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Motherboard: ASUS Rog Strix B550-F Gaming WIFI 2

 

I am looking for a decent air cooling tower at a reasonable price. My case has two fans on the top to vent out hot air. Maybe the principle of hot air rising can help with orientation position? There's also one big pancake-sized fan on the case cover instead of a window possibly for maximum airflow. If you can't tell by the picture's watermark I'm not spending money on aesthetics. I'm doing a pure performance build without any RGB for a Linux programming and gaming PC.

 

Bonus (optional): name some graphics cards and CPU's compatible with my new motherboard

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18 minutes ago, MC.Morrado said:

Motherboard: ASUS Rog Strix B550-F Gaming WIFI 2

 

I am looking for a decent air cooling tower at a reasonable price. My case has two fans on the top to vent out hot air. Maybe the principle of hot air rising can help with orientation position? There's also one big pancake-sized fan on the case cover instead of a window possibly for maximum airflow. If you can't tell by the picture's watermark I'm not spending money on aesthetics. I'm doing a pure performance build without any RGB for a Linux programming and gaming PC.

 

Bonus (optional): name some graphics cards and CPU's compatible with my new motherboard

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I'm sorry, but you're going about this backward.  We choose our CPU first, then a motherboard to put it on.  The air cooler is for the CPU, not the motherboard.

 

We need a budget amount as well, so suggest things.  Components cost money 🙂

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Dedayog said:

I'm sorry, but you're going about this backward.  We choose our CPU first, then a motherboard to put it on.  The air cooler is for the CPU, not the motherboard.

 

We need a budget amount as well, so suggest things.  Components cost money 🙂

 

 

Oh, explains a lot. I'm new to PC building. I know that the air cooling is for the CPU, I'm not that  dumb. My brain associates air-cooling like with the VW flat 4 or small engines so I hope you can excuse my confusion of some terminology. I opted for a full-sized ATX case because I want to make sure my motherboard fits.

 

Any tips on airflow? 🙂

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7 minutes ago, MC.Morrado said:

Oh, explains a lot. I'm new to PC building. I know that the air cooling is for the CPU, I'm not that  dumb. My brain associates air-cooling like with the VW flat 4 or small engines so I hope you can excuse my confusion of some terminology. I opted for a full-sized ATX case because I want to make sure my motherboard fits.

 

Any tips on airflow? 🙂

Yes, have roughly the same fannage intake vs. exhaust.

 

Are you looking to build a PC?  Do you have a total budget?  Resolution you play at?  What games?  Other uses?

 

Or just curious about airflow and cooling?   Short answer for CPU cooling... Phantom Spirit 120 or Peerless Assassin for budget, 360mm AIO for hard to cool CPUs like the 13900K/14900K.

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I don't have a specific budget. the case itself was only $26 and the motherboard (brand new) was $180. I don't have a specific budget other than save up to gradually build up my frankenstien computer one part at a time. I think I can get a power supply from another thrift store that has a high enough wattage capacity for almost nothing.

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You're lucky you can get this stuff at thrift stores. The thrift stores near me are all used up clothes and dishware that people only bought because they were on drugs.

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1 hour ago, MC.Morrado said:

Oh, explains a lot. I'm new to PC building. I know that the air cooling is for the CPU, I'm not that  dumb. My brain associates air-cooling like with the VW flat 4 or small engines so I hope you can excuse my confusion of some terminology. I opted for a full-sized ATX case because I want to make sure my motherboard fits.

 

Any tips on airflow? 🙂

you actually have a very good point... a cpu aircooler will help to cool parts of the motherboard, especially the VRMs whereas a watercooler will do nothing for those parts ... its why many people with watercooling have "mysteriously" high temps - also on their gpu in some cases.

 

That said, what in the world is this pc case...? is this just an example or?

 

If you want really good cooling i recommend an open air pc case, not a "test bench" and actual case.

 

such as (example)

 

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1 hour ago, MC.Morrado said:

I don't have a specific budget. the case itself was only $26 and the motherboard (brand new) was $180. I don't have a specific budget other than save up to gradually build up my frankenstien computer one part at a time. I think I can get a power supply from another thrift store that has a high enough wattage capacity for almost nothing.

oh you already... well you gotta do what you have to i guess... not sure what the specific question is but you should do ok with a semi decent aircooler .

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7 hours ago, Mark Kaine said:

whereas a watercooler will do nothing for those parts

*Cough cough* - VRM fan(s) on the water block - *cough cough* - Arctic, SilverStone, EnerMax, etc all offer models with them.

10 hours ago, MC.Morrado said:

Motherboard: ASUS Rog Strix B550-F Gaming WIFI 2

 

I am looking for a decent air cooling tower at a reasonable price. My case has two fans on the top to vent out hot air. Maybe the principle of hot air rising can help with orientation position? There's also one big pancake-sized fan on the case cover instead of a window possibly for maximum airflow. If you can't tell by the picture's watermark I'm not spending money on aesthetics. I'm doing a pure performance build without any RGB for a Linux programming and gaming PC.

 

Bonus (optional): name some graphics cards and CPU's compatible with my new motherboard

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You have the InWin Maelstrom (Overclockers Review) Case. Have you actually tried mounting your mainboard inside it? The review says that not all will match the location of the rear I/O hole. It's a nice but venerable case.

 

You need to provide the mainboard info because that will entirely determine which CPUs you can consider. Generally, it is correct to choose a CPU, then the mainboard, and then you can choose the case. However, if you delay the case, you can choose big parts like the GC and cooler, which will further limit the options for cases.

Specifications:

 

Material
SECC (0.8~1.0mm)
Expansion Slots
7 Slots
Thermal Solution
Front: 12cm Fan x 1
Rear: 12cm Fan x 1
Top: 12cm Fan x 1 (Maximum Supports 12cm Fan x 2)

Side: 22cm LED Fan with switch x 1 (Maximum Supports 12cm Fan x 6)

Water-Cooling Hole Ready
Front I/O
4x USB 2.0
2x e-SATA
1x Firewire
HD/AC’97 Audio

External Drive Bays

5x 5.25”

Includes FDD Cage (5.25” to 3.5” adapter)

Internal Drive Bays

6x 3.5”

Motherboard Support

ATX
m-ATX
E-ATX

Power Supply Support

ATX 12V
PS2 or EPS Power

 

 

Features:

  • Great expandability
  • User friendly ergonomic and mechanical design
  • Superior acoustic and vibration solution
  • Revolutionary high efficiency thermal solution
  • Luxurious exterior and interior painting

Based on these specs, you can't really effectively use any CPU that gets very hot, like AMD's newer ones, and the Intel i7/i9s, especially from gen 12-14. This case is not going to work well for watercooling unless you do a custom loop if I'm not mistaken.

 

What you really need is new build advice, not cooling. This sub-forum is for cooling and, since you have an antique case and no CPU, no cooling advice can be specific.

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4 minutes ago, RevGAM said:

*Cough cough* - VRM fan(s) on the water block - *cough cough* - Arctic, SilverStone, EnerMax, etc all offer models with them.

You have the InWin Maelstrom (Overclockers Review) Case. Have you actually tried mounting your mainboard inside it? The review says that not all will match the location of the rear I/O hole. It's a nice but venerable case.

 

You need to provide the mainboard info because that will entirely determine which CPUs you can consider. Generally, it is correct to choose a CPU, then the mainboard, and then you can choose the case. However, if you delay the case, you can choose big parts like the GC and cooler, which will further limit the options for cases.

Specifications:

 

Material
SECC (0.8~1.0mm)
Expansion Slots
7 Slots
Thermal Solution
Front: 12cm Fan x 1
Rear: 12cm Fan x 1
Top: 12cm Fan x 1 (Maximum Supports 12cm Fan x 2)

Side: 22cm LED Fan with switch x 1 (Maximum Supports 12cm Fan x 6)

Water-Cooling Hole Ready
Front I/O
4x USB 2.0
2x e-SATA
1x Firewire
HD/AC’97 Audio

External Drive Bays

5x 5.25”

Includes FDD Cage (5.25” to 3.5” adapter)

Internal Drive Bays

6x 3.5”

Motherboard Support

ATX
m-ATX
E-ATX

Power Supply Support

ATX 12V
PS2 or EPS Power

 

 

Features:

  • Great expandability
  • User friendly ergonomic and mechanical design
  • Superior acoustic and vibration solution
  • Revolutionary high efficiency thermal solution
  • Luxurious exterior and interior painting

Based on these specs, you can't really effectively use any CPU that gets very hot, like AMD's newer ones, and the Intel i7/i9s, especially from gen 12-14. This case is not going to work well for watercooling unless you do a custom loop if I'm not mistaken.

 

What you really need is new build advice, not cooling. This sub-forum is for cooling and, since you have an antique case and no CPU, no cooling advice can be specific.

If the case doesn't have the right mounting holes I can always use some self tapping screws. What do you mean by antique case? Looks pretty modern by my standards.

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You're looking for more than just a CPU cooler, so I moved your thread to New Builds and Planning.

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21 minutes ago, Needfuldoer said:

You're looking for more than just a CPU cooler, so I moved your thread to New Builds and Planning.

Thanks

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1 hour ago, MC.Morrado said:

If the case doesn't have the right mounting holes I can always use some self tapping screws. What do you mean by antique case? Looks pretty modern by my standards.

 

Circa 2009. In tech terms that is nearly antique. 😄

 

Have you tried mounting the motherboard in the case? Based on https://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/inwin_maelstrom/3.htm#&gid=1&pid=39668 I'm not sure it will be a comfortable fit.

80+ ratings certify electrical efficiency. Not quality.

 

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My Motherboard has the ATX mounting holes. I got the case because it's a full-sized ATX tower and not a micro-ATX

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26 minutes ago, MC.Morrado said:

My Motherboard has the ATX mounting holes. I got the case because it's a full-sized ATX tower and not a micro-ATX

 

Yes, that is obvious. 

80+ ratings certify electrical efficiency. Not quality.

 

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32 minutes ago, MC.Morrado said:

My Motherboard has the ATX mounting holes. I got the case because it's a full-sized ATX tower and not a micro-ATX

I get the feeling you are just floundering around here.  Buying piecemeal like that without a full understanding can lead to an oops or two later.  When you see a good deal on a part, buy it, then months later realize it won't work with what you bought previously.

 

I highly urge you to post here BEFORE buying anything else, to make sure it all works together.

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9 minutes ago, Dedayog said:

I get the feeling you are just floundering around here.  Buying piecemeal like that without a full understanding can lead to an oops or two later.  When you see a good deal on a part, buy it, then months later realize it won't work with what you bought previously.

 

I highly urge you to post here BEFORE buying anything else, to make sure it all works together.

I found that out the hard way. But I did research what kind of case my motherboard needed before buying it. I bought a small Dell tower that was too small for my motherboard and thought I'd repurpose the old Dell computer as a server later in the future.

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3 hours ago, RevGAM said:

Cough cough* - VRM fan(s) on the water block - *cough cough* - Arctic, SilverStone, EnerMax, etc all offer models with them.

i mean I knew you could always just throw a case fan in the direction,  but most people wouldn't know or don't want to because of "aesthetical reasons"...

 

to me its just one of many downsides of watercooling besides not really liking the borg cubus optic...  tbh i think the pump sounds alone would drive me crazy haha. 

 

and oh i didn't know its an inwin case, that explains why it looks so impractical  (inwin case owner here btw 😉 )

 

 

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53 minutes ago, MC.Morrado said:

My Motherboard has the ATX mounting holes. I got the case because it's a full-sized ATX tower and not a micro-ATX

yeah just for starters check if the mobo actually aligns with the cases I/O etc... dont need to build anything... just put it in for a test

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3 hours ago, MC.Morrado said:

If the case doesn't have the right mounting holes I can always use some self tapping screws. What do you mean by antique case? Looks pretty modern by my standards.

it looks like straight outta the 90s 😅

 

mind you I almost like how it looks, the handles... the different shades of green... just wow!

 

also as for airflow,  yes "hot" air rises, but this is still a pc not a crematorium... you have to think of pc cooling more like a wind tunnel, fast in fast out - the faster you get the "hot" (its usually actually more like lukewarm lol) out the better... that's why most cases have front intake fans and a rear outtake fan... also a tower cooler usually blows in the same direction so that in itself is already almost ideal...

 

now, as with your case, and many "modern" "airflow optimized" ones, it has a lot of other openings but none seem strategically well placed, depending on fan setup that will create a lot of turbulences and force warm air to stay longer in the case than it should... a problem with many "airflow" cases, they go more for optics than common sense aerodynamics... and especially older ones like yours. 

 

it isnt unusable by any means but if "airflow" is one of your priorities it's just less than ideal. 

 

(posted pic above of an actually airflow optimized case, the type is called "open air" because that's what it is) 🙂

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Mark Kaine said:

it looks like straight outta the 90s 😅

 

mind you I almost like how it looks, the handles... the different shades of green... just wow!

 

also as for airflow,  yes "hot" air rises, but this is still a pc not a crematorium... you have to think of pc cooling more like a wind tunnel, fast in fast out - the faster you get the "hot" (its usually actually more like lukewarm lol) out the better... that's why most cases have front intake fans and a rear outtake fan... also a tower cooler usually blows in the same direction so that in itself is already almost ideal...

 

now, as with your case, and many "modern" "airflow optimized" ones, it has a lot of other openings but none seem strategically well placed, depending on fan setup that will create a lot of turbulences and force warm air to stay longer in the case than it should... a problem with many "airflow" cases, they go more for optics than common sense aerodynamics... and especially older ones like yours. 

 

it isnt unusable by any means but if "airflow" is one of your priorities it's just less than ideal. 

 

(posted pic above of an actually airflow optimized case, the type is called "open air" because that's what it is) 🙂

 

 

I don't have any problems using older cases. Whatever gets the job done, I guess. I'll send pics when my case arrives in the mail so you can guide me a little airflow wise. All I know about air-cooling besides CPU stuff is stuff regarding your lawn mower's engine and not much else really. I personally don't like the look of "minimal" cases that look more like fish tanks, I prefer metal over glass any day of the week. On the bright side I have somewhere to install a CD-ROM drive so I can play some old Windows PC games collecting dust.

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3 hours ago, MC.Morrado said:

If the case doesn't have the right mounting holes I can always use some self tapping screws. What do you mean by antique case? Looks pretty modern by my standards.

Very few modern cases have drive bays anymore - at least not the kind that are for external access. That case is about 15 years old so, yes, it's old. 😉

 

5 minutes ago, MC.Morrado said:

I don't have any problems using older cases. Whatever gets the job done, I guess. I'll send pics when my case arrives in the mail so you can guide me a little airflow wise. All I know about air-cooling besides CPU stuff is stuff regarding your lawn mower's engine and not much else really. I personally don't like the look of "minimal" cases that look more like fish tanks, I prefer metal over glass any day of the week. On the bright side I have somewhere to install a CD-ROM drive so I can play some old Windows PC games collecting dust.

We can't properly advise you on airflow until the PC is assembled. Airflow is tricky because of the huge variability from PC to PC.

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19 minutes ago, RevGAM said:

Very few modern cases have drive bays anymore - at least not the kind that are for external access. That case is about 15 years old so, yes, it's old. 😉

 

We can't properly advise you on airflow until the PC is assembled. Airflow is tricky because of the huge variability from PC to PC.

That's why I said I'll send pics to show y'all. I plan on having both SSD's and regular HDD's I have lying around to maximize my storage. I call my in-progress build "The Tower of Jank"

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On 6/14/2024 at 9:58 PM, TempestCatto said:

You're lucky you can get this stuff at thrift stores. The thrift stores near me are all used up clothes and dishware that people only bought because they were on drugs.

It's like I live a long drive away from where richer neighborhoods dump off their old computer hardware like it's nothing. I got an old Dell mechanical keyboard for only $3 and I salvaged a an old Dell monitor for free from an e-waste pile.

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