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June 7, 2013 11:16:08 AM

I recently built a HTPC a couple of weeks ago and noticed that my stock fan was obnoxiously loud and have decided to replace the stock heat sink/fan.

I have a Lian Li case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

an AMD A8-3850 APU
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055ZCXVE/ref=oh_deta...

and an ASRock A75M-ITX MOBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have been looking for the past couple of weeks for a new heat sink/fan that will fit the case. The problem is that the heat sink/fan can only be about 55 mm tall ( just over 2" tall) until it hits the bottom of my hdd which just happens to be directly above it. If anyone has any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated.
June 7, 2013 12:18:40 PM

burdenbound said:
Would this work?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 120mm fan should run at a lower speed for less noise.



Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, this particular heat sink /fan combo is 6" tall. My case setup will only support a heat sink/fan combo of just slightly over 2" tall.
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June 7, 2013 12:49:17 PM

burdenbound said:
wow I didn't realize that one was so tall.

How about http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am just cruising newegg and seeing what they have. This one looks pretty good coolermaster is a good brand and I am trying to find a larger fan for low noise.


I looked at that one before. If you add the Fan and heat sink height together you get 59mm or 2.3 inches. That will leave maybe a 1/4 inch of head space before the bottom of my HDD. Does it make a difference of how much space my fan has before the HDD? Will this cause my HDD or CPU to overheat? Thanks again for looking.
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June 7, 2013 12:54:54 PM

ajmac3242 said:
burdenbound said:
wow I didn't realize that one was so tall.

How about http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am just cruising newegg and seeing what they have. This one looks pretty good coolermaster is a good brand and I am trying to find a larger fan for low noise.


I looked at that one before. If you add the Fan and heat sink height together you get 59mm or 2.3 inches. That will leave maybe a 1/4 inch of head space before the bottom of my HDD. Does it make a difference of how much space my fan has before the HDD? Will this cause my HDD or CPU to overheat? Thanks again for looking.


I think you will be ok, if your not already overheating with the stock heatsink in that cramped space than you should be fine with this guy. For the most part with such a tight fit your just trying to get the air moving around so your exhaust fan can push it out. This should cool better than stock even with less headroom.
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June 7, 2013 1:44:29 PM

burdenbound said:
ajmac3242 said:
burdenbound said:
wow I didn't realize that one was so tall.

How about http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am just cruising newegg and seeing what they have. This one looks pretty good coolermaster is a good brand and I am trying to find a larger fan for low noise.


I looked at that one before. If you add the Fan and heat sink height together you get 59mm or 2.3 inches. That will leave maybe a 1/4 inch of head space before the bottom of my HDD. Does it make a difference of how much space my fan has before the HDD? Will this cause my HDD or CPU to overheat? Thanks again for looking.


I think you will be ok, if your not already overheating with the stock heatsink in that cramped space than you should be fine with this guy. For the most part with such a tight fit your just trying to get the air moving around so your exhaust fan can push it out. This should cool better than stock even with less headroom.


Perfect thanks for your help
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