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Old July 10, 2009, 11:29 AM
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Question Help me put my cooling together!

Hey there! First build, need help optimizing my cooling.

Here's what I got.

i7 920
Asus P6T Deluxe
2x GTX 275 SLI
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Corsair XMS3 TR3X6G1600C9 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24
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TX850W 850W CMPSU-850TX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Active PFC 140M Fan Power Supply
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Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme 1366RT Heatpipe Cooler LGA1366 120MM Fan FDB 1600RPM 28.0DBA 63.7CFM
x3 120 mm fans
CM HAF 922

1.The cpu fan. Should I set it up north-south or east-west? I have it set-up north-south right now, my logic being that it will draw air in through the p6t's northbridge and that the exhaust fan on the top of the case is larger than the one on the side.

2. Side fans (120mm)? Yes or no? One would be a quarter over the heatsink, a quarter over the RAM, and the lower half over nothing. The other would be the right half over empty space, most of the left half over empty space between the two graphics cards, and the remaining portion under the bottom graphics card.

3. Bottom Fan (120mm)? It's right side would be nearly touching the HDD drive bays.

4. Causes for concern? The second video card is right over the PSU exhaust fan: the second fan on the videocard, which draws air in, is almost directly over the PSU exhaust fan with barely any room between them.

5. What do I do with the drivers for the videocards? Nvidia's are quite a bit newer than MSI's, but I'm afraid the second fan on the cards won't run properly with Nvidia's drivers. Also, will that cause me to lose the factory overclock (I suppose I can just jack it back up myself)?

6. I have three HDDs. How should I position them?

7. Will it have decent cooling with suggestions taken into account?


P.S. I'd be testing this myself, but right now I'm sitting with a RAMless computer (RAM got lost in the shuffle, just got shipped); however, I'm hoping you experienced guys have some conventional logic that won't make me go through some tedious testing later on. I'm planning on OCing, but nothing crazy (920 to 3.5 GHZ and have the RAM 1600, even though it's supposed to run at that but doesn't out of the box). Maybe OC the videocards when games get harder to play on this system.

PPS Sorry if this is the wrong forum, I posted this twice once in here and once in cooling. Not sure which one it belongs in. Tell me and I'll delete one of the threads. If you can't answer all the questions, np, just answer as many as you know. Thanks again.
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Old July 10, 2009, 11:37 AM
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Don't double post. See your other thread for answers.
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Old July 10, 2009, 11:40 AM
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Since your other thread has response's I will close this one.

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