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What a really good, quiet HSF for AM2? Its gotta be short enough to fit in a low profile case. For an HTPC.

I've got a Zalman 7000 AlCu (92mm), which I always heard was supposed to be quiet, but I can still hear a distinct buzz from it. So yeah...it needs to be replaced
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measurements. Not including fan, that cooler I mentioned to you is 114mm high. How much clearance do you have?
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measurements. Not including fan, that cooler I mentioned to you is 114mm high. How much clearance do you have?
Around 80mm or so
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Around 80mm or so
Ok. most downdraft coolers and internal rads are out of the question.

However you could do an external radiator. I am sure a rad box could be fabricated - say in a nice silver color to match the case - that would disguise what it is and make it blend into the case.

I suggest a pa120.3 with quiet fans and one of those low profile model swiftech blocks. petra's may sell them.
In fact, a second 'case' the same width as the htpc case could be used, stack the htpc on top of it, to house the pump, possibly hang the rad in the back of it / at one of the sides, and a reservoir, and power supply for the pump.

If you are lucky and or picky about the case you use, could end up looking like it came as a set. This would solve your space issue, keep it relatively silent (say use Noctua fans, they are ugly brown but they are very quiet) and also keep it running nice and cool.

Sorry for mentioning wc in the air section...
Nub

Manyak, whatever happened to the TEC cooled nb of DOOM!?
I'll poke around and see if I can find a close match size wise (width)
Edited by nub - 12/12/08 at 6:16pm
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LOL the TEC cooled NB is ira-k's thing....My TEC build isn't coming out so smoothly, I'm having problem after problem with it

But nah I don't wanna go WC with this. I already have enough PCs to maintain, I don't need the headache of watching the water level, replacing fluid, etc. I just want a nice, quiet HSF for it.

Downdraft coolers should be OK if they can fit though, there's a vent in the ceiling of the case right over where the CPU goes.
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so what about a real quiet 80mm fan?
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you could just get something like a duo orb for the CPU - those are relatively quiet and cool rather well
    
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