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So, I was thinking about coverting my computer into an SFF (small form factor) setup. I'm looking into this Lian-Li PC-V350 and this Thermalright cooler, but I'm worried the Ultima-90I may not fit by about 10mm (height-wise). I was thinking about trimming the heatpipe tips at the top, but I don't know if that's doable or wise. Anybody have any ideas?
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no

It will destroy then due to the way heatpipes are designed
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It might be possible, how are you intending to do it exactly?

From what I understand heatpipes have liquid and a wick inside of them, which are easily damaged. You would need to seal it again perfectly.
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no

It will destroy then due to the way heatpipes are designed
Correctomundo. Heat pipes are fluid-filled and kept in a effective vacuum internally, so cutting into them ruins them.

Even if you were to re-seal it, it would still not work as the pipe is filled with only working fluid and the vapors of that working fluid, nothing else.
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Darn. Oh well, thanks for the help all of you.

Time for another question: do you think I could just duct-tape a PSU to the top of the case so it's got another few millimeters to fit? Here's a pic of the back, I think I could slide it up about 1cm from where it's supposed to mount and stick it to the very top of the case. Would that be more feasable than cutting heatpipes?

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no, don't duct tape your power supply to anything. i'm going to go a step further and recommend you don't make any modifications to your computer. learn how to use tools or accept the fact that all your projects are going to end up like crap. just get a different heatsink.
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