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Hi guys so I recently built my own tower and I'm in need of a small but quiet CPU cooler. The reason I say small is because I have a "mini" motherboard and my graphics card is getting in the way. Any recommendations? I really can't stand using the stock i5 fan.. Picture provided!!

Here's a quick rundown of my specs:
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX760 SuperClocked
Mid Tower: Cooler Master Elite 430
Motherboard: ASUS Intel H77 mini ITX Motherboard - P8H77-I
Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz

Also.. another question while I'm at it. Is my Corsair CX 500 PSU too little? Should I upgrade? (Sorry I'm a big noob at this stuff, still)

Thank you guys so much.
post #2 of 32
You could probably use liquid-loop with 120m rad:

http://www.quietpc.com/lq-series
http://www.quietpc.com/reserator3
http://www.corsair.com/us/cpu-cooling-kits/hydro-series-water-cooling-cpu-cooler.html
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Do you think you can pinpoint one out for me that would fit according to the picture? Thank you so much for the quick response!
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it looks to me like they all would. rad (radiator) attaches to the back of the case where the exhaust fan is and the block with the pump on attached right on the cpu socket area.

i would also look a a bit of cable management if i was you, looks to me like there is really bad airflow and 760 isnt getting too much air
post #5 of 32
Hmm... things are pretty tight, but I'm sure the block wont take any more space than the current HSF.
It looks like you could squeeze the rad in place of that top fan. The Corsair H55 has a low profile rad which might be a good choice. If you can fit a 140mm fan at the top, you can look at the H90... but it looks like only a 120mm can fit.
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Oh, and you defo need to do some cable management!! rolleyes.gif lol
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it looks to me like they all would. rad (radiator) attaches to the back of the case where the exhaust fan is and the block with the pump on attached right on the cpu socket area.

i would also look a a bit of cable management if i was you, looks to me like there is really bad airflow and 760 isnt getting too much air

This.

If you don't have space behind the motherboard then try and secure all your cables behind the HDD trays, or stuff them up into the optical drive bays. That's what I did with my brothers case, a CM Elite 334, which is very similar internally.

Your CX 500 PSU is fine for that setup, as long as you don't go SLI at least.
Edited by amorph - 9/4/13 at 6:29am
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And a 500W PSU might struggle, especially if you decide to overclock and have lots of extras...
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A Scythe Mugen 2/3/4 would probably work in there, if you fix your cable management first.
Edited by synge - 9/4/13 at 6:39am
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Thanks for all the replies guys!

I ended up purchasing the LQ315 Blue LED Ultimate Liquid CPU Cooler.

Gonna give liquid cooling a try and let you guys know. Hopefully everything will fit!

And I'm going to try my best to do some cable management but it's extremely hard because of my graphics card (the cables protrude outwards which is a bit annoying).
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