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post #1 of 24
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Hi all!

The quest is: Cool the i7 2600 as quiet as possible in this case.

Heres a pic, how it looks now:


So no, it has no space for the stock fan on the top, but it wont be passive cooled. There is place for 2x 80mm fans behind the heatsink.
And there will be another 120mm in front, beside the other, that blows on the sink too. So the Rasetsu is converted to a tower like cpu cooler, but the fans are not directly on it...

The big question is, may this be sufficient, or ...
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Only one way to find out
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post #3 of 24
I would recommend undervolting and a super quiet fan such as gentle typhoon - it should definitely work since these are 95w parts. Turn of hyper-threading if you want even less power consumption and heat. - you also might want to find some super quite 80mm fans as well as typical 80mm fans tend to be a bit loud.
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Disable HT and 3 out of the 4 cores and you'll have a really cool cpu.
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Can you fit a 12mm thick fan where the stock one should be? If so, is there any ventilation on the top in your case?
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post #6 of 24
can you post a few more pics of the case so that the airflow routes, intakes & exhausts are shown better?

I think it'll be fine - but you may want to add some ducting to make sure you have the air going where you want it to rather than down the centre & below the fins or out of the top.
post #7 of 24
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To answer all:

No, there is NO space above the sink for a fan. Not even a thin fan. Search the Aercool QX-2000 case for more pics on this.

The air flow will be pretty straight: Since the VGA card will separate the other half of the case, 1x 120mm will blow in in the front, and 2x 80mms will exhaust at the back of the heatsink.
The upper etage of the case has airflow too, an 80mm exhaust. So if there is hot air going up to the upper etage from the sink (since the case has holes there), this fan pulls it out.

PS: i have Coolink SWIF2 80P fans in the plans. These are with pretty good cfm/noise ratio.
Edited by LocutusH - 7/22/11 at 11:20am
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post #8 of 24
Are you trying to stay with air cooling?
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Are you trying to stay with air cooling?
Yeah, since i cant fit the H50's radiator nowhere inside. Dont want to over complicate it..
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Originally Posted by LocutusH View Post
Yeah, since i cant fit the H50's radiator nowhere inside. Dont want to over complicate it..
That's the beauty..move the radiators outside the case, and let them passively radiate heat (maybe a larger radiator or WC loop). Of course, I'm not referencing cost to do this. Silently cooling things with air, especially with a higher heat output, is always tricky. If there is no room, find a different case that has it, or better internal component positioning,a s that would be cheaper than building a loop.
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