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Air or Liquid Coing with a FT03 mini

post #1 of 5
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hi, been reading these forums for a long time so here goes my first post

I am about to purchase a FT03 mini and was wondering what would be better for cooling my i5 2400 one of those pre filled watercooling loops as silverstone has made accommodations for a 120mm radiator at the bottom of the case or something like a Noctua air cooler. I want the cooler to be easy to clean and quiet here are a few i was looking at, i am open to suggestion on the cooler and have no brad loyalty but the cooler must be in stock from scan ready for delivery by friday

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/noctua-nh-l12-low-profile-high-performance-cpu-cooler-intel-lga2011115511561366775-and-amd-fm1am3plu

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsair-h55-hydro-series-cpu-cooler-lga-115x-1366-and-2011-and-am2-am3-and-fm1

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/corsair-hydro-series-h60-2013-edition-high-performance-cpu-cooler-lga1155-1156-775-1366-2011-am2-am3

cheers
Edited by j1bby - 6/12/13 at 7:58pm
post #2 of 5
AIO(all in one) liquid cooler is highly recommended.
since it is really cramped inside, those fans won't get much airflow
and
air cooler's fan blade might get caught on cables

I'm pretty sure that power supply will be fighting for the airflow with air cooler for the fresh air from bottom 140mm fan.
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AMD A10-5800k Asus F2A85-M/CSM ?integrated? G.Skill Ripjaws 4gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
Samsung 500gb 2.5" Sata Seagate 1.5tb 3.5" Sata Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Samsung 55" 240hz 3D LCD TV 
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Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 800 Corsair CX 430M(now gone), used tx650 Silverstone ML03B BELKIN Microsoft mouse 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 830 Samsung DVD Samsung low profile 2 heatpipe cooler Windows 7 Home Premium 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 1366*768 60hz 15.6" monitor Samsung laptop keyboard with numeric keypad Random Samsung Power supply Random gray/black samsung laptop case 
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post #3 of 5
How about the Thermalright AXP-100 and mount the fan to pull air from cooler so PSU will draw it out of case?

I found AXP-100 ran 5-8c cooler with fan pulling air out of cooler even on open test bench.
Post #18
http://www.overclock.net/t/1347211/thermalright-axp-100-showed-up-today/10

The reason is with fan pushing into cooler air hits motherboard turning out, hits RAM, GPU, etc. turning up, fan sucks hot air back into cooler. With fan pulling the air flows on motherboard under cooler, is pulled out and is drawn into PSU intake.

Yes, it increases your PSU intake air temp a little but 25-28c PSU intake in a 21c room isn't a problem.
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
thanks for the help guys but just found this on the silverstone website

Q:Why do you recommend using all-in-one liquid coolers?

A: Many Mini-ITX motherboards are currently designed based off of Intel’s reference layout, which means the CPU is likely positioned too close to the PCI Express slot and limits the size of CPU coolers that can be installed. Normally if the same size fan is used, a high-end air cooler is more efficient than liquid cooler. However, Mini-ITX motherboard restrictions usually limit air coolers that use 92mm fan or smaller so liquid coolers would have the advantage in the FT03-MINI as the radiator is installed in the bottom of the case and not limited by the space around CPU area. We can fully recommend using liquid cooler in the FT03-MINI as an alternative, our internal testing also shows liquid coolers to perform better than air coolers within the FT03-MINI.
post #5 of 5
Air coolers are simpler and generally quieter and much more dependable than AIO/CLC. And unless you plan to overclock you don't need more cooling than AXP-100 or similar cooler is able to do. AIO/CLC usually have some pump noise as well as fan noise..

The end of the day it's your choice. wink.gif
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