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I found a case running around my house and thought that I could fix it up and use it for my next build. But, I noticed something about my case. It doesn't have that CPU fan hole on the motherboard tray. I wanted to get a hyper 212+ and do I need the hole to install it? I already did the cable management so if I need that hole, I would need to start all over.

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/231/sam3519.jpg/

Cable Management on the EliteXStream takes ages..
Edited by l3eans - 7/19/11 at 9:11pm
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I found a case running around my house and thought that I could fix it up and use it for my next build. But, I noticed something about my case. It doesn't have that CPU fan hole on the motherboard tray. I wanted to get a hyper 212+ and do I need the hole to install it? I already did the cable management so if I need that hole, I would need to start all over.
Nope. However, the hole makes it much easier to replace the thermal paste or to replace the CPU. Without that hole, the motherboard has to be taken out. With the hole, all you have to do is access the backplate through the hole (make sure you tip the case on its side so gravity keeps the backplate where it is once all of the screws are removed).

For the initial installation, you can install the heatsink outside of the case.
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Yes, you need to remove the motherboard and other parts. Get you old trusty dremel out and mark it out. Cut it out very slowly And order some of this to make it look good.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...oducts_id=3590
or
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=20451
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Thank you. That clears things up.
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Thank you. That clears things up.
You're very welcome.

All of this became very clear for me when I upgraded to Sandy Bridge. You see, the CM 690 (the original, not the "II") does not have a hole there. Now, my previous air cooler was the original Tuniq Tower which has a sticky backplate. That meant that I could replace my thermal paste or the CPU without having to worry about the backplate coming off the back of the motherboard.

With the Thermaltake Frio, the only way to keep it on the back of the motherboard is to attach it to the heatsink through the motherboard. So then I realized that if a day comes where I want to replace my thermal paste or the CPU, then I will need to remove the motherboard first otherwise the backplate will come right off and I'll lose it behind the motherboard until I remove the motherboard.

However, the initial installation was a breeze. I just installed the heatsink, put my motherboard in my case, and then all was good.
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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
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I found a case running around my house and thought that I could fix it up and use it for my next build. But, I noticed something about my case. It doesn't have that CPU fan hole on the motherboard tray. I wanted to get a hyper 212+ and do I need the hole to install it? I already did the cable management so if I need that hole, I would need to start all over.

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/231/sam3519.jpg/

Cable Management on the EliteXStream takes ages..
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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