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I would love to get a TRUE but I am 95% sure it's not going to fit in my case.

I am considering a ZALMAN CNPS 9700 which I am not 100% sure it will fit, if it does there will probably be less than 5 cm to spare.

Is there anything else that provides better cooling and will fit in my case? I believe I have 140-145MM of room.

Also the quieter the better I hate loud fans.

Also on a side note: Which direction do you think I should have my case fans blowing? front to back or back to front? I have 2 80MM fans in the back and 1 in the front. I did have 1 blowing out the top but I had to remove it to make room for my new PSU and I will have to remove the 80MM in the side to make room for the new CPU cooler.

Hmmmm maybe I need a new case
Edited by Col. Newman - 6/26/08 at 7:32am
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You could do what I did. I went from a lapped TRUE to the Thermalright SI 128 SE (with a silverstone FM121 fan). My load temps are only 4C higher and the SI-128 cools the area around the cpu (contains voltage VRM's).

I was quite pleased with the move despite having to give up my beloved lapped TRUE.

I had the same issue.

My new case only had 145mm of height available for cooling cpu

Fans should always blow air front to back. If you go the other way, the rear fan could end up sucking in the warm air from your power supply exhaust.
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You definetly need a new case dude. If your looking for the best cooling, 2 80mm's isnt going to cut it. I would recomend a CM 690 if you arent looing to spend the big dollars on a new case, otherwise id pick up a Antec 900 or Antec 1200, or the Lian Li cases are always good. But if your gonna change case, do that before you get a new heat sink, that way youll know it will fit.
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You could do what I did. I went from a lapped TRUE to the Thermalright SI 128 SE (with a silverstone FM121 fan). My load temps are only 4C higher and the SI-128 cools the area around the cpu (contains voltage VRM's).

I was quite pleased with the move despite having to give up my beloved lapped TRUE.

I had the same issue.

My new case only had 145mm of height available for cooling cpu
Cool looks very promising


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Originally Posted by Robilar View Post
Fans should always blow air front to back. If you go the other way, the rear fan could end up sucking in the warm air from your power supply exhaust.
I think I should switch mine around then, I don't remember why they are blowing from back to front but they are.
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post #5 of 13
Yea a new case will help, also consider modding your own case to fit some 120mm fans.

And get this cooler instead http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...TEK-_-35233003
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I have the Zalman CNPS9500 and my quad has never even warmed up. Even under full load (rendering in 3DS Max), this baby stays chilly. Granted, I haven't over clocked, but I could easily do so if my mobo didn't suck.
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post #7 of 13
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I think I will go with a Antec 1200 and a XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 if it will fit if not I will go with a Thermalright SI 128 SE, but I am going to have to wait like a month until I have some money to spend again.


Though I wonder how loud the 1200 is going to be with 5 120MM fans and a 200MM.

Thanks guys
Edited by Col. Newman - 6/26/08 at 3:36pm
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Depends on how loud you want it vs prefomance and cool that you want it. I have the A900 with the front 2 fans on high, to top on med and the back on hihg (i think atleast...) along with a side fine on med, and it really isnt all to loud. But my temps are pretty low for my heatsink and 2 gpu's, so you probably could run the fans slower and be fine.

Also the A120 has adjustable knobs for the fans, more precision than a 3 speed select option like the A900.
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Does the Thermalright Ultima 90 come with or without a fan?

Dang now I can't decide.

So far
Thermalright SI 128 SE
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 (Maybe When I get a new case)
Thermalright Ultima 90

I guess I should just wait until after I get a new case and then decide.
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