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Corsair H60 with Noctua NF-F12 PWM in SG05?

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I decided to post here instead of the water cooling section since my questions might not be very interesting and I'm not sure that I'm going water (liquid) cooling yet. Also, it's more of a question out of being curious and wanting to understand the concepts of the setup. Why do some opt for push-pull while some just go with a 'pull' setup.

For instance, is it better to just get one fan or two?

The context (or setup) is this: Silverstone SG05BB-LITE with i5-4570 (I haven't decided on cpu yet, 100% - looking at one used but some have said it's not worth the risk and then I'd look at $200 Haswells),

I know I'll have to take the ODD rack out and that's fine. I plan on mounting two SSDs with double-sided tape and/or velcro tape. Or some custom mount but I am looking at methods that don't involve the rack.

I like the idea of the H60 because it seems to do the best cooling on both idle and load (especially load) in such a small cramped case. It also looks fairly clean in the case as I don't like really tall towers and I'm limited to low profile coolers. The two I am considering are Noctua NH-L9i and Silverstone NT06-PRO. The first one doesn't seem to do much better than the Intel stock cooler although it's a really nice low height. The other one is really tall but does a good job.

I read that you can probably cut down on the noise of a cooler like the H60 by replacing the fan(s). So, I'm just curious how you mount the H60 in this case. I tried looking at the thread with these builds (i.e. the pics) but sometimes there's a 'second' fan and sometimes just the one and then the rad after?

I thought these fans might reduce the noise:
Corsair Air Series – AF120, SP120
or
Noctua NF-F12 PWM

The Noctua looks to be particularly popular and would reduce the noise the most? I read that the pumps can be a bit noisy so the Noctua would do well with static pressure and keep the noise down?

Also, if one uses this rad/cooler and the Noctua, can a SSD fit on the floor? The rad is kinda large although not as big or cumbersome as others (H80i? smile.gif ) but it does look like a SSD would fit on the floor and there would be enough room between it and the bottom of the rad?

The last question is that I read that it's not as safe to lug the case around compared to using an air cooler. So, is that accurate? I don't plan on moving it around too much but I wanted a small case like the SG05 so I have the option.

Anyway, I was curious about using a closed loop setup in such a case and what it entails. Thanks for reading.
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I'd suggest 2 x NF F12's in Push / Pull mode. You can also use the low noise adaptors that come with the NF F12's to reduce noise. They are not loud and perform exceptionally well.

NF's are great for radiators due to their high static pressure score and directed airflow for fast head dissipation.

It's safe to lug the case around as long as everything is connected properly and you don't move the case around too vigorously or excessively. Moving a case with a H60 inside is a lot safer than doing so with air cooling because the heat sink can be rather heavy. If it was to fall off or bend, you'd have serious issues.

Don't worry about fitting the SSD. They are small and slim. You'd be able to fit one anywhere you like I'm sure.
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I was going to post a new topic but it is related to this one. I was looking at fans to combine the cooler with since it seems to make a considerable difference both in improving the cooling a bit but especially the noise.

However, it seems that there are a few alternatives to the H60 although it might still be the best candidate? (For price/fit/performance etc.).

Is there any thoughts on comparing these coolers (pros/cons/differences - if any)?:

H60, H75 (the rad is a bit larger?) vs Cooler Master Seidon 120V and 120M.

Cooler Master Seidon 120V rad dimensions: 154 x 120 x 27 mm

H60 rad dimensions: 120 x 152 x 27mm

Pretty close in size? Any difference in stiffness of the tubes?

Are they comparable?

Relevant (proposed/considered) parts?: Sugo SG05BB-LITE, Asrock Z87e-itx, Crucial Ballistix VLP/LP Sport or Tactical DDR3
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