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  Quote BandGap Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Topic: Additional fans for the Corsair 550d
    Posted: 24 Jun 2012 at 4:03pm

Was here a while ago but never got round to placing an order. The delay's been good though – lots of new hardware to choose from.

I really like the 550d case. Looks good and is said to be really quiet. Of course reduced airflow surely results in higher temps so I'd like to add a couple of extra fans. The Noctua 140 mm look good. If so, where should they be placed? What should the configuration be? I guess a base inflow and a top outflow is logical. Would I be able to control the fans independently (I expect I'll choose the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe if that makes a difference)?

Also, I'll probably go with one GTX 670 (for gaming at 1920 x 1080). I have read however that some of them (at least) make a hum or whine that the 680 doesn't. Can anyone here confirm that? If I were to substitute an aftermarket cooler how would DS's warranty be affected?

Thanks very much for your help. Great forum!

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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Jun 2012 at 4:34pm
Go with the HafX case and save yourself alot of trouble.     The 550D is very quiet as-is.   Once you remove the top and side acoustic sound deading panels and add fans your quiet is gone.    I haven' t heard of problems with the gtx670 but can't say for sure.       Adding an after market cooler will not void warranty as long as it doesn't cause other problems.   Hope this helps.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Jun 2012 at 8:40pm
Correct, the 550D is designed to be quiet, but, you don't want additional fans to make it into something that it really wasn't designed for. Even if you didn't go with the fan upgrades, you would still have a quiet and awesome system that would not overheat. Our team will stress-test and benchmark your configuration before we ship it anyways too!
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  Quote BandGap Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Jun 2012 at 8:21pm
Thanks Alex and bpratt! Think I will go with the 550d but without the additional fans. 
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  Quote Krav_Mind Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 27 Jun 2012 at 8:10am
I have a DS built 550d Slade.

Its quiet. The airflow is fine for a 4.7GHz OC system running a GTX 680. I do have a Corsair H100 Liquid CPU Cooler SET TO THE MIDDLE SETTING. On high the fans ramp-up to fast and it does get louder for no reason.

I play WOW on ultra and /console maxfps on 250 FPS for hours and hours.

Skyrim on ultra for days and you can just barely hear the fans.


Its a beast, and its polite. ;) If Alex asks nicely I will post pictures as well.


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System Configuration:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Corsair Obsidian 550D
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
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Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.40 GHz (Unlocked CPU) (Quad Core) (Requires Z77 Motherboard)
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE (Intel Z77 Chipset) (Higher Overclocks and Unique Wi-Fi Features)
System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 800W Corsair GS (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (120GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Model: 510 Series)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (Model: Black Edition)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card(s): 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB (Includes PhysX)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Corsair H100 Liquid CPU Cooler (240mm Radiator) (Extreme-Performance Edition)
H20 Tube Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: - No Thanks
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
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OS Boost: FREE: Yes, Disable and tweak all of the non-crucial services on the operating system
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Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
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  Quote FrankW Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 27 Jun 2012 at 10:28am
Hi BandGap,

There is some discussion about humming noise coming from the 670 fan. It is quit loud with some cards. The problem seems to be the EVGA 670 SC card. I didn't see any complaints with the EVGA 670. Nvidia has been exchanging the EVGA 670 SC with a EVGA 670 FTW as a cure for the problem. Not all 670 SC cards are having the problem.

If you want a 670 card then try and get the 670 FTW and I don't think you will have any problems. Even with the 670 SC I doubt that DS would send you one that has a noise problem. They hear these cards every day and would hear the problem right off. If you order from DS I don't think you have anything to worry about.

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  Quote BandGap Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 27 Jun 2012 at 11:21pm
Krav_MInd and FrankW - very useful and encouraging information. Thanks very much.

Krav_Mind: what's the difference between the  H100 and the DS Vortex?  Although I'll  probably choose the Noctua NH-D14 since I've always liked it.

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  Quote Krav_Mind Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Jun 2012 at 7:56am
BandGap: To be honest I don't know. The DS Vortex was not offered when I bought my machine and the details on that item are scarce on the website.

It appears to be the same with a different CPU Head unit.

If you like the Noctua and its not too noisy then go for it. I like the idea of the radiators venting out the case instead of blowing hot air in to the middle of the case:

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  Quote FrankW Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Jun 2012 at 8:35am
Hi BandGap,

I just took a look at the build that Krav_Mind did. The H100 is no long available. The Vortex 240 is basically the same design. Make sure you don't get the Intel 510 SSD. You want the Intel 520 SSD. The D14 is not noisy.

In my opinion the 550D is a case built for looks, air cooling and maybe one GPU. Not sure about the GPUs with the new, better design of the GPUs. Most of their heat is being dumped out board now.

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  Quote FrankW Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Jun 2012 at 8:41am
Hi BandGap,

I just took a look at the build that Krav_Mind did.

1, The H100 is no long available. The Vortex 240 is basically the same design.

2. Make sure you don't get the Intel 510 SSD. You want the Intel 520 SSD.

3. The D14 is not noisy.

4. If you get the EVGA 670 2Gb than ask for a EVGA 670 2Gb FTW model. DS doesn't always provide EVGA cards and what ever they offer other than the EVGA 670 SC card would be OK.

In my opinion the 550D is a case built for looks, air cooling and maybe one GPU. Not sure about the GPUs with the new, better design of the GPUs. Most of the heat from the GPUs are being dumped out board now.

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The Vortex is essentially the same thing. Cool
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Jun 2012 at 10:52am
Hi Alex....My understanding is the Noctua D14 doesn't fit in the 550D case? 
 
The Vortex 240mm is the h100 without fan/speed control button?  If it is then good, the button seemed a little lame.  Just more to go wrong.
 
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Jun 2012 at 10:58am
The 550D has issues with fitting that large cooler, yes.
 
The Vortex does not. Cool
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  Quote BandGap Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Jun 2012 at 10:05pm
Thanks guys -  I'm learning a lot here! I was going to place my order today but if there are issues with the Noctua I'll have to put a bit more thought into it.

Alex, if I get the DS Vortex 240 mm, would DS be able to substitute corresponding Noctua fans for the Vortex stock fans? The Noctua fans are said to be excellent from both the cooling and sound pov. Also my wife likes the color (a vitally important consideration, particularly in light of the lack of windows in the 550d...but still).
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Jun 2012 at 10:09pm

You're welcome!

The Vortex will not fir the Noctua fans unfortunately due to the size differences.

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  Quote BandGap Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Jun 2012 at 10:42pm
Thanks for the quick reply. Alex, if i get the Vortex how loud would it be for a stage two overclock? From what the others have said the original H100 had a button and the middle setting was appropriate. How is the Vortex controlled? I guess it isn't run at full speed since this would defeat the purpose of the quiet 550d.

Also, can we post links? If so, take a look at this at around 10:50:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv1RXdeLU5o

It looks like a push pull configuration with Noctua fans and an H80. Could DS do this or something similar?
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Jun 2012 at 11:05pm
It's not that loud at all to be honest.
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  Quote BandGap Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Jun 2012 at 12:57am
I just had a look at deltaxi65's review which was helpful. He has the Vortex 240 mm in the 550d case and was impressed by the quietness of the system. Great!

Hopefully near to last question: can DS install the GS800 PSU such that the light faces upwards into the case? I would prefer that. (Although the 550d has no windows I may, depending on what I'm doing, run with the side panel off). I know this means that the cables will exit the PSU on the left side so a greater length will be visible but that doesn't bother me. 

 
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