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This is partly in prep for IVB.

I'm using a Xigmatek Achillies S1284C (cross bow bracket on the way) at the moment, and it keeps my Q9550 nice and cool, and its nearly silent in my case until it hits 100C, but at idle I can run at 20% and maintain nice temps.

The fan is the stock fan (69cfm I think) so nothing special. I'm looking to get a noctua 120mm focused flow fan (upto 90CFM), to try and minimise the dead spot and improve the effectiveness of the achillies. I'm also wondering whether doing one of the two options below would help:

Angling the fan so that the airlfow is not parallel hence breaking up the surface layer of insulating air.
or
Pulling the fan back from the heatsink and using a spacer between the fan and heatsink itself.

and what about
blocking out the sides of the achillies so that air is forced through (although I think that the turbulence caused by blocking the end opposite the fan would be better)

Whats the collective wisdom (at this time i'm not interested in going water, I don't think that AIO is that much different to good air (and could only fit a 120mm ran anyway), and I don't want to invest in a customer water solution yet)
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3570k Asus P5B DL Wifi AP GTX470 Stock Crucial Ballistix 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128GB WD 500GB RE4 OCZ Solid 30GB x2 Xigmatek Achillies 
OSMonitorMonitorPower
win 7 64 dell 2048x1152 HP 1050x1680 - portrait Seasonic S12 II 600W 
CaseMouseAudio
P180B  G500 Creative Xi-Fi Gamer 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X2 255 M4A78LT-M-LE Onboard 2GB of DDR3 
Hard DriveCase
5TB of WHS storage (5TB before duplication) Fractal Define Mini 
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