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Question.

I'm looking to put together a little something for my father, the guy who taught me so much about plastics. He was really into cars, so I'm going to do a sort of case/car crossover.
He actually recently built his own rig, nothing super fancy but he's proud of it.
I want to give him just enough stuff to turn his build into a show build. I'm going to mod a Phantom, for sure, and also sleeve a new PSU for him.

I also know he's using the stock cooler on his CPU, and I wanted to get him something a little showier, something that looks all shiny like an engine or something.

So, I'm looking for CPU cooler:
~that is shiny and looks like an engine
~that is self contained, nothing with a radiator or anything extra
~that fits without the side 200 mm fan. but will look good in a window. biggrin.gif
~in the $50 range
~that can potentially have a front/top plate added on. I want to make it look like a pontiac show engine block.
~preferably that fits a lot of different sockets. I have no idea what processor socket he has...
~that doesn't suck, but doesn't need to be top of the line.

This probably sounds like a really naive question, and difficult to answer considering the information I'm missing...

Edit: Aaand about 10 min on newegg and I've answered my own question. Great. But I'll leave this here in case anyone has opinions.
Edited by Caruban - 6/3/12 at 10:46pm
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Edited by IT Diva - 9/12/12 at 1:06pm
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Originally Posted by IT Diva View Post

Kind of a tall order, and while not in the $50 range, have you thought about the old cooler master V10?
Either spray paint the black plastic outer shell with metalic silver, or mod it into an engine.
They did not turn out to be particularly popular, high cost, massive size, kinda heavy, and no better performance than a much cheaper D14 hurt them in the enthusiast market, but the tec plate did offer an advantage where unusually high ambient temps play a role.
I have one on my red phantom with a Q9650 @3.8GHz, and it's been solid for going on 2 years.
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450

This is exactly what I was going to suggest.
Alternatively you can try the V8, it's very similar but without the RAM cooler.
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Refurbed V10's for $100 off Edit: Sorry they seem to be out of stock! The other two are in stock thoughbiggrin.gif
http://www.cmstore-usa.com/v10-copper-base-aluminum-fins-8-heatpipes-hybrid-tec-cpu-cooler-refurbished/

V6's
http://www.cmstore-usa.com/v6-gt-dynaloop-bearing-fan-cpu-cooler-w-nickel-plated-copper-base-heatpipes-refurbished/

V8's
http://www.cmstore-usa.com/v8-nickel-plated-copper-base-aluminum-fins-8-heatpipes-cpu-cooler-refurbished/

Edit Edit: rolleyes.gif They come with sickle flow fans, I have five of them and they are very loud fans at speed. Just a friendly warning.
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Thanks everyone! I was thinking about the V8. Thinking about getting a different fan to put in it after reading some benchmarking reviews, and modding/making a different top plate shouldn't be difficult.

Now to get money. biggrin.gif Its unfortunate that I have nothing to do for the next 3 weeks before I start my new job, but won't acquire money until the end of June. tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Milton69 View Post

Coolermaster megaflows fit in the top, the holes for screws wont match, but they fit the resses so good, that theres litteraly no nneed to screw them
i havent tried them in the side panel yet
.450

Im sorry for bumping an old post, but my english is very limited, what is resses ? How to fit them ? Could you provide a step by step tutorial to mount them ? Which fans better, NZXT stock or this one ? Pm'ed.
Edited by Mirjalovic - 6/5/12 at 3:42am
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Just installed my new 670 ftw edition! Check out the build log for pics. thumb.gif
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hey guys.

Just wondering, does anyone have experience with installing the Noctuna d14 in a phantom case?

If so, would you recommend installing while the motherboard is outside or inside of the case?
(any if any tips on installing and cable management when you have this cpu cooler, would be appreciated)

Cheers
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Just submitted my request to join smile.gif.

pics here if interested!
https://plus.google.com/photos/118153860718940311068/albums/5748907800280960721

Nothing much special about mine, but if no one has mentioned it before, I was able to fit the side fan in with the Havik 120.

Basically I was going to do the rubber screw mod with a Xigmatek thats floating around, but I could not get those in for the life of me. I saw someone had done something similar, but with screws. On the Xigmatek, if you drill out the holes next to the pre-drilled ones, they line up with the 200mm screw holes. I used the screws for the front fan (held up by electric tape now!), and those seemed to work well enough.

I wasn't able to get the filter on, even after trying a few things. I had sawed off the protruding plastic on the screw holes, so I could slip it into the space between the mesh and the case mounting holes. But it still seemed to eat up that last tiny bit of space needed for clearance, even though it wasn't pressing on the panel.

Some things to note:

1. Screwing in too much seems to warp the shape of the fan, having part of it protruding a little too much. I basically screwed in until the thread just disappeared.
2. The panel does not go on easily now. I have a feeling I warped it somehow, but I was just not having a good time with it after the fan was on.
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Just submitted my request to join smile.gif.
pics here if interested!
https://plus.google.com/photos/118153860718940311068/albums/5748907800280960721
Nothing much special about mine, but if no one has mentioned it before, I was able to fit the side fan in with the Havik 120.
Basically I was going to do the rubber screw mod with a Xigmatek thats floating around, but I could not get those in for the life of me. I saw someone had done something similar, but with screws. On the Xigmatek, if you drill out the holes next to the pre-drilled ones, they line up with the 200mm screw holes. I used the screws for the front fan (held up by electric tape now!), and those seemed to work well enough.
I wasn't able to get the filter on, even after trying a few things. I had sawed off the protruding plastic on the screw holes, so I could slip it into the space between the mesh and the case mounting holes. But it still seemed to eat up that last tiny bit of space needed for clearance, even though it wasn't pressing on the panel.
Some things to note:
1. Screwing in too much seems to warp the shape of the fan, having part of it protruding a little too much. I basically screwed in until the thread just disappeared.
2. The panel does not go on easily now. I have a feeling I warped it somehow, but I was just not having a good time with it after the fan was on.

Cool build man, my only critique is that you improve the cable management. Its takes a lot of time and patients but in the end you will be proud of yourself and how clean your build is. I'm no expert in the subject or at modding but I will post pictures of my cable management later. I put a good two hours into it a bout a week a go. When i first got my Phantom I frantically moved my parts into it and did ok cable managment but since my mobo was in RMA and my proc is bad I decided to redo it and I think its beautiful. Also welcome to the club!
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