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Corsair 800D - Can I be bothered to install

Discussion in 'Case Central' started by Tweaker, 12 Mar 2010.

  1. Tweaker

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Sep 2008

    Posts: 1,752

    So my brother bought a 800D and his temps where getting to him, so he bought a Coolermaster 840 and his temps with all his fans on low are better than the 800D.

    The question is, do i use his 800D, he wants to sell it, but he cant find a buyer currently and im thinking of installing my rig into it to see the difference. I have the Coolermaster Stacker 832 with lots of fans running, will I notice a difference in temps?

    What do you think?
  2. Ziggy4


    Joined: 17 Aug 2009

    Posts: 455

    Location: Loughborough

    Hell yes! Do it! It's a fantastic case. I also switched from a CM Stacker. Sure, temps were a few degrees C higher but the bigger CM cases are some of the best for airflow. They are also dust magnets with all that side panel ventilation and when you have several drives installed it seriously hinders the front intake. The Obsidian has two isolated HDD cooling bays. I removed the stock Corsair fans and put Noctuas in their place plus a couple extra on top and temps are good. I'm running all but the primary bottom intake and rear exhaust on low noise resistors too. CPU fans are on system control and they very rarely budge from 500 rpm.

    In short, it's certainly not the best for cooling but it is far from being poor (or even average) either. Think we were just spoiled some by the Stacker which has great airflow.
    Last edited: 12 Mar 2010
  3. MonkeykingZX

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Sep 2009

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    Location: Cambridgeshire

    the 800d's are apparently more for watercooled setups due to the large amount of room inside and the rather lacklustre air cooling temps
  4. Ziggy4


    Joined: 17 Aug 2009

    Posts: 455

    Location: Loughborough

    I think it's become something of an internet myth that the Obsidian is only suitable for water cooling. I put in a Noctua cooler with two quiet but efficient Apache fans (£20 for the pair) which left me with two Noctua fans that came with the CPU cooler to stick elsewhere. I replaced the Corsair fans but that was an option and applies to many cases. I am actually very happy with the CPU temps and the GPU cooling by default is very good with the bottom intake blowing directly into the graphics card fan.

    The design would be very good for water cooling indeed but I didn't feel the CPU needed it to be honest. For anything up to a modest OC air will work fine.

    Whichever cooling solution is chosen, a little bit of extra TLC goes a long way to getting the best out of it.
  5. johnny sublime


    Joined: 5 Jul 2009

    Posts: 843

    Location: DONcaster

    you cant let the obsidan go to waste use it and tell him youll give him the money later
  6. C64


    Joined: 16 Mar 2007

    Posts: 12,811

    Location: London

    800D is meant for watercooling really although I am sure with a bit of modding could be made to cool on air better.
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