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  1. Ludwig

    should i use Noctua as case fans?

    that's very strange because the sys_fan header has 4 pins which would mean they have pwm control function, no? because they do indeed allow me to control the speed of the fans of my cpu cooler (from 0 to maxRPM) from both the bios and the GIGABYTE fan control software when i do plug it into the sys_fan header. don't have my computer in front of me right now but the bottom picture is an illustration of what my motherboard looks like with the circle pointing to the fan headers (white for CPU and black for sys_fan) yep, they're all 4pin pwm fans yeah got it coming in the mail in a few days. again, just thinking about longevity across both NVIDIA and AMD compatibilities in terms of mounting options as well as controlling temperatures as TDPs are vastly different across the offerings for not only both platforms but as well as generational differences between the GPUS (e.g. GTX 980ti vs GTX 1080ti vs VEGA56 vs VEGA64, etc). yeah, still thinking about where to actually mount the rad on the case. i think i have a rough idea on where to mount, but its nice that this case has multiple mounting points for fans, and therefore radiators. still need to keep in mind of effective airflow though.
  2. Ludwig

    should i use Noctua as case fans?

    the side panel by specification can hold both 120 and 240 rads on the side panel. i'm gonna try to finesse the rad and the tubing in a way where i can fit it on the bottom panel under the GPU. definitely won't have enough clearance for the fans to be attached to the rad when its on the bottom so i'm gonna try to mount the fans on the outside and the rad on the inside with the case in-between using some very long screws. hope it works, but if it doesn't then i'll just mount it on the side.
  3. Ludwig

    should i use Noctua as case fans?

    yeah i was thinking about if a 240mm aio instead of a 120mm aio would be overkill for cooling just a GPU, but i decided to pull the trigger anyway. the GPU aio that i ordered has a bunch of mounting options for both NVIDIA and AMD ranging from older Hawaii AMD cores to the latest RTX series of GPUS. knowing myself, i'm always in the secondary market for GPUs so i had it in my mind that getting a 240mm aio that is compatible with a wide range of GPUs can also help cool them and extend longevity of my system. the current GPU i have right now is the GIGABYTE Windforce AMD R9 390 illustrated below: Reference: GIGABYTE Website i don't mind at all that the case is inverted, it can stay like this forever if need be (and most likely will be). the case in general is completely symmetric, especially because i removed the "COUGAR" branding sticker on the front panel. i dunno, i think aio is the way to go in my case (no pun intended) as it'll hopefully reduce temperatures for both my overall PC and also my ambient room temperature. being able to re-purpose the aio for future GPU endeavours is also something that i'm personally excited for!
  4. Ludwig

    should i use Noctua as case fans?

    ah nice! sounds very similar to my eventual build. nice to know that the temperatures are going to be decent. i've got kryonaut on both my CPU and GPU right now so when my 240mm aio comes in the mail, hopefully it gets the temps in control. but i would expect it to be around the 60c range at full load anyway.
  5. Ludwig

    should i use Noctua as case fans?

    sorry, got a little carried away there. to answer your questions: my setup in terms of fans is the following: 2x 120mm exaust fans at the top of the case 1x 92mm Noctua NF-B9 for exhaust at the back of the case 1x 80mm Noctua NF-A8 for intake at the front of the case NOTE: my case right now has been inverted for better GPU cooling. alignment of the fans in terms of physical aspect is the same except for the "top" mounted 120mm exhaust fans which are now considered bottom mounted exhaust fans i'm located in Malaysia. no real budget, but obviously the cheaper the better. but to be honest, i think i'll stick with Noctua's offerings to maintain cohesiveness.
  6. Ludwig

    should i use Noctua as case fans?

    got myself the generic fan hub and i'm happy to say that it's working as intended! well, not really. i can only really control the fans if its directly connected to the CPU fan hub. i don't know if that's by design or if its bugged in some way. my motherboard is the Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 ITX illustrated below for those asking: Reference: Gigabyte Website i tried to finesse the fan hub by plugging it into the CPU header and the CPU fan to the SYSTEM1 header. well, it works, but then the controls would be reversed. i think that's fine, pretty ghetto but its alright if i want to get my fans to turn off when i'm just doing normal tasks (currently my PWM fans are stuck at around 1600RPM at all times). i think i'll just have to figure out the fan graphs and play around with the settings to find a reasonable temperature so that my CPU can maintain the 4.3Ghz overclock AND have the ability to control my fans through software (using GIGABYTE's fan software).
  7. Ludwig

    should i use Noctua as case fans?

    hmmm it seems like i need to do more homework on this. btw, so sorry to everyone for the late replies! been preoccupied with other things recently. i got myself a pair of generic 120mm fans for the top of the case and 1x 92mm and 1x80mm Noctua fans for the exaust and intake respectively. temperatures have improved! ...slightly. GPU is still at a very toast 90c, but atleast the CPU is now only maxing out at 62c. i've got around to getting myself a 240mm aio for my gpu so i'll be waiting on that in the meantime. i think aio is definitely the way to go, especially when talking about the gpu. i got a tip from a couple of mates telling me that it would be a good idea to flip the case upside down so that the gpu has headroom to breathe. well, it worked! 83c is max now. still throttling, but atleast now its not that hot and at idle the fans finally turn off.
  8. hey guys, just got a new case (Cougar QBX) and the temperatures have been astoundingly bad (94c on GPU R9 390, 86c on CPU i5 6600k). Reference: Cougar QBX perhaps it's because there's basically little to no airflow in the case right now. so i'm in the market to get some new fans for my case to keep temperatures down. might be looking to occupy the case with all Noctua fans, is it a good idea? the case is able to hold (in it's state right now) the following number of fans: 5x 120mm 1x 90mm 1x 80mm 2 of the 120mm fans are going to be replacements for the GPU fans (will take off the original GPU fans and replace them with the Noctua ones). the other 2 120mm fans are going to be strictly top exhaust fans. and the last 120mm fan is going to be either a future aio radiator fan or a fan directly above the cpu cooler (right now it's a Cryorig c7). the 80mm fan is an intake fan at the front and the 90mm is an exhaust at the back. here are my choices: 1x Noctua A8-PWM 1x Generic 90mm Fan (or another A8 if my case allows it or an A9) 5x Noctua F12-PWM Also, will be getting a PWM fan controller to be able to control these fans. What do you guys think about a generic fan controller such as the one below? Will I be able to control the RPMs via a software such as SpeedFan? Please do let me know your thoughts on this config and if I should look into alternative fans which can deliver the same performance AS strictly case fans, thanks!
  9. Ludwig

    Is this Gold-PSU w/o OCP okay?

    Yeah, you pretty much laid out the general plan. Would probably eventually upgrade to a better PSU; namely the RM650x for peace of mind and its benefits (safety, modularity, etc). Obviously would need to follow my other component upgrades in order for it to be worth the expense.
  10. Ludwig

    Is this Gold-PSU w/o OCP okay?

    Well, not exactly. Not really, actually. I came home from work one day and the night before, for some reason, decided to switch my PC off entirely. I usually have it running 24/7, so it was a little out of the ordinary. Come to the following day, pressed the power button, and heard a little pop and sizzle from my case. Diagnosed everything and found that the PSU was the only thing that was fried. Currently awaiting for RMA confirmations from Corsair. Fantastic! Nothing to be concerned about then. I guess I should just settle on the Thermaltake PSU i have lying next to me instead of getting an even more excessive unit. Thanks loads for the help!
  11. Ludwig

    Is this Gold-PSU w/o OCP okay?

    450W PSU with =>500W-550W components issa not gud tiem. s/o procrastination boys Mind explaining a little bit more about this in layman's terms? My general understanding is that OCP trips when the system is trying to draw more power than what the PSU can offer (e.g 700W from a 600W PSU). (Please do explain what "peak output power" means as well, thanks!) My concern is that IF my system does end up drawing more wattage from the PSU, and it doesn't have OCP, will this cause my components to go...boom? Illustrated below for more detail: Not really concerned about single-rail vs multi-rail PSUs, just want something something that wont explode dramatically when im asleep at night. Did a quick search, wasn't able to find the PSU you recommended Thanks loads for the thorough explanation so far! I did read up a little bit on Thermaltake's line of Toughpower GX1 PSUs; they're decent with no real outstanding characteristics. The lack of OCP is the only thing really that I'm concerned about. But perhaps I'm misconstruing the concept and getting concerned over nothing since people have mentioned that in single-rail PSUs, the OPP is pretty much the...same thing?
  12. Hey guys, so my Corsair SF450 decided to go boom (honestly, it was my fault) and I was in the market for a new power supply. Did a little research and went go on the "Thermaltake Toughpower GX1 600W" PSU illustrated below: Reference: Thermaltake Website Come to find out, the PSU is a single rail unit without OCP. So my question is, should i be worried about boom-ing my 2nd power supply and potentially boom-ing the rest of my rig with it? I live in Malaysia, where thunderstorms are pretty much a daily occurrence. I've only recently recieved the Thermaltake PSU in the mail moments ago, still could return it and get back on the market for some more worthy options. Could be eyeing the Corsair RM650x PSU as it seems like it has a few major accolades. Reference: Corsair Website Do let me know what i should do, thanks! For reference, here's my current rig: (PSU Calculator says around 500W-550W Load) Intel i5 6600k @ 4.2Ghz 2x 8GB DDR4 Klevv Bolt X 3200Mhz RAM AMD R9 390 (Upgrading to a 1080ti soon) 4x 120mm PWM Fans 1x PWM Fan Controller 1x 4TB WD Black 1x 256GB Sandisk SSD 1x 512GB Adata XPG SX8200 PRO
  13. i got myself a tube and replaced my previous generic paste with the new Kryonaut. been getting some improvements, obviously. went down from 50c idle to around 35c with an additional 10mv undervolt; totalling 110mv undervolt. seems good so far, just as you've described. i think im on day 4 right now. i'll be sure to check up with temps and performance to see if there are any degradation as you've described.
  14. i've googled a little bit more and have asked around some online sellers. they said that the compound is the same, but the tubes reflect different weights. the smaller tube (1) is for 1g and the longer black tube (2) is for 5/5.5g
  15. hey guys, been meaning to repaste my laptop that i recently bought with some better thermal paste; mainly looking at kryonaut as it's apparently the best (do leave recommendations otherwise). but i've been looking online and it seems like there are two different packaging styles. (1) (2) looking around youtube, i see that most people are using tube (2). is there a difference between the two in terms of cooling performance? or are they the same compound but just in different and updated tubes. would love some help on this, thanks!
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