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Hi everyone.

Okay, so I have built a few mid-range machines in my day, but have never ran into the problem that I encountered when building my latest last night.

I am running an i7 2600-K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz processor on an Asrock P67 Extreme4 mobo. Since the reviews I read were all pretty unanimous that the stock heat sink on this CPU is garbage, I decided to get an aftermarket that would provide a lot more cooling. I decided on the Coolermaster V8 CPU cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103055

Well, I spent last night putting this machine together, and everything was looking great. Then it came time to put the panel back on the side of the case and fire the thing up. That's when I realized the problem.

See, the case I am using is the Rosewill Blackhawk Mid-tower case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147107), and the heat sink for the CPU is pretty huge and goes up to pretty much the plane of the case. The case has a side fan that is pretty much directly over the heat sink and since the heat sink protrudes so far out, the side panel fan prevents me from putting the side panel back onto the case.

The way I see it, I have three options:
1) Replace the heat sink (I don't want to go this route)
2) Get a larger case (I'd prefer not having to do this)
3) Remove the side-panel fan

The problem is that the side panel fan seems to be a single piece with the actual side panel, meaning I can't just snap it off. I'd actually have to saw it off. If anyone else has this case and can correct me on this, please do.

I am just not sure what the best route is. Well, I know that getting a new case would probably be the best bet....but do I need that side panel fan? The case has 4 other fans in it currently: 2 supply on the front and 2 exhaust on the back, and I can put another fan or two elsewhere on the case. I'm just not sure if actually having a side fan is important, especially since I have such a large CPU cooler with its own built-in fan.

So, what do you guys think? I'd really like some input.
post #2 of 7
The side panel fan looks removable. There are screws for it, from what pictures show.

You don't need the side panel fan. Plus if the fan is pushing too much air then it causes too much turbulence and disrupts airflow.

Not to mention there isn't very many cases that are a lot wider.
    
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Remove the fan, which you can do by unscrewing the 4 screws from the exterior of the case. The fan should come right off.
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I would do what it takes too be able too put the side panel on.Even if it means cutting a whole in the hood and having that big v8 stick up out of the hood.
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Originally Posted by aksthem1 View Post
The side panel fan looks removable. There are screws for it, from what pictures show.

You don't need the side panel fan. Plus if the fan is pushing too much air then it causes too much turbulence and disrupts airflow.

Not to mention there isn't very many cases that are a lot wider.
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Remove the fan, which you can do by unscrewing the 4 screws from the exterior of the case. The fan should come right off.
This! It looks quite apparent from the pictures on newegg that the fan is screwed on from the outside. Is your case different? The side fan in that location wont do you any good with your aftermarket cpu cooler anyhow so just move it some place else or stash it for later.
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post #6 of 7
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Thanks guys. I admit that it was pretty late when I was struggling with this and I was tired as hell. Maybe I just didn't notice the screws. There do seem to be some subtle differences between the pictures on newegg and the case I received, though, so I'll have to check it closer when I get home from work. You're probably right though. It doesn't make much sense to have a fan that can't be removed, does it?

I will do what I can to get this beast to fit. From what I hear it's some of the best air-cooling that you can get, especially for the price.
post #7 of 7
ive got the antec 902 case with same fan in same spot and had same problem you do i took jigsaw and cut top corner of fan and put it back on.ive got the coolemaster v8 cooler
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