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Hello everyone,

I need some advice on a fan & heatsink combo for an older Antec case with an air guide (similar to this case). Haven't done a build since 2000, but got sick of HP heavily limiting the ability to change BIOS settings (and charging me around $200 more for a lower spec system).

I'm currently running on the stock AMD cooler -- saw it in this article, but not sure why it was bundled with my 1090T box instead of the new one (but I'm glad they concluded it was better than the new one).

I'm only planning to overclock to 4.0GHz, since this is what I've been seeing as the safe maximum for air cooling. Also note (if it makes a difference), this system will be on 24/7. Here are the specs for my system:

-AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition
-MSI 890FXA-GD70
-G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
-XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
-OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W

I want to take advantage of the air guide on this case, so the fan I'm looking for should be top mounted. I've noticed most aftermarket fan & heatsink combos have changed to side mounting due to the huge heatsinks now, so it's been hard sift through all of those. I have about 120 mm space from the top of the CPU to the bottom of the air guide and I figured I should probably leave 20 mm clearance for whatever cooler I mount on, so ideally, the full height of the CPU & fan combo should be 100 mm or less.

Not too picky about noise, but the loudest I'd want it is about the same as the stock cooler (approx. 35 dB). Looking to pay out no more than $45.

Also, I'm open to other suggestions such as removing the air guide, replacing it with an 80 mm fan, or even (if possible) a better case for around the same price. If it doesn't look like I'd need an aftermarket solution, even better.

Sorry for the length of this post, but a huge thanks in advance for any advice!
Edited by djsushi - 1/1/11 at 12:00am
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 1090T Black Edition MSI 890FXA-GD70 XFX Radeon HD 5670 1GB G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB ASUS 4x BD-ROM & ASUS 24x DVD Writer Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 
Case
Antec SLK2600 Black 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 1090T Black Edition MSI 890FXA-GD70 XFX Radeon HD 5670 1GB G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB ASUS 4x BD-ROM & ASUS 24x DVD Writer Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 
Case
Antec SLK2600 Black 
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