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Need help choosing a cooling solution for an extremely portable build

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I'm having a hard time choosing a cooling solution for my new build. Here's a link to it if you want to see everything: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/O5s6

The problem I'm facing is that this build will be on the road with me a couple hundred miles a month. Here are the options I'm looking at, and I need some help:

- Corsair H80i: I'm worried about this because it's a liquid cooling solution. I don't know whether the pump will break or I'll end up with a leak after one too many potholes.

- Noctua NH-C12: This guy is a couple pounds attached directly to the motherboard. On a stationary setup this wouldn't worry me, but I don't know how much damage it might do going over bumps in the car all the time.

- Various small heatsinks: I just assume that these would be grossly insufficient for this build. Maybe I'm wrong about that?

Help!
post #2 of 8
I would not worry about the H80i leaking unless you are going to be mounting/unmounting daily, and only if you are using scissors to remove it biggrin.gif

Assuming you have a good unit that does not leak or have a bad pump, I don't think being on the road will offer additional wear and tear to the unit. The mass is spread between the Rad bolted to the side of the case (might want to periodically check to see if rad/fan screws are loosening) and the waterblock/pump mounted on top of the CPU. A better distribution of weight I think then lets say a huge/tall air cooler bolted onto the mobo.

I would pick H80i and avoid the pot holes when possible. thumb.gif
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6700K GA-Z170N-WIFI Geforce Titan X Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 DRAM 2... 
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Samsung SM951 512GB (NVMe)  SAMSUNG EVO 850 500 GB Corsair H100i Windows 10 
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post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
I came across this post on hardforum: http://hardforum.com/showpost.php?p=1038851399&postcount=2

Someone is using the stock cooler in a nearly identical build to my own. Assuming I don't plan to do any overclocking, is this an acceptable alternative for me?
post #4 of 8
Acceptable temps opinions vary greatly in this forum, but using TJMAX as a objective starting point, I would say acceptable max temp would be 20 degrees below TJMAX. If you are gaming and not doing anything multi core intensive like encoding or running Prime95 for fun, you will probably have nothing to worry about in a non overclocked system. This is assuming you don't plan on gaming in a car with no AC and the windows rolled up.
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Samsung SM951 512GB (NVMe)  SAMSUNG EVO 850 500 GB Corsair H100i Windows 10 
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Samsung SM951 512GB (NVMe)  SAMSUNG EVO 850 500 GB Corsair H100i Windows 10 
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post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Please forgive my newbishness, but you're saying that the stock cooler would be acceptable assuming no overclock?

Would something small like the Arctic Alpine 7 be an improvement? (Or any other small cooler you might recommend?)

Thanks for your help with this.
post #6 of 8
That cooler would not improve temps. Might be a little bit quieter then the stock Intel. http://www.silentpcreview.com/article801-page3.html

When you say small cooler do you mean one that will fit in the SG08?
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Samsung SM951 512GB (NVMe)  SAMSUNG EVO 850 500 GB Corsair H100i Windows 10 
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post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
I mean both one that will fit in the SG08 and isn't something like the 2 pound Noctua NH-C12.

If the stock cooler really is OK then I suppose it isn't important.
post #8 of 8
I would roll with the stock cooler, it will get the job done. If you decide you want to overclock/encode video down the road or you are going to be gaming in an area with a high ambient temperatures, you can pick up an aftermarket cooler. Stock coolers get a bad rep here because they are not suitable for overclocking, but they work just fine if you use them as they were intended.
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Samsung SM951 512GB (NVMe)  SAMSUNG EVO 850 500 GB Corsair H100i Windows 10 
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LG Electronics UM95 34UM95C Silverstone sx600 G Corsair 380T 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung SM951 512GB (NVMe)  SAMSUNG EVO 850 500 GB Corsair H100i Windows 10 
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