Originally Posted by Droogie
Not really. They're garbage. I like keeping my stuff really cool.
Worse comes to worse, I'll get a low profile heatsink. I would just rather have a closed loop cooler.
I did find out an h50 will fit up top, but it doesn't give much clearance between it and the psu.
Nobody has answered the main question yet. How is the case overall?
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Stock coolers are not "garbage." They are "sufficient." Keeping the CPU cooler (unless under extreme circumstances) does absolutely nothing for stability or longevity. It only helps appease the OCD in you. I've done some testing and with a quiet fan profile in BIOS, the stock Intel cooler usually runs around 1000-1200RPM, which you can't hear unless you are almost pressing your ear to the PC. Also, unless you like to mine for Bitcoins using your CPU or do Folding or whatever to run the CPU 100% loaded 100% of the time, temperatures will probably be around 35-45°C. Yes, that is stock cooler with silent fan profile. That is, unless you botch the mounting. Oh yeah, and the stock thermal compound already on the bottom of the cooler works great the first time you use it, so no need to use aftermarket TIMs unless you remove/remount the stock cooler.
A closed loop cooler will fit at the top 120mm case fan location, with these caveats.
1) Use a slim 120mm fan. EXAMPLES
2) Use one with a slim radiator. The H60 has a slim radiator. The H80 does not. Those are just examples.
If you really, really want to use a closed loop cooler (understanding fully that it is 100% money wasted with a Core i3) you should keep an eye out for deals. When using the same fan, there is probably not much performance difference among the various closed loop coolers with similarly thin radiators. For instance I've seen deals on the Antec Kuhler H20 620, and the Zalman LQ-310. Heck, the LQ-310 was available a few times for $30 after rebate. Also, the Corsair Hydro H50 is pretty similar to the "new" H60 in that it uses similar tubing and radiator, just a different pump. Also, the "new" H60 (and above) cost more because of the upgraded fan which you won't use if you buy a slim fan. Those pumps on all these that I've mentioned use a twist-on mounting style, meaning they are probably all from the same Asetek factory (in China?
). The good thing about these is that they are so ubiquitous that you can buy pre-made mounting kits to use them on other products or sockets. For instance, oh look, a $6 GPU bracket
! This gives you the potential to re-purpose the cooler.
I do not have a Lian Li PC-Q08B. I do have, however, a Lian Li PC-Q11B and Lian Li PC-Q07B within arms reach of me right now, and have owned numerous larger Lian Li cases in the past. In general they are pretty nice. Not the most feature filled (no HDD dock at the top, no crazy toolless HDD trays, etc.) but they are decent quality and look fabulous
(hear it in your mind in an effeminate voice - more entertaining that way). If you have the need/desire for that many HDD bays, then you are pretty much limited to the PC-Q08, PC-Q25, TU200 and similar Lian Li cases, or the Fractal Design ITX cases. Can't go wrong with any of them.
As to "is it a good deal?" Normal price is $130, so $90 is decent. I see it bottoming out at $80
but that may have been a Shellshocker special. $90 is very close to historic low. Go forth and prosper, my son.
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