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Which CPU Cooler? [LGA 1155, mATX NZXT Vulcan]

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Hey everyone, I'm looking to replace my stock Intel LGA 1155 HSF for my i5-2500K. I'm looking for air-only cooling solutions for now.

Question 1:
Is it better to have a tower-style cooler mounted horizontally to exhaust air upwards out of my case? Or is it better to use a top/low profile-style cooler like the Geminii S (http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=3263)?

I don't have a rear exhaust fan, but I do have two 120mm exhaust fans at the top of my case (inside shots of my case are below).
Also, the max height of any tower-style cooling option is ~135mm.. this means HSF's like the Hyper 212+ and such won't fit.

Components for HSF Clearance Consideration:
1. mATX Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3 motherboard - http://www.gigabyte.us/fileupload/product/2/3855/4283_big.jpg
2. mATX NZXT Vulcan - http://common.ziffdavisinternet.com/util_get_image/22/0,1425,sz=1&i=225944,00.jpg

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Edited by mingqi53 - 3/22/12 at 7:43pm
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I would mount something like a Hyper 212 and mount it sideways, and have the air exhaust out the top.


http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0
Edited by Lazloisdavrock - 3/22/12 at 7:29pm
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Originally Posted by Lazloisdavrock View Post

I would mount something like a Hyper 212 and mount it sideways, and have the air exhaust out the top.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0

Problem is the long heatpipes and extra fins make the Hyper 212+ too tall, I need something that is around 135mm in height or less. I think even the Hyper TX3 may be too tall for the case, despite it having only a 92mm fan
Edited by mingqi53 - 3/22/12 at 7:44pm
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I would mount something like a Hyper 212 and mount it sideways, and have the air exhaust out the top.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0

actually, I would disagree in this case.

it's pretty plain to see that the GPU will be obstructing a majority of the fresh airflow provided by the front intake.
it's going to be very difficult for the CPU to get any of that air as the drive cages pose as wall of sorts, but the Vulcan does have a very large mesh side panel, meaning that the CPU has very good access at a very prominent source of cool air.

I think that you should think about a more modular design for your air cooling, not just one loop or tunnel.
A single front fan would be more than enough to keep your GPU fed with fresh air, in addition to providing airflow for the chipset, thus covering the bottom segment of your case,
and a top -facing CPU HSF would draw air from the outside of the case more efficiently and with less resistance than a tower style cooler would, distributing air over your VRM's as well as cooling the CPU effectively. You have two top facing fans which will act as a large enough displacement vector to cycle air rapidly through this area.
(additionally, a top-down cooler will inadvertently result in the light airflow over any drives you have mounted in the top bays.)

Some Good options for top-down coolers in the Vulcan:

- Enermax ETD-T60
- CM GeminII S524
- Noctua Noctua NHC-12P
(this one is a squeeze and will only fit on some boards if you want the top 2 fans, so you'll have to make measurements and compare them to these guys and their boards)
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Thanks for the reply stealthy, definitely considering either the GeminII S524 or the Enermax ETD-T60(-TB model as opposed to the -VD model; don't need flashy LEDs, would much rather prefer quieter and more effective cooling)

Now to look up and see if the Enermax will fit my Vulcan..
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SFF is a future passion of mine, I know it :]
much obliged; as long as my time goes to the progress of someone's build, I'm pretty happy.
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Now to look up and see if the Enermax will fit my Vulcan..

oh totally.
the thing's like 85mm tall d: (actually 110mm if you include the fan)
you don't have any ram to clear which is an additional worry off your list.

Here's some pictures of ekg84's Core 1000 with the T60 installed.
That case is ridiculously small. If it fit's in there, it will without a doubt slip easily into your Vulcan.

Given the LP height of the T60, my guess is that you'll be able to keep your fancy shmancy SSD mount as well tongue.gif
I'd measure is just to verify, but my guestimate is that you've got at least 105mm of clearance between your SSD and the socket, currently, based off of that 92mm fan mount in the back.
Either way, I suppode you could just throw that SSD in a drive cage if you had to, or you could move the mount forwards perhaps. (how is that thing mounted anyway?)

But yeah,
happy cooling biggrin.gif
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much obliged; as long as my time goes to the progress of someone's build, I'm pretty happy.
oh totally.
the thing's like 85mm tall d: (actually 110mm if you include the fan)
you don't have any ram to clear which is an additional worry off your list.
Here's some pictures of ekg84's Core 1000 with the T60 installed.
That case is ridiculously small. If it fit's in there, it will without a doubt slip easily into your Vulcan.
Given the LP height of the T60, my guess is that you'll be able to keep your fancy shmancy SSD mount as well tongue.gif
I'd measure is just to verify, but my guestimate is that you've got at least 105mm of clearance between your SSD and the socket, currently, based off of that 92mm fan mount in the back.
Either way, I suppode you could just throw that SSD in a drive cage if you had to, or you could move the mount forwards perhaps. (how is that thing mounted anyway?)
But yeah,
happy cooling biggrin.gif

Woohoo! Yeah my main concern was just having enough clearance towards the top of my motherboard, was worried the Enermax would clip the exhaust fans at the top of the case. Now to wait for the Enermax to go on sale heh.

I mounted the SSD vertically by putting it in a 2.5->3.5" adapter, and fortunately two of the screw-holes lined up perfectly with the vent-holes where the rear 92/80mm fan would go
post #8 of 8
hi im sorry cause im late to the topic
i was wondering if u can fit an

artic frezzer 13 (92mm)

causee its only 130mm
plus if u add the nzxt side fan (200mm) its only 30mm
so will it all fit 130 + 30 = 160mm
i think the case has 165mm clear

please help!
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