Hi, I am attempting to build a SLI Gaming Rig while limiting the noise level:
Goal is to maximize Gaming performance on a 120Hz ASUS VG278H while remaining quieter than the open air alternative such as Corsair 500R/HAF XM/ThorV2(selling at 101 on newegg), CPU is i5-3570K, will OC CPU and GPU when necessary.
Here is the setup:Define R4
$109.99(Big fan of the R4)EVGA 670 FTW 2X
2X $407.99140mm fan 3X
$21.5(Bottom intake, Rear exhaust, top exhaust. ), 2 stock 140mm are 67 CFM/15-19dba(moving the original rear exhaust to front intake)
Fan type: XIGMATEK CLF-F1454 : 60CFM/16DbaPH-TC14PE
2X Front intake,1X Bot intake goes to the fan controller, Rear and Bottom exhaust goes to the Mobo header
To explain the fan set up in more detail:
The 2 stock 140mm fan will be located at the front intake, I 140mm intake mounted at the bottom infront of PSU, the exhaust fan are located at the rear and the top rear fan mount.
The overall set up would be like this picture, except the Cooler will be a bit larger and block Ram slots(still fits and my low profile 26.25mm Ram would fit fine), I would have the 2 extra fans(bottom intake and top exhaust), the mobo will be Z77 instead of Z68(both ASrock Extreme 4)
Total Fan CFM count, 2X 67 CFM +1X 60 CFM intake, 2X 60 CFM + 1/2 Blower GPU exhaust.
Mounted on a Standard length slim(12"X8.6") ATX board: ASRock Z77 Extreme 4(support SLI), there is another PCI slot inbetween the 2 PCI3.0 slots so the GPU won't be right next to each other.
PSU Seasonic X850 Gold.
Reason I picked FTW is that its blower style means the top GPU won't heat up the bottom one. Also my bottom mounted fan would be blowing straight into its fan/radiator with Windforce/PE I might need a more open air case and a side exhaust fan to prevent them heating up the rest of the Mobo. Aside from potential heat flow issues in SLI I really like the MSI N670 PE/OC with these reviews:http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-
So,Is this set up good? If not where I need the improve? (the GPU? or Cooling? or maybe I should get a more open air case and give up Noise control with the R4?)
As far as budget is concerned I have about $100 left.
Reason I picked R4 beside noise reduction:
1.Front and bottom Dust Filter(must have for me)
2. 4 Front USB port(didn't like 500R's only 2 restriction)
3. Fan controller(can adapt to any fan, unlike 500R only work with stock)
4. Arctic White don't cost me extra.