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hi, i need some help finding a cooler for my cpu, i've looked at quite a few online but they all seem to be a bit too big for my pc. i have 110mm spare space from the motherboard to the side of the case. my case is very small and compact which is the big problem lol, just to save you from searching, my motherboard is a M-ATX and my PCI-E is quite close to the CPU. i've had a chat with logan on here and he recommended me to look at some "downdraft HSF's"

any help would be much appreciated
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Look for something from Thermalright for some prett neat compact cooler's, and maybe take a look at the Scythe Mini. Depending on which one fits your case and budget, they are all good choices.
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i'm only looking at spending £15-20. also would prefer it if it was a well known make so its easier to get over here in the UK
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the only one i have found is this http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Scythe-Shurike...805280160r2005

i need something like that but cheaper.

thanks in advance.
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your a legend. whats the most important part then? is it better to have a bigger fan or bigger heat sink? or more pipes? i dont trust the CFM readings they state...
Edited by zetec-ss - 6/19/08 at 5:25pm
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post #7 of 12
The problem that you're running into is actually mostly about physics (well, thermodynamics anyway). The way a heat sink performs is very closely related to the total surface area of the heat sink (surface area of the fins x #of fins... thats why the high performance HS are so huge. to give the heat more space to dissipate). Also, different materials have different "thermal conductivity" (like resistance if you're used to electronics). Copper has a lower "resistance" to transferring heat, so thats why you'll often see it used as the material for the base of the HS and for the heat pipes. However, Copper is heavy, so most of the time the fins are made out of aluminum nowadays. Heat pipes are pretty sweet. Basically they distribute the heat away from the CPU so that it can be dealt with somewhere else, where it is more efficient to do so. heat pipes allow for far more even heat distribution than a normal solid heat sink, where the heat is only radiating from the bottom center of the HS (the heat pipes take it up & out to like 6 or 8 different places to be dissipated... more even heat distribution). And last of all... the fan just moves air across the heat sink... so logically the more air you have moving across the heat sink the more heat will be removed.
well, i'm off to work again...
hope that didn't confuse you to much.

EDIT: the reason you're running into "problems" is that you don't have much room, thus making it harder to find a good performing cooler (the biggest attribute usually being size and heatpipes)
Edited by logan - 6/21/08 at 12:20am
post #8 of 12
I have a M-ATX see:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131172

Which appears to have a close layout to your mobo... And I was able to fit a Asus Triton70 with out any issues...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835101014

Not sure about your case space but your mobo I would not think would be a problem... (But I am a major NOOB)
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Generally, Bigger = Better, and the more pipes the better. If it don't got pipes, dont buy it!
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Generally, Bigger = Better, and the more pipes the better. If it don't got pipes, dont buy it!
yeh that is the theory i'm going by. i don't believe the the CFM figures they give out. looks made up to me.
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