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You can mount a 120mm fan in three 5.25" bays any number of ways. Most people just use Zip Ties. You can also pack strips of foam between the fan and the sides of the drive bays. You can also cut down the metal drive bay plates, drill a couple of holes, then screw a fan to it to hold them in place. I've also seen people cut a small piece of plastic that they attach to the front of the drive bays (behind the drive bay covers), cut a hole in the middle for the fan, and then screw the fan to it.

What little I've seen of the Zalman CNPS 11x shows it isn't in the same class as a Silver Arrow, NH-D14, or similar. It is good though, just not as good. It would probably be fine for a dual or quad core (without hyper-threading) and a fairly decent OC, but throw a 6 or 8 core, or an i7-9xx with hyper-threading and try to OC it very much and it would be in over it's head. At least, that's the way I see it. Someone else might have a different opinion.
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I don't know if I missed it or not but...
Is the Zalman CNPS 11x worth talking about here? Does it work well or does it stink? If it works well is it close to being competition for say the D14 or the SA?
Are there any 200mm fans that are for exhaust (that aren't pieces of sphincter)?
Anyone know of how I could put a fan in the 5.25" bays? And what fans fit best with what number of bays?
Thanks >_____<
Zalman CNPS are somewhere between the Hyper 212+ and the Mugen 2. Not bad, not great; but not on the same level as the Silver Arrow or the NH-D14.

I don't know about 200mm fans. The one I have is slow, quiet and blows some air. That's what you use them for: quietude.

Fans in 5.25 bay. You can fit a 120mm or a 140mm fan there.
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Questions! Yea!

Okay, so what is the best CPU cooler you can get for around $40? This is a strict budget and I'm open to suggestions.
The ones I'm looking at:
Zalman CNPS9500A-LED
Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Xigmatek Dark Knight (on Newegg, it comes with a $20 rebate so it ends up a little more than $30.)

Is the Dark Knight the best one? Any other suggestions?
Thanks
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And that one is better than all of the others I mentioned?
 
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post #876 of 1086
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And that one is better than all of the others I mentioned?
Oh yeah, the Hyper212+ & Dark Knight are about on par. With them being slightly lower than the Corsair A50.

The CNPS-9500 hasn't been "Mid-Range" in a very long time (it's a very old design.)
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Thank you, again, Mr. Tot.
 
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I don't see any Gelid Solutions Tranquillo there...
CM 212+ were out of stock "anywhere" in my city, so I bought this Gelid HSF for US$ 34
Is it bad?
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I don't see any Gelid Solutions Tranquillo there...
CM 212+ were out of stock "anywhere" in my city, so I bought this Gelid HSF for US$ 34
Is it bad?
The Gelid is about equal in performance to the 212+ so no its not bad at all.

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