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#1 technician

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 07:55 AM

Hi all!

 

First, I want to use this opportunity and thank the community for sharing opinion and giving advice on my previous inquiries.

 

Now I’ve got another puzzle to solve.

 

My system specs:

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K (after upgrade)

Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2

Motherboard: Asus Maximus VII Hero (after upgrade)

Graphics: 2 x Radeon HD7870 Tahiti LE (CrossFire)

Drives: Intel SSD 330 180GB, Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB

RAM: 2 x 4GB Corsair Vengeance Dual Channel

PSU: be quiet! Power Zone 850W

Case: Antec Performance One P183

 

I play video games and it’s one of the reasons I need this kind of hardware.

 

My questions are:

 

1) Will my case be able to provide adequate AIR cooling to my components?

It has one 120 mm Noctua NF-P12 intake fan (max rotation speed 1300 rpm, airflow 92.3 m3/h) blowing air towards graphics cards and two 120 mm Antec TriCool [stock] exhaust fans (top, rear, max rotation speed 2000 rpm, airflow 132 m3/h each). You can see its whole interior here http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/18650-antec-p183-mid-tower-case-review-6.html .

 

2) If I want to replace my current case, will this COST EFFECTIVE alternative provide significantly better AIR cooling - Fractal Design Arc Midi V2 http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cases_cooling/fractal_designs_arc_midi_v2_review/1 ?

 

3) Fractal Designs Arc Midi V2 has two editions, one with window side panel and another with solid side panel with a possibility to mount additional fan right next to graphics cards. Provided that I’m not eager to show the insides of my computer case, will side mounted fan provide considerably better cooling over the other model?

 

Your answers would be greatly appreciated as always.



#2 Black64

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 08:39 AM

1. Yes, I think the airflow should be fine. Personally I would choose a larger case IMHO.

 

2. No, I think it's about the same. Again, a larger case would be better.

 

3. Not always, my current case doesn't have a side fan (unlike my old HAF 922) and my card stays just as cool.

 

Side note - If your so worried about cooling and airflow, get one good card instead of 2. You will see much cooler temps and the same or better FPS. I ran SLI and CF setups for awhile and went to a single strong card and never looked back.


Edited by Black64, 20 June 2014 - 08:40 AM.

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 09:11 AM

I've got a P183 and it has good air flow. I added a second intake fan which ups the amount of air available for cooling. If you have the case why not build your system now and if the cooling isn't good enough then look for another case.


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Posted 22 June 2014 - 11:15 PM

The Antec P18x is still a solid case with decent cooling, in fact it's one of the better quiet optimised cases still. You can upgrade case fans if you need more cooling.


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Posted 23 June 2014 - 07:35 AM

Antec p183 is my vote.


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