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Hi everyone with 120Extreme, What are some clever ways to mount the fans to the heatsink, Im using the Silver Stone http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835220014
My question is what is the best way to mount a fan without the provided clips and would adding a second fan to this help with heat dissapation.

I am considering using thin metal wire and wrapping it around the bottom portion and top part of the fan and heatsink, also I have read maybe using a rubberband but im not sure how long this can hold since heat is involved.

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Adding a second fan would not improve the heat dissipation enough for it to be worth the extra noise. Why not use the fan clips, or is there something wrong with the fan you're trying to use?

Ah, looks like its the FM121 with the closed corners. You'll have to either zip tie the fan, or modify the fan (cut the corners so the fan clips can attach properly). Good luck.
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Thanks for the replay, How would one going about zip tieing the fan to the heatsink, 2nd I can cut the corners which might fix the problem i have now which is the fan clips would hit the top of the p182 case which also contains a 120mm fan, to fix this I turned the heatsink a bit but im sure this affects the cooling since its not equally cooling the four cores of the processor.

Also I did the penny mod to the Heatsink, is this safe? its been 5 months with no issue, just wondering
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The penny mod (aka the washer mod) is a safe one to do, I've done it as well

I'm not sure how difficult it would be to zip tie a fan to a heatsink, but it doesn't seem that complicated. I'll attach a picture that shows how I use the fan clips, and it should give you some insight on how to mod the fan so you can use the clips. There shouldn't be clearance issues with the fan clips and other components...


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same cooler, and same case as you.
yes, i've done the washer mod, just picked up 4 washers from university's drawers. i've got another 4 ready, so next time i re-sit my heatsink, i plan to stack 2 washers (they are really thin)

i've put 2 Noiseblockers XL2 (rebranded Yate Loon fans) to do psudo-push-and-pull. i have put the second fan diagonally so that the PWM part of the motherboard will recieve the air from the pull fan.

zip-tie the pull fan was really hard, considering the small amount of space. i zip-tied one part to the p182 top fan, the other to the heatsinks at the bottom. and that's it, it doesn't really touch the heatsink, but it did what i wanted it to do: drop PWM temperature. (from ~60 to 40)

here's some picture i taken just for you

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So is that fan below the top fan just hanging there? Zip tied through the hole from the top fan? Thats quite the organized choas you have there

Also that fan above your video card, is it attached to that Zalmon thing? Im considering doing that since When I purchesed case fans I thought you can attach one to the very bottom part of the case. Same level as the PowerSupply. But then i read the manual and i forgot what happened but u need to give up something in order to do this.

PS, I used to have the same motherboard (Ip35 pro) but returned it and got the 780i for only 30 bucks more. The IP35 overclocked better
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at the moment i have 2 120mm fans connected to my TRUE one is 36mm the other is 24mm and they are connected with zip ties and its nice and tight and tidy.

i will post some pictures when i get home but i have found that 2 fans knock off about 3 degree's on load.

i'm don't care about noise though, so i'm about to add another 36mm instead of the 24mm its going to be snug and loud but i think it will help.
    
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i really plan to do the 2nd fan properly the next time i re-set my cooler, probably lower the fan so that it's basically sitting on the PWM unit's capacitors, that way i should get more airflow over it rather than just a corner of the fan, and the TRUE should also get better airflow.

i personally won't recommend the Zalman thing, it didn't drop my temperature by a great deal. it drops both system and GPU temperature by about 8c when i open the case though, but when closed, it doesn't help at all.
if you want to drop GTX temperature, get a PCI blower, even though i have mine at 5v using Zalman fanmate, it still drops GTX temperature by around 5c. i plan to do some soldering so that the blower can use motherboard fan headers, and then i can make it blow faster when GTX heats up system temperature.

here's my system as a whole. (don't mind the messy cables behind the intake fan, it's there so i can connect stuff easily.)
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So is that fan below the top fan just hanging there? Zip tied through the hole from the top fan? Thats quite the organized choas you have there

Also that fan above your video card, is it attached to that Zalmon thing? Im considering doing that since When I purchesed case fans I thought you can attach one to the very bottom part of the case. Same level as the PowerSupply. But then i read the manual and i forgot what happened but u need to give up something in order to do this.

PS, I used to have the same motherboard (Ip35 pro) but returned it and got the 780i for only 30 bucks more. The IP35 overclocked better
Thanks for pics. The both of u
The Abit IP35 Pro is the best P35 board on the market for overclocking the Q6600.
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The Abit IP35 Pro is the best P35 board on the market for overclocking the Q6600.
you do realise it's got a HUGE vdroop? and it's got horrible PWM temperature with quad cores?
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