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I'm gonna be doing a little house-cleaning inside my case in a few weeks and putting in a new HSF (9500 to replace the 7000B-Cu), so pardon the dust as it's been a year since the last thorough cleaning. So I started looking into the other parts and I've got some questions.

As I have the A8N-SLI Deluxe board, I got to suffer through the northbridge fan fiasco that alot of us owners eventually get the privalege of enjoying. First it starts to get loud as hell, then makes dying buffalo noises, then just craps out completely. So I called up Asus and they sent out some new revision of the NB cooler (new heatsink with fan). But I never got around to putting it in since I'd have to take out the whole board and I figured there had to be some easier way.

Here's what I ended up doing.



But as you can tell, there's a SLIGHT problem. With both my 7900GTX and the 8800GTS, they won't fit when the fan is placed directly centered. So as you can see, I had to offset the fan downward pretty significantly. As far as I know, it's doing its job since my FSB is upped to 255. But I'm getting tired of how annoying this fan is and I'm sure that the cooling is not exactly optimal. So I was thinking about getting the HR-05-SLI cooler.

Ahh, but again, issues with room (man I hate this board, the layout is bad).


So I'm pretty sure that I couldn't install with the heatsink facing up, which leaves it pointing down, like so.

In the first picture, under the Silicon Image chip is my soundcard. Would there be enough room? I can't tell because I don't have the specs for how far offset the heatsink is from the base. But more importantly:

Will it be as effective as my current setup? It would be pointless if I put this passive HS on there only to have the temperature be the same or higher. Also, how would I deal with the problem of not having a fan plugged into the chipset fan header?

The other piece that I looked at was the HR-09. I figured that it couldn't hurt to keep the MOSFETs a little cooler, especially since I'm OCed and pumping more juice to the CPU. This thing would have to be better since the stock HS is dinky. But ONCE AGAIN, the darn issue of room.



The only thing I'm not sure of is which one do I need. HR-09U vs HR-09S?




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This was the replacement they sent. It doesn't look like it would be cooling that much more than the current one.
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It should be more effective if you have good circulation in your case.

Not having a chipset fan plugged in wont do anything, its the cpu fan that will give you a issue and you can disable that via bios.

I personally think it would fit and if it doesnt you could send it back just try it out and see if it will mount up.

And personal suggestion, clean that poor cpu cooler, it looks neglected
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I know, I know. It's getting cleaned out along with the whole case.

What about the MOSFET cooler? What difference does the slant make?
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I dont know about the mosfet cooler. One thing I just thought about was the video card will draw air over the NB heatsinc so it will help it cool pretty good I assume.
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AHH! You're right. I just realized that now looking at the pictures. It would be positioned basically right underneath the 8800's fan.
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I almost forgot. I'm assuming I should pick up some Artic Ceramique for the Northbridge and the MOSFETs?
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The thermaltake chipset cooler comes with some pretty good ceramizue stuff that should do the trick just fine if you dont want to buy any more. I have used it on a few of my setups with good results.
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