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Hello OCN,

I'm thinking about moving away from watercooling and into a new case. I just need a cooler to tide me over until Zen or Kabylake, or you know until I have the money for a new build. The cases I'm looking at have around 160mm of clearance. Like the title says I'm not looking to spend a bunch, around $35-40. I have an original silver arrow sitting around, but I don't think it will fit my current mobo. I've been out of the game for a while and would greatly appreciate any help. Thanks!
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Cryorig H7 and be quiet Pure Rock are the best of the coolers I have tested under $40. I am sure there is a Thermalright piece that is as good, but I don't have firsthand experience with it. Don't fall for the "get a 212 EVO", it's not 2013 anymore and there are much better choices out there. Both I have mentioned outperformed the 212 EVO and were quite a bit quieter doing it.
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If your Silver Arrow will fit in the case, you could get a TRUE BTK bolt through mounting kit for it. With a TY-147A fan or two it would be a super cooler.

Problem is finding the TRUE BTK mount. Few suppliers stock them. If not are available, contact Thermalright, and if that doesn't work let us know. Sometimes I can help, but sometimes I get nowhere. tongue.gif


Edited by doyll - 2/21/16 at 8:09am
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Originally Posted by ciarlatano View Post

Cryorig H7 and be quiet Pure Rock are the best of the coolers I have tested under $40. I am sure there is a Thermalright piece that is as good, but I don't have firsthand experience with it. Don't fall for the "get a 212 EVO", it's not 2013 anymore and there are much better choices out there. Both I have mentioned outperformed the 212 EVO and were quite a bit quieter doing it.


Thanks for the suggestions, the last time I checked the 212 was the budget king, but that's been years and I hoped there was something better.



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If your Silver Arrow will fit in the case, you could get a TRUE BTK bolt through mounting kit for it. With a TY-147A fan or two it would be a super cooler.

Problem is finding the TRUE BTK mount. Few suppliers stock them. If not are available, contact Thermalright, and if that doesn't work let us know. Sometimes I can help, but sometimes I get nowhere. tongue.gif



I should still have the mounting kit for the SA somewhere, I hope. I'm just not sure the SA will have the clearances to fit my ITX board. I bought a Silverstone FT05 after finding them on sale last night on amazon. The SA would fit, by 2 mm lol, so I'll go back to it when I upgrade, for which I'll probably need a new mounting kit for the new sockets. I'm probably going to go fanless on the cooler because of the case. But I'm open to all sorts of suggestions relating to air cooling since I haven't done it in a while and you guys are the experts.
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Problem is finding the TRUE BTK mount. Few suppliers stock them.

It's easy to find in the U.S. Amazon offers all the Thermalright products through a seller called Nan's Gaming Gear. I've ordered from Nan's recently and had no complaints.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UN05Q6A?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_sfl_title_7&smid=A3D1M5ET5Z3YT6
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It's easy to find in the U.S. Amazon offers all the Thermalright products through a seller called Nan's Gaming Gear. I've ordered from Nan's recently and had no complaints.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UN05Q6A?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_sfl_title_7&smid=A3D1M5ET5Z3YT6
Thanks for pointing that one out.thumb.gif

Nan's Gaming Gear was out of stock for a long, long time, and so no on Amazon either.wink.gif
Edited by doyll - 2/26/16 at 11:13am
post #7 of 17
Hold the phone buddy. That mobo has the cpu socket way too close to the pcie port for a 120 mm wide cooler. 100 mm is all you can accomodate if you want to have a gpu installed too.
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Very good catch @Gamester3333 thumb.gif
You are correct, 50mm from center of CPU toward PCIe is about flush with side of socket.
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Very good catch @Gamester3333 thumb.gif
You are correct, 50mm from center of CPU toward PCIe is about flush with side of socket.

Yeah, that's my problem since I'm switching to air cooling. I ordered a Cryorig H7, but I'm not sure it will fit when it comes in. Maybe a Thermalright TRUE Spirit 120i, but I can't seem to find it for sale anywhere. The Noctua NH-U9B SE2 and NH-U9S seemed like a good bet but Noctua's support page says they won't work. I'm still up for suggestions of any type, but in the meantime I've started looking for an mATX or ATX Z77 mobo. ASRock's mobo works great for watercooling, but air cooling not really at all it seems.
Edited by suitaroh - 2/27/16 at 3:34pm
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120i is terrific if you can find one.
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