Does the Antec 1200 need more cooling? 14 replies

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Tanith

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#1 9 years ago

I was just wondering does the Antec 1200 case really need more fans/changing to better fans or spending more money on a water cooling set-up as isn't it a case that was designed with cooling in mind?

Also if you do think that this Case does need more cooling what would you buy if you were going to go for just the Fan way of cooling and what would you buy if you were going to go the water-cooled way of cooling. I've been doing some research and found that setting up watercolling on this case is not an easy task and probably would be more simple and a lot cheaper to stick with fans.




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#2 9 years ago

Water cooling in general is more expsensive than air, but I don't imagine it would be too tricky... a 2x120 rad in the back wouldn't even require any drilling, and there's plenty of room for a pump/res.

I can't remember what fans are included with the case or not. I would add a second exhaust fan to the back if it isn't included, as well as the intake fan on the side.




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#3 9 years ago

The Antec 1200 has: a top mounted 200mm blue LED fan, two rear blue LED 120mm fans, and three front blue LED 120mm fans to cool the HDD cages.




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#4 9 years ago

Yeah, so just the side fan then. What CPU cooler do you have? If you have one that supports the use of two 120mm fans, you'd be better served by taking one of the back 120s and sticking it on the cooler.




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#5 9 years ago

I've got the 900, which is the 1200 but a little shorter (2 HDD racks instead of 3), and have never had problems with cooling. I've got a AMD 6000+ X2 64, 2GB Corsair XMS RAM, 5 HDD's, and a 8800GTS. I added the side fan, and have considered water cooling, but then decided it'd be too expensive.

Out of curiosity's sake, what are you planning on putting in the case?




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#6 9 years ago

Homer Gonerson;4832854I've got the 900, which is the 1200 but a little shorter (2 HDD racks instead of 3), and have never had problems with cooling. I've got a AMD 6000+ X2 64, 2GB Corsair XMS RAM, 5 HDD's, and a 8800GTS. I added the side fan, and have considered water cooling, but then decided it'd be too expensive.

Out of curiosity's sake, what are you planning on putting in the case?

i7 2.2ghz processor (Probably will overclock to 4ghz), Corsair 6GB DDR3 Ram 1600Mhz, Nvidia Geforce GTX 285.

This is just pre planning for a build haven't got any of the components yet. Been looking at some CPU coolers was thinking about getting the Noctua NH-U12P SE1366.




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#7 9 years ago

I'd have a look at Cooler Master's HAF 932. If you like the look of it, it's an excellent case. It's probably got similar if not better cooling to the 1200, but it's quieter, because most of its fans are 230mm. (one front, one top, one side) and a 140mm out back too.

FYI, a 230mm will move over twice the air of a 120 (closer to three times) and be quieter. So that's almost three 120s up front, almost three up top, three at the side, and a 140 exhaust at the back.




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#8 9 years ago

Just stick with the 1200. I dont know how you have airflow problems. I have the 900 and my temps are great. I would suggest you get a quality heatsink. Either a Xigmatek or a TRUE if you're willing to spend some dough. Noctua makes some good stuff but too pricy IMO.




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#9 9 years ago

The_Daedalus;4832886I'd have a look at Cooler Master's HAF 932. If you like the look of it, it's an excellent case. It's probably got similar if not better cooling to the 1200, but it's quieter, because most of its fans are 230mm. (one front, one top, one side) and a 140mm out back too.

FYI, a 230mm will move over twice the air of a 120 (closer to three times) and be quieter. So that's almost three 120s up front, almost three up top, three at the side, and a 140 exhaust at the back.

So wish you did not mention that to me lol

Found several forums comparing the Antec 1200 and the HAF 932 and there are conflicting views over which one is better. Can't find a direct comparison between the two anywhere.




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#10 9 years ago

Haha. They're very similar alright. Personally I like the looks of the HAF more than the 1200, and there's also the fact that is has room for up to three rads. one 3x120 and two 2x120s on the door, LOL

It's up to you. I'd say the only really differences are noise level (the HAF being quieter) and LED controls on the 1200. The other obvious difference being the color of the LEDs, but I'm just going to remove the LEDs from the HAFs fans anyway.




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