooling takes up more power and unless you are using a water cooler it will be significantly noisier than a CPU cabinet with less cooling

It's down to personal preference but it shouldn't make much of a difference.

Oli
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19 Dec 2010   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

anandntvm welcome to SF,
I've always admired the CM V8 and V10 series coolers but other than that I would move directly to either a Corsair sealed water system or the Cool-It systems. The main reason is cooling capacity and noise. I would use the rear exhausting fan and the stock fan in a push pull configuration exhausting out the top or rear fan locations where possible.
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19 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

The CM690 II is a great case for the size of it. The HAF cases are quite a bit larger, so it's up to you what you prefer really. I'm planning on upgrading from the old CM690 to the CM690 II next month as it seems better for cable management etc.

If you're not going to be overclocking then the stock CPU cooler that comes with the processor will get you by. You can go for any CPU cooler that's compatible with your CPU if you like. Just find one you like and look at some reviews about it to see how it is.
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19 Dec 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

In my opinion the case and the PSU are the two lifer components and all else comes and goes, but wisely and they last a very long time and make the rest a breeze......more or less.
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19 Dec 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

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20 Dec 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Well, the Noctua's are excellent fans. I use one for my CPU, and even here we get summers well into the 40's (celcius), and indoors being into the 30's, I've never had any issues. I use a Thermaltake Element S case.
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20 Dec 2010   #8

Windows Vista Home Premium x86, Home Premium x86
 
 

For cabinets you can go for Lian-Li A71 Full tower & Lancool K62 for mid tower.
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22 Dec 2010   #9

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

If you are not going to overclock and your ambient temperatures are not EXTREMELY high, the only purpose of using aftermarket coolers is to possibly reduce noise levels.

That may be a worthwhile goal. You can get the same cooling performance and temperatures with less noise if you do some research.

Some people are more sensitive to noise than others.

Some are obsessed with knocking temps down--even when temps are well within design limits. Never mind the noise level.

Some just like to tinker and modify.

Assuming you are not building this yourself, I would buy it as is and evaluate the cooling and noise levels for a while. If you are not happy, then make a modification. It's very tough to judge what temps or noise levels might be in advance.

You may come to realize you can disconnect some of your 4 or 5 Noctuas, but it's tough to predict beforehand.
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23 Dec 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I don't change out my coolers unless I have a heat problem. I use an Antec P182 case, an Intel Quad Core Q9550 overclocked from 2.8ghz to 3.2ghz with the stock fan, I run an Nvidia 9800GTX+ GPU, 8GB of RAM, a few hard drives...and I leave all 3 of my stock case fans on the lowest possible setting. Heat has never been an issue on my box. I see absolutely no need to put more cooling into the box, it's well within spec.
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