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Windows 7: What is the total number of fans in your rig.


05 May 2012   #21

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It seems that there are as many cooling preferences as fan makes and models. I think the absolute minimum number of case fans should be two, one intake and one exhaust.

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05 May 2012   #22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

^ 2 is certainly a good recommendation and like you said an intake and exhaust. This new box where I am going to only start with 1 fan, is a file server, with a low power Core i3-2100t, I will be using onboard video, no extra cards, 2 hard drives and a 430 watt corsair power supply. This thing won't be able to make much heat. If I do have an issue, I plan to add a single intake to the front.
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05 May 2012   #23

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I've got 5 case fans, 3x 230mm and 2x 120mm.
And a fan on the PSU and GPU


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05 May 2012   #24

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pparks1, I can understand the use of just one fan to exhaust and just let the air flow in to fill the low pressure area. Like you mentioned a server wont have near the temps to contend with that most of our OC's enthusiast rigs will.

Zepher, Nice balance of air flow and quiet in your rig.
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05 May 2012   #25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
pparks1, I can understand the use of just one fan to exhaust and just let the air flow in to fill the low pressure area. Like you mentioned a server wont have near the temps to contend with that most of our OC's enthusiast rigs will.
I'm sure there is somebody here who would insist on 7 case fans though and probably a Corsair H100 in a push/pull config with Noctua fans or something...minimum :
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06 May 2012   #26

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2 Noctua 120mm intake in the front. 1 Noctua 120mm exhaust in the back. 1 140mm Noctua on top. 1 120mm Noctua PWM on the CPU cooler. There's a fan in the PSU. I have a custom radiator on the GPU, so that one's gone. That's 6. Almost silent, and always good temps. A Guy
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06 May 2012   #27

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

I have just the one ! apart from the inbuilt PSU, graphics and stock CPU coolers.
I had 2 but decided the case ventilation was sufficient to try and make things quieter, so took the front bottom in fan out of the case, not a single change in temps.
BTW I play a lot of very recent games too.
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06 May 2012   #28

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Thank goodness we're just discussing case fans and all this can be kept civil ! I have filled every available spot with a silent or speed controlled fan. But I do admire and really want to build and powerful minimalist rig off of a micro-atx platform but even when you begin going small, heat and air flow do become a concern....maybe more so.
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06 May 2012   #29

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
pparks1, I can understand the use of just one fan to exhaust and just let the air flow in to fill the low pressure area. Like you mentioned a server wont have near the temps to contend with that most of our OC's enthusiast rigs will.
I'm sure there is somebody here who would insist on 7 case fans though and probably a Corsair H100 in a push/pull config with Noctua fans or something...minimum :
One is sufficient. Just make it big enough.
The fan can be the side panel.

360mm Silent Case Fan - Blue LED at Xoxide!
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06 May 2012   #30

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Something like this maybe !
Airgo - Mobile, Vertical Floor Fan
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