Do I Need this Fan for this New Build?


Sep 11, 2011
hey everyone, i have a question. I was looking to build this computer, and I was wondering if I needed an extra fan. The case (detailed below) already comes with a 120 mm fan, but I'm not sure if I need another one.

-ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

-COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-SWN1-GP Black SECC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

-Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

-SAMSUNG B2330 Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor

-EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready

-COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

-Logitech G400 Black 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Gaming Mouse

-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model

-GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

-Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Thats the base config, and I was wondering if I should order this fan to put in the case too (remember there's already one 120 mm fan with the case):

-COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU

all this stuff is from newegg, so if you want to look up specifics, just search the parts on there. also: any comments on the overall build? do you think it could handle "battlefield 3" capably? what about the screen?

The PSU is not very good, it was poorly reviewed at HardOCP if you want to check the results out.

This would be better:
XFX Pro 650W Core Edition 80Plus Bronze $90 ($20 rebate, $6 shipping)
It even has enough PCIe connectors to SLI GTX 560 Tis.

Rosewill Hive Series 750 80Plus Bronze Modular $90
Apparently this uses the same internal design as the OCZ ZS series which has generally been getting favourable reviews.

As for your question about additional cooling - if you are going to overclock, which seems likely given the K edition CPU and the motherboard, then yes I think you would benefit from an aftermarket CPU cooler.


I agree with beenthere in that *I* would go ahead and get at least another cooling fan for the front of the case (in front if the Hard Drive bays) as a cool air intake. If you intend to overclock your CPU, then I would also go with a third party CPU cooler as Silvune suggests (and like the one you listed).

-Wolf sends