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    Default cpu cooler for HTPC case

    Have looked around HTPC forums but I haven't found a definitive answer anywhere ......
    HTPC in sig, need cpu cooler that will fit the case but clear tall heat spreaders on G Skill RAM.

    Crowded case, cpu temps staying a little higher than I like even though I added an extra case fan. Eventually this will be a 24/7 on machine and it sits in a cabinet with my audio gear.
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    Default Re: cpu cooler for HTPC case

    It looks like you will need a downdraft cpu cooler, as your case probably allows only about 115mm for the total cpu cooler height. CoolerMaster and others make different models that might fit your needs. Your memory is about 40mm tall with the heat spreaders, so you will have to check carefully to see which models will work. Read detailed web reviews to see which models off the best cooling performance.

    GeminII S524 - Cooler Master might be too tall for your 1155 setup.
    Click on SUPPORT and download the user manual and information data sheet.

    You might need to buy a thinner 120mm cooling fan to fit in your case.
    A web search using: htpc cpu cooler 1155 will provide links to other cpu coolers.
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    Default Re: cpu cooler for HTPC case

    Thanks, Jim, I've looked all over. The problem is trying to find out how much clearance there is at the bottom of the fan/heatsink. I would just order more RAM but really don't have anything else to put these in.
    I was looking at this one since the overall height is low if I"m reading this right: Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm Shuriken Newegg.com - Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm Shuriken Rev. B 3 Heat Pipes CPU Cooler
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    I forgot to add that some manufacturers have a detailed diagram somewhere on their website or user manual that shows all the measurements. Keep in mind that most of the height measurements are from the top of the cpu, not from the motherboard's surface.

    Check out Noctua.at - sound-optimised premium components "Designed in Austria"! and look closely at the NH-C14, NH-C12P SE14, and NH-L12 models.

    You should find a detailed measurements diagram in the FAQ section for each model.
    For example, the NH-C12P SE14 diagram shows that there is 44mm clearance from the top of the cpu to the bottom of the fins.
    Some web reviews include measurement or fitment issues.

    It's a bit of a PITA, but we have to do a lot of "homework" to verify that any cpu cooling solution will fit without clearance issues.
    And don't complain about the fan color!!
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    Default Re: cpu cooler for HTPC case

    I didn't find any official Scythe information that the cpu heatsink you linked to fits an 1155 motherboard.
    Newegg might be wrong with their product description.
    From the photos, it looks like there will be problems with one or more memory slots, especially with your taller memory.
    Last edited by profJim; 03-01-2012 at 02:56 AM.
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    OK, thanks. Been sidetracked working on a riding mower today. PC's are much more fun and you don't bleed as much. Will check out links!
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    Default Re: cpu cooler for HTPC case

    Jim, thanks a lot for doing that homework for me! I pulled the trigger on the NH-C14 for the flexibility it offers. Not cheap, but worth it to keep it cool.
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    Default Re: cpu cooler for HTPC case

    You're welcome, glad to help out.
    Let us know how the Noctua NH-C14 works out; fitment and cooling.
    It would be great if you can post some photos that show how the clearances are with your too-tall memory.
    Make a note of your current cpu, vcore, and system temperatures and see how these compare after the installation.

    A bit pricey? Yes, but the top tier stuff never comes cheap.
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    Default Re: cpu cooler for HTPC case

    OK, got the Noctua NH-C14 installed. I had to remove top fan to fit in the mMedia 5000 case, and after testing different orientations I decided to place the cooler with the heatpipes to the rear.
    Here are some before and after views. I placed a straightedge on top the case and a ruler on top the cpu to measure the distance. Hard to make out in the pic but it's about 4.25 inches. Guess I'll have to spread this over several posts.

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