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Hello, I currently have a sound card on my 1st PCI-E slot, unfortunately my D14 fan clips were touching the sound card.....I pulled out my D14 and just using a temporary hyper 212+ I had laying around....the problem is, I don't really have anywhere else to put my sound card....my motherboard has a black PCI-E 16x slot at the very bottom.....however my Asus DC2's sag quite a bit, and prevents me from putting any expansion card down there.....so right now I only have the top PCI-E 1x slot left open.....it's just I can't use my D14 because the clips hit the back of the PCB

Is there anyway around this? Also I am open to suggestions with another cooler....is there any cooler out there that isn't as gigantic as the D14, but still a step up from the 212+, and still allows clearance for my sound card? If so, let me know....thanks in advanced!
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post #2 of 13
Your easiest option would be a hydro cooler. Not a full loop but one of the corsair sealed loop systems.

If you're gonna do it, you might as well go with the H100i which has a digital interface and is pretty much the be all and end all with the right fans.

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P.S It's got a tiny head on the CPU, the clearance will be fine biggrin.gif
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Would insulating the fan clips with something like electrical tape be possible?
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Your easiest option would be a hydro cooler. Not a full loop but one of the corsair sealed loop systems.
If you're gonna do it, you might as well go with the H100i which has a digital interface and is pretty much the be all and end all with the right fans.
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P.S It's got a tiny head on the CPU, the clearance will be fine biggrin.gif

Ahhh, u know what? I was considering that myself....but I hear too many horror stories about pumps going bad, or coolant leaking...scares the crap out of me frown.gif

But yeah, definitely an H100 would be my top pick in terms of cooling and clearance wise
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I had this problem also but with the Phanteks. I used a thin piece of rubber to separate the clip and the soundcard. No problem at all smile.gif It was a tight fit, but I shoved it in there wink.gif
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I'll be honest,

Those hydro series are pretty damn reliable, I've never actually heard of one leaking since corsair test those very heavily before sales. The pump in them isn't very strong but it is quite reliable. The one that I had got sold to a housemate a year ago, I had it for 2 years and it's still going strong.

You can always RMA, but I can assure you they are very reliable. The idea above about electrical tape is very good to be honest, it's simple, cheap and effective, you could always consider that if you don't mind it being there.

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Ahhh, u know what? I was considering that myself....but I hear too many horror stories about pumps going bad, or coolant leaking...scares the crap out of me frown.gif
But yeah, definitely an H100 would be my top pick in terms of cooling and clearance wise
Corsair Hydro series is a bag of worms. Problems day one and new H80i/H100i are having fan and firmware problems. I prefer air but if I was going CLC Corsair would not be one I would even consider.
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I'll be honest,
Those hydro series are pretty damn reliable, I've never actually heard of one leaking since corsair test those very heavily before sales. The pump in them isn't very strong but it is quite reliable. The one that I had got sold to a housemate a year ago, I had it for 2 years and it's still going strong.
You can always RMA, but I can assure you they are very reliable. The idea above about electrical tape is very good to be honest, it's simple, cheap and effective, you could always consider that if you don't mind it being there.
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Yeah, they reliably have problems with grinding pumps, grinding fans, firmware updates for new I series that are actually a year old and 'fix' rattling fans by increasing their speed and result is they now buzzing.

A piece of file folder stock is better than electrical tape.wink.gif Less chance of sharp points on back of card poking through it. Could use any thin cardboard or plastic... like from a DVD case or similar.
Edited by doyll - 11/29/12 at 4:20am
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Noctua recommends insulating the clips as previously mentioned. It is also in the literature.
    
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post #9 of 13
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I know doyll mentioned using file folder stock, what exactly is this?

btw insulating with electrical tape is a bi+ch...theres like no damn room for my fingers to move around
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post #10 of 13
http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=faqs&step=2&products_id=34&lng=es#18

it`s logical that you have to take off the fan and clips and use the electrical tape
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