Originally Posted by MConstantine
What is the biggest cpu cooler I can fit on the case with a 200mm fan on the side panel?
I was looking at the Noctua NH-C14. Will that fit? I have the Mushkin Memory sticks and th e 2 top 120mm fans attached, just fyi.
I'm interested in Noctua cooling due to their really good reviews but if anyone can recommend a better if not equal and/or cheaper alternative, I'm open to suggestions.
On stock cooling, I'm hitting around 105C when all threads are running and idles at 45C to 50C. I can't even run anti-virus without my temp red lining cause all threads will run.
Without the fan attached there is roughly room for 160mm cooling system. Since most fans are 25mm thick, that would leave 135mm tall. I would try to stay under that. I have a Coolermaster 212+ installed without a side fan, and I only have a little room before the grill.
The Cooler master 212 does really well on my i5 2500k, there it runs at a stable 4.9GHz and only hitting a max temp of 73 degrees Celsius with 50 passes of the Intel Burn Test