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Hey guys,

Looking to replace my semi stock cooler on my AMD x3 445
I say semi stock because I got AMD to replace my stock AU cooler with the one with copper pipes on it

The case is very small and space is at a premium, but I would like something that cools alittle better than the AMD solution. Right now, without going to far into specifics I get around high 30s on idle and low 50s on load, and this is reduced to low 30s and low 40s if I put a 120mm fan outside the case vent area pushing air directly down on the CPU with the stock HS/F attached

This is the case, but my case has a different cover (factory) which almost allows a 120 fan to be mounted right over the CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811121100

80mm AC80PWM fan on front replacing stock
no other areas allow fan placement

So here I need recommendations and a possible solution on my part
The case only allows coolers with an absolute max of 80mm height and even that may be too much, so putting a tall beast in here is not gonna happen

Im only getting around alittle over 61mm of space from hitting the optical drive plugs, other sides and NB heatsink should not be a problem

mobo is a Asus M4A88TD-USB3

So my thinking was to get the Zalman CNPS8700, which has the height of 67mm and side space around 61mms
Im not sure if the Scythe BS would fit but on frostytech they say the 8700 is better than the Scythe S and BS
Also, I can get the 8700 for around 20 bucks, which isnt too much of a hit price wise

So whats your guys thoughts on this? Any other choices I should look at?
Also if I go the 8700 route....I have an extra AC120PWM fan, should I replace the zalman stock fan with this one? zalman doesnt list CFM for this fan and looking for it brings back no specs, but the AC fan doesnt run as fast (1300~ RPM @ 57CFM) while the zalman runs around 2000 RPM, guessing it might push more air and be louder

Give me some feed back guys, gonna try to get this done this weekend
Edited by 4starflicks - 3/16/11 at 3:10pm
post #2 of 8
I have this in an older 478 socket machine:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-097-_-Product

They also have this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-129-_-Product
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I know already about the Scythes as I mentioned, but as I said that frostytech lists the 8700 as being better and I can get it for cheaper, plus it allows for more airflow (i believe)

Just wondering if there were any other solutions I might have missed because I know around these parts zalmans get a bad rap because theyre older and not as good especially for the price but if I can get it on the cheap I think it may be a good deal
Edited by 4starflicks - 3/16/11 at 3:17pm
post #4 of 8
Scythe Shruiken would be a good choice.
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Is it really necessary to replace the cooler? You're not overclocking this machine right (seems like some HTPC case)? Is it too noisy or something?
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I don't like Frostytech's reviews. They don't actually use a processor to test their heatsinks. Rather, they use a hotplate in order to simulate the heat created by CPUs. Just look at how low the Noctua NH-D14 is on their list and that's usually regarded as one of the top performing heatsinks on the market.

I currently have a CM Geminii II in one of my HTPCs. Great little cooler, and I've had no problems with it.
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post #7 of 8
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@Launcherstirke
Without the 120mm fan on the outside the case pushing air in, the CPU gets hotter than Id like under both load and idle, and it raises temps in the room the case is in, its noticeable.....

@hyujmn
I took a look at the GeminII, but unfortunately while the HS is under the size needed, adding any fan to the top would put it over the size that the case allows

Keep odd recommendations coming or any solutions
Edit: Also, what kind of temps could I expect by replacing the stock copper HSF with the 8700 or alternative? Id guess it has to be some upgrade going from a 70mm fan to a 120mm fan, right?
Edited by 4starflicks - 3/16/11 at 4:15pm
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