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NZXT H510 Fan Setup – Build Guide

Getting the right airflow through your case is essential for keeping your system cool and performing well over time. The NZXT H510 case comes with the NZXT H510 Fan Kit, which includes 2 120mm fans, but if you’re not happy with their placement, adding an additional fan can make a big difference in cooling performance. In this guide, we will teach you about the NZXT H510 fan setup so that you can add an extra fan to your system without any issues. 

That said, before you go about placing more fans inside your case, it’s important to ensure that your case can actually support that much airflow. Plus, it might feel like setting up fans can be a daunting task, but rest assured that it will only take a couple of your minutes to set up the NZXT H510 fans. Plus, they are pretty simple to set up if you follow the instructions given below thoroughly. 

NZXT H510 Fan Setup Guide

Step 1. Choose your fans

  1. The first thing that you need to do is choose the preferable fan size. The NZXT H510 supports either 120mm or 140mm fans, with the intake fan acting as an exhaust for air and one outtake fan acting as an intake for the case. For a basic setup, we will assume that you want to use a 140mm fan on the top and 2 120mm fans on the bottom of your case.
  2. Next, you need to choose which orientations you want your fans in. You can either have them blowing air directly into the case (standard), blowing out of the case (reverse), or completely off (off). To make sure there is enough airflow, we recommend using standard orientation for all three fans. 
  3. Finally, you should decide if you want LED lights on your fans. These are primarily aesthetic and can be distracting while gaming, so they are not recommended if possible. If you would like LED lights, then make sure to choose Yes under LED Control.

Step 2. Prepare your case for building

Prepare your case for building by removing the four screws holding down the two side panels. Now remove the six screws holding the five internal hard drive cage brackets and place them in a safe spot, as you’ll need them later. 

Next, remove all of the hard drives, placing them on one side of your workspace, and slide out the wire management tray on the opposite side of your workspace. This will reveal four additional screws that you will need to remove to detach this tray from its brackets on either end. There are two sets of brackets at each end, so make sure to take both off before proceeding. 

Once it’s detached, pull the wire management tray towards you and slide it back into the case’s frame, where it will clip into place with a satisfying click. Push the power supply back until it clips into place. Slide the motherboard into position and use a screwdriver to tighten the thumbscrews located in the corner of each hole. Connecting your motherboard securely to your case’s motherboard standoffs. 

If your motherboard is larger than the standard ATX size, you may have extra holes, which will allow you to connect it using screws rather than thumbscrews. With these done, line up and fasten six standoffs onto the other side of your board and tighten them securely with a screwdriver or Phillips head screwdriver.

Step 3. Install your fans

Next, you will want to install your fans. Start by holding your motherboard with the side you’re installing facing up. Place the fans where you want to screw them in and make sure all wire lengths are of an appropriate length to allow for a clean build. 

Finally, you need to position your heatsink and attach it securely with the four screws that were provided with it. There should be an appropriate thermal paste already applied to this surface that needs to now be spread evenly across its surface using a credit card or other material that won’t fray or leave paper fibers behind. Once done, screw in your heatsink to the motherboard as tightly as possible without compromising anything else nearby.

Step 4. Add a fan controller

For this, you have a few options. The first is to get a fan controller with variable fan speeds. This way, you can adjust the speed of each fan manually or based on the temperature in your case. You can find one online that will work with up to five fans, and it doesn’t require any power outside of what you’re already getting from your motherboard. 

The next option is an automatic controller like NZXT’s Hue system, which includes both an app and case lighting that change depending on how hot things are inside your computer and how fast the fans are running. With Hue+, you can turn on lighting effects for movies and games too.

Setup with NZXT Kraken Z63

If you’re not looking to push your CPU and/or GPU over the edge, a basic cooling setup should be more than enough for most people. Here’s how to set up your case:

Connect one end of the included 3-pin fan cable to the CPU fan header on your motherboard and plug the other end into one of the empty 3-pin fan connectors on your case (one near or above the graphics card if there are any available). 

Note: Use only 1 cooler at a time per system. Connect 1 fan each to 2 different case mounts using either supplied screws, alternate clips, or push-pins as needed. Finally, connect the additional 6-pin connector from your power supply to the CPU 4-pin header on your motherboard. 

That will power both the CPU and GPU fans when your PC is powered on. You’ll want to keep an eye on them during use to make sure they’re spinning freely, but that’s about it.

What are NZXT H510 Fans?

People use NZXT H120 fans in their CPUs as a cooling system so that they can keep the temperature of their systems down while gaming and doing other heavy tasks. This cooling setup comes along with 2 120mm fans pre-installed but gives you the option to perform more NZXT H510 fan setup if you want according to your system’s requirements.  

Read: What is the safest laptop temperature while gaming? 

What is the best configuration for NZXT h510 flow with arctic p120s/ f120s?

It’s important to take into account what size fan you’re running when deciding on the best fan configuration. If you’re using two fans in the front, it would be more efficient to have one exhaust and one intake. 

There is also a 120mm x 25mm space for the additional fan in the top position for a p120 or f120 radiator for GPU cooling or better airflow. If you’re looking to just keep your CPU cool with maybe some other small case components, then this cooler could be enough and even more so if you go with air cooling instead of water cooling. 

The rest of the decisions come down to personal preference! One thing that people may want to consider is how much clearance they want between their motherboard and hard drive cage (which is great because NZXT has included an optional HDD bracket). If they want a tight build that can handle any system, they’ll want an extra 5-10mm clearance from the hard drive cage, which will mean removing the second 120mm fan from the back of the case.

Lastly, if you decide not to use either one of these brackets (or any other custom bracket), we recommend mounting all three fans up top by removing all HDD cages and replacing them with some solid metal, as pictured below.

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How many fans do I need for NZXT H510?

The number of fans you need to set up for NZXT H510 depends on what you plan to do with the case. If you plan to have a gaming computer with powerful hardware, then make sure you have a side fan and a back fan. 

We would recommend installing the fans in order, starting from the top and going down. You should start by installing a fan at the front as well as the bottom of the case. 

Next, install another fan on one side of the back panel so that it can intake air through the mesh design on both sides. Finally, add two more fans on the other side of the back panel to push air outwards. It mostly depends on your use; thus, if you are into heavy gaming more fans should come in handy for you. 

Is the airflow good in NZXT H510?

The NZXT H510 is a computer case aimed at the entry-level market and has ample room for a single high-end graphics card. The case comes with three fans: two front intake fans and one rear exhaust fan. When you install the optional top panel, which covers your motherboard and power supply, you get an additional exhaust fan to help expel hot air from inside the case. 

This makes for effective cooling of all components. The airflow through this design is exceptional and will give users added a bit of reassurance when overclocking their system. The four-fan setup in NZXT H510 may be inadequate if you use many components or a system with multiple graphics cards; however, it can be adapted easily by adding more intake fans.

Does H510 need intake fans?

To keep your PC running optimally, you’ll need to consider the airflow design inside your chassis. If your case doesn’t come with a built-in intake fan, then you will need to add one. Without an intake fan, hot air will recirculate inside your case, and lead to hotter component temperatures and therefore degraded performance. 

That’s why we always recommend installing an intake fan near the top of the front panel or in another place where it will pull in cool air from outside of the case. For example, if your case has a side panel window, then that would be the ideal spot for an intake fan.

Conclusion

The NZXT H510 is one of the most unique cases I have ever worked with. The LEDs on the front, bottom, and sides give it a sleek appearance and are perfect for any color scheme. If you don’t like LEDs, then NZXT also has a variety of pre-installed fans to accommodate your needs. Even though the number of included fans is low, this should not be too much of an issue as the case can easily accommodate up to two additional 140mm/120mm fans on top or two 140mm fans in front. 

Thus, you can easily install extra fans according to your needs. The process is pretty simple, and to further help you, we have covered all the steps of the NZXT H510 fan setup above to make your life easier. 

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