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I just upgraded my htpc from an old amd setup to a asrock z68 pro3-m with a 2600k. I use this as a secondary folding rig and need big cooling to keep the overclocked chip cool. There is one catch. My case is a lian-li pc-c37B. Great case, but it is low profile. This limits me to a cpu cooler with 70mm or less. What's out there that will really work? The stock cooler is giving me temps of 70+ degrees at 1.2v at 3.8ghz. I want to go to 4.4 or 4.5 but need better cooling. I have considered a closed loop water system but I would have to mount the rad on the outside of the case, and I am not sure I would be able to feed the heatsink through a low profile pci slot in the rear which is the only way into the case without cutting it. Suggestions? rolleyes.gif

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post #2 of 8
id suggest water cool it. if you dont want to do that, newegg does have quite a few low profile heatsinks, but i really couldnt tell you if they are really any better than the stock one.
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I manage to keep my i7 960 @ 66 degrees C at 4 GHz @ 100% load using a Corsair H70, it hangs off the back of my Thermaltake Bach HTPC case...

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post #5 of 8
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I think that is the way I am leaning. I can use one of the smaller heatsinks, but when they are $40-50 because they are "specialized" to fit small cases I might as well add the extra $10-20 and mod the case to run to closed h2o loop and hang the rad off the back. How thick is the heatsink/pump on the h70? I have 3 low profile pci slots in the back, and I don't think a pci slot is thick enough to fit the heatsink through. I am planning on modifying the case by cutting the divider between 2 of these slots with a dremel. I can then run the heatsink through and once mounted put the pci cover plates back just leaving the hoses running in-between.
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post #6 of 8
I simply cut two U-shaped slots into the top edge of the back panel and added plastic moulding to the sharp edges... once the lid is on it looks reasonable, and you can screw the fans to the back panel if needed.

I left mine floating, as it wasn't getting moved around, ever.

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post #7 of 8
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That is an excellent idea! I think that is what I am going to do too. Thanks for the input! thumb.gif +rep
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post #8 of 8
Mine is running BOINC 24/7.... so pulling the heat out of the system was a huge improvement. Warmed my room up nicely too !

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Antec P280 Scythe Kama Bay Speaker 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
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Keysonic wireless Silverstone 450 W SFX PSU Fractal Design Array R2 Griffin Powermate 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 870  Asus Maximus III Formula GTX 480  HD 5870 
RAMHard DriveCoolingMonitor
OCZ 4x 2Gb  WD 2TB Green Corsair H70 Dell 17"  
PowerCase
Coolermaster Silent Pro 750W NZXT Panzerbox 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 - 960 Asus P6T7 WS Revolution with MIPS water blocks. XFX HD 7950 + waterblock Powercolour R9 280X 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial Ballistics Tracer 6 x 4Gb 2Tb WD caviar green Crucial M4 64 Gb SSD  Sony NEC DVD  
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Apogee Drive + Allphacool 180mm rad W7 Dell 29" 21:9 IPS monitor Coolermaster 1250W PSU 
CaseAudio
Antec P280 Scythe Kama Bay Speaker 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
i7-4770K Asus Impact VI HyperX beast 2400MHz 2x 8Gb WD 1Tb caviar black x3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Intel X-25 SSD 80 Gb Corsair H80 W7 Panasonic 32" HDTV 
KeyboardPowerCaseOther
Keysonic wireless Silverstone 450 W SFX PSU Fractal Design Array R2 Griffin Powermate 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 870  Asus Maximus III Formula GTX 480  HD 5870 
RAMHard DriveCoolingMonitor
OCZ 4x 2Gb  WD 2TB Green Corsair H70 Dell 17"  
PowerCase
Coolermaster Silent Pro 750W NZXT Panzerbox 
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