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Thermalright True Spirit 120M. I know it's 145mm but the only possible point of contact is pipe tips with side fan and they should not be near the side fan... and that's if 1mm would be a problem. My experience is case specs are a little conservative to avoid problems. My Fractal Design Define R2 spec is 165mm and both Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme (165mm) & TC14PE (171mm) fit with room to spare. This is what I would get.


http://www.thermalright.com/html/products/cpu_cooler/true_spirit_120m.html

Same basic design as True Spirit 120 with less space between cpu and bottom fins and offset to clear RAM
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermalright-True-Spirit-120-CPU-Cooler-Review/1420/6
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1657/6/

Zalman make some nice round coolers; the CNPS9900 series. I'm thinking the round design will clear the side fan.


Less than 2c warmer than NH-D14 (TS 120M is 0.5c warmer than CNPS9900)
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/zalman_cnps9900/4.htm

Edit: No idea where on our big blue marble you are but if in UK here's CNPS9900-MAX £29.98
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BG-042-ZA&groupid=595&catid=678&subcat=
Edited by doyll - 1/26/13 at 4:44am
post #12 of 22
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Thermalright True Spirit 120M. I know it's 145mm but the only possible point of contact is pipe tips with side fan and they should not be near the side fan... and that's if 1mm would be a problem. My experience is case specs are a little conservative to avoid problems. My Fractal Design Define R2 spec is 165mm and both Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme (165mm) & TC14PE (171mm) fit with room to spare. This is what I would get.


http://www.thermalright.com/html/products/cpu_cooler/true_spirit_120m.html

Same basic design as True Spirit 120 with less space between cpu and bottom fins and offset to clear RAM
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermalright-True-Spirit-120-CPU-Cooler-Review/1420/6
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1657/6/

Zalman make some nice round coolers; the CNPS9900 series. I'm thinking the round design will clear the side fan.


Less than 2c warmer than NH-D14 (TS 120M is 0.5c warmer than CNPS9900)
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/zalman_cnps9900/4.htm

Edit: No idea where on our big blue marble you are but if in UK here's CNPS9900-MAX £29.98
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BG-042-ZA&groupid=595&catid=678&subcat=

Wow! Thanks for the intense research man. I live in the States (Tx actually) so getting that Zalman will be pretty easy. I'll definitely pick one up to try it. Thanks you guys! wink.gif
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post #13 of 22
Phanteks 14CS is very powerful and is under 144mm.
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post #15 of 22
Yes, Phanteks PH-TC14CS will fit.

I prefer towers because case cooling / cool air to cooler is easier to achieve. Hot exhaust out back /top and cool air from front/bottom.
With down flow coolers the GPU blocks one side, RAM blocks another, mobo I/O and mobo chips/heatsinks do too.. and no way to capture/direct the hot exhaust out of case.. The intake air blowing into cooler > onto mobo curls back and often ends up being sucked back into cooler intake... redface.gif
post #16 of 22
I just saw that you can use 169mm coolers without the sidefan. Therefore get a good cooler and dont use the side fan wink.gif
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post #17 of 22
Problem is Guardian 921 RB only has 4 possible places for fans.
Front, 1 X 120 mm LED Fan [Included]
Rear, 1 X 120 mm Fan [Included]
Side Panel, 1 X 120 mm LED Fan[Included]
Top, 1 x 120/140mm
http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/guardian_921_rb

Only simple options I can think of are:
1/ front and side in w:th back out and top open.
2/ top and back in with front out and side open.

I was trying to keep it as simple as possible and still get reasonable airflow and cooling.
Elohim, can you think of any other flow suggestions that might work better than option #1?

Not a case I would use unless forced to. frown.gif
post #18 of 22
I use a Lian Li P50 at the moment with 1x120mm intake in the front, 1x120mm exhaust in the back and 1x140mm exhaust in the top wich works just fine smile.gif
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post #19 of 22
Than maybe go with a DeepCool Assassin for $39.95
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=33412
and move the side fan to the top.

If that doesn't give enough airflow use the $20-30 saved to get some better case fans.

What do you think?
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Than maybe go with a DeepCool Assassin for $39.95
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=33412
and move the side fan to the top.

If that doesn't give enough airflow use the $20-30 saved to get some better case fans.

What do you think?

I'm on board. I think I'll try that, and if I change my mind I'll get something else and save that for a potential second build. tongue.gif

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