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I am planning to build an HTPC using the A8-3850 APU. I am using quite a small case, thus, I can only use a CPU/APU cooler with a maximum height of 70 mm. (I'm refraining from the stock AMD cooler this build because it tends to get loud, and that's a no-no in a quiet living room.) I found a Thermaltake MeOrb CPU/APU Air Cooler which I think would look good aesthetically in my case, cool my APU well, and fit my case. In the specifications, the maximum TDP wattage it supports is 65W CPU/APUs. The APU I will use has a TDP of 100W. Will there be a compatibility error if I use the MeOrb on the A8-3850?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 10
get a Scythe big shuriken or big shuriken 2 (with a regular 25mm thick fan like a TB SIlence PWM for Example) or a Prolimatech Samuel 17

these are the best options and i'd always prefer a cooler were you can change the fan...


and there won't be a "compatibility issue". your cpu just gets hotter the higher the TDP, wich means the TT cooler might not be able to handle the heat of your cpu under full load....
Edited by Elohim - 11/2/11 at 7:24pm
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Are those CPU/APU coolers compatible with the FM1 socket?
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post #4 of 10
That cooler is not capable of cooling 100w of heat, find a cooler that has at least 90w TDP with 120mm fan .

Example
LINK:http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=23935
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post #5 of 10
the geminii is too big though...

and the scythe big shuriken would be 71mm with a 25mm thick fan, so you might use the standard 12mm thickk fan:

http://www.scythe-eu.com/produkte/cp...huriken-2.html
http://www.prolimatech.com/en/produc...id=420#showtab

and yes, these are compatible to fm1
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post #6 of 10
Mounting mechanism for FM1 socket is exactly the same as AM2, AM2+, you can mount Am2/Am2 + coolers on FM1 boards.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Elohim View Post
the geminii is too big though...

and the scythe big shuriken would be 71mm with a 25mm thick fan, so you might use the standard 12mm thickk fan:

http://www.scythe-eu.com/produkte/cp...huriken-2.html
http://www.prolimatech.com/en/produc...id=420#showtab

and yes, these are compatible to fm1
I dont know the size of the case. Maybe those wont fit also.
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I dont know the size of the case. Maybe those wont fit also.

Quote:
Originally Posted by funfortehfun View Post
I can only use a CPU/APU cooler with a maximum height of 70 mm.

the cooler master is 88 mm tall
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I am going to use the SilverStone Grandia 06.

@All who replied to my question
Thanks for all the replies! I'm starting to get a good idea of what APU cooler I should get.
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This CPU actually comes with a low profile CPU cooler that will work fine: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116401

For a compact HTPC build, The 620T is a better choice IMO. much lower TDP, low profile HSF included, good IPC, more ITX mobo options, etc etc...
     
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