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Please help setting negative cooling set up for FX-6200

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April 16, 2013 5:33:15 PM

Hello everyone. I recently received a pre-built system about a month ago, and long story short, I do not feel the AMD stock cooler can support much OC if I raised the FSB/Multiplier though bios (achieving about 4.0Ghz or 4.2 Ghz). And for performance and cosmetic reasons, I want to add some new fans to create a better case airflow. I am quite n00by, so bear with me.

Reason I am asking this wonderful community is that I am not sure if my desire new CPU heatsink/cooler would fit in my case. As we know, the stock AMD cooler sounds like a bulldozer (excuse the pun) at high speed.

The case I have is the Aerocool X Warrior, with 488(H) x 187(W) x 520(D). And the heatsink in question is the Zalman CNPS10X Optima, with dimensions of 206 x 178 x 126. Link : . I would like to keep the cost for the CPU cooler under £30 or £20, if it is possible. Hence the listed Zalman.

As for my case fans, I plan to replace the stock Aerocool fans, with a 110 CFM Scythe 1900 at the rear, and 2 Xclio 256 colours 120mm link: at the front (for the adjustable colours as well as balance), with one of the Xclio powered down half way to make up a total of 100 CFM at the front. This will create an even/slight negative pressure to the case, which is what I want. Because the case has no top vent, I am limited to only one exhaust fan...

Now my main concern is, as you can guess, budget and noise level. Is there a cooler/quieter AND cheaper alternative I'm missing? Or should I just get the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO? Would that even fit? Any suggestions are welcomed. (Except the Zalman Flower coolers..... I want one.... But let's just say I can't get them. lol)

Now, am I approaching this whole thing wrong? If so, please do advise me. And if the CPU cooler does not fit, can anyone suggest to me a cheap, quiet CPU cooler that would? Also, is there a better alternative to the exhaust Scythe 1900?

(I also really want to upgrade my GPU, which is currently a slightly OC'd XFX 6670 DDR3 2 GB. (I know, scammed). But as I am running the Cooler Master 500w (Only 70% efficiency, I know. Scammed again.), I can not afford both the PSU and a new GPU. But if anyone has advice on a worthy upgrade from the 6670, please do tell me. (Preferably without replacing the PSU, as if I do, I would go for a 560 ti Boost or something) )

Thank you for reading all this. And any help would be much appreciated.

My current set up as of now for reference :

CPU : AMD FX6200 6 core @ 3.8GHz (Stock Cooler)
RAM : Crucial DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz (probs?) 4GB x2
HDD : Hitachi 1TB and a WD Caviar Green 1TB (WD converted from external drive)
Motherboard : Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3
PSU : Cooler Master 500w (sigh.....)
Case : Aerocool X Warrior (1 stock fan in front, 1 at rear)

EDIT : I forgot to mention, I am unable to remove my stock heatsink! I have spun the level, and unhooked the hook on the lever side. But I can't seem to be able to unhook the far side! What am I doing wrong? I have tried to budge it with the "spring" by pushing the unlocked side.... still can't unhook the other side. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!!!

EDIT 2 : I almost forgot to say that I want the coolers to intake air from the front to rear, not bottom to top, since I have no top vents.

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April 17, 2013 5:05:29 AM

rolli59 said:
I do not know where you got the dimensions of the Zalman but they must be for the box It will fit fine in the Aerocool case.

What about the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm)? Would that fit? I have heard that it's sometimes too tall for the mid tower cases. Also, would it fit on AM3+ horizontally? (Intake front, not intake from bottom)

Thank you!
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a c 915 à CPUs
April 17, 2013 6:31:28 AM

I had Hyper 212+ in a Rosewill Challenger case which is about 189mm wide and had a little more than 2mm gap from the side so I belief it will fit. It is about 7mm taller than the Zalman.
April 17, 2013 2:04:41 PM

rolli59 said:
I had Hyper 212+ in a Rosewill Challenger case which is about 189mm wide and had a little more than 2mm gap from the side so I belief it will fit. It is about 7mm taller than the Zalman.

I just checked the Rosewill Challenger case, and it IS that 2mm larger than my Aerocool. Should I risk it....?

Also, I'm hearing that the CM Hyper 212 Evo sometimes cannot fit horizontally (intake front, not bottom) on the AM3+ board. Can anyone confirm this?

And if I really shouldn't take a chance with the Evo due to the size constraint, does anyone have a good suggestion for a quiet/cheap heatsink? (preferably easy to install...?)

a c 915 à CPUs
April 17, 2013 7:12:33 PM

I think it will work, I had Xigmatek Gaia (same dims) on a MSI 970A-G45 board in that Rosewill case before and no problems.