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I got a deal on a used xeon e3-1280 and I am building a new itx system around it since I need a smaller pc anyway. I will be using a p8h77-i. I need a small (probably top-down) cooler that will work with this board without overlapping anything. It will be going in a bitfenix prodigy and will not be overclocked.

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Would the Scythe Big Shuriken 2 be any good for you? Very low profile cooler but also performs quite well.

Retails for around $30.

http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/cpu/120/scbsk2000_index.html

A quick Google search yielded this page, might be useful for you on deciding which one will fit and provide enough clearance smile.gif

http://www.frostytech.com/top5_lowprofile_heatsinks.cfm
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I was about to suggest BIG Shuriken as well but I see its already suggested. If you need lower and smaller than that then perhaps a water cooling kit - say a http://www.aquatuning.de/product_info.php/info/p13668_Alphacool-NexXxoS-Cool-Answer-120-LT-ST---kit.html - although it would be substantially more expensive than a Shuriken. on the positive side, however, this particular kit already has pretty small components - now the res /pump top combo is a bit low quality and also a bit too bulky probably for an ITX kit, however, for these pumps you can get a separate plexi top which is so small, that it would fit even inside ITX case without problems. The pump is about as big as 2 euros and approx 20mm thick and surprisingly effective for such a small one.
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Yeah don't want to go with water. Honestly if it had a stock heatsink that would probably be fine so I don't need anything fancy. I am trying to downsize here to something smaller, simpler less expensive and exotic.

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Why go with a Prodigy and then a small cooler? One of the nice features of the Prodigy is that it can take a full size heatsink. There are plenty out there that will work with that board.

If you truly want something small that won't overlap anything, take a look at this...about as small as you can get...

You might also look at the Samuel 17...I've used that in a couple LiLi builds and it did alright...
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Why go with a Prodigy and then a small cooler? One of the nice features of the Prodigy is that it can take a full size heatsink. There are plenty out there that will work with that board.

If you truly want something small that won't overlap anything, take a look at this...about as small as you can get...

You might also look at the Samuel 17...I've used that in a couple LiLi builds and it did alright...

I am more concerned with it overlapping the board and clearing the memory. (Using corsair dominator platinum) If a tall cooler can work with that its fine bit I thought it was unlikely.

I needed something that could hold 2hdd and 2ssds so I picked this case. Plus I like the way it looks.

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gotcha...yeah the dom platinums are really tall (have a couple sets myself) What you may have to do is go to a double fan downdraft/updraft style and lose the bottom fan...these new phanteks are supposed to be pretty decent...
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Is turbo boost effected by cooling? Will cooler temps make it boost more often or is it purely a function of load level?

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temps have nothing to do with turbo (aside from the fact that the cpu will get warmer the faster it runs) It is based on load level
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I completely derped out and forgot I built an H61 itx build last year that used a Thermaltake Slim x3. Temps were decent super quiet and it fits without blocking ram or pci-e slots. I am assuming if it fits an h61 it should fit an h77. I don't know how I forgot about all that. lol
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