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July 30, 2013 10:28:02 AM

I have an AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4Ghz Black Edition processor and it gets really loud with the stock fan. I'm thinking of getting the Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler but it is huge and I'm not sure if it will fit my case. I have a Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition Mid-Tower case and on the specs page it says the CPU cooler height limitation is 170mm. The cooler i want to get says 120mm & 140mm so I'm guessing that means it must fit? My RAM doesn't have very large heatsinks on it either, so I should be fine with that too (Corsair XMS2).

Sorry for the stupid questions, I just haven't had to deal with aftermarket coolers because I don't overclock my CPU or put much stress on it. I've had the X4 965 for a few months now and the loudness is starting to bother me, especially now that it's summer and the computer has more heat to deal with. I already bought a watercooler without doing much research (Corsair H80i) and found out the main purpose of it is for intense cooling of the CPU and that it's also noisy. Good thing I didn't un-package it yet so I can return it.

If someone could help me out I would greatly appreciate it! :D 
a c 1003 à CPUs
July 30, 2013 10:32:07 AM

What case do you have?
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a c 94 à CPUs
July 30, 2013 10:33:52 AM

That is a fantastic CPU cooler with performance levels that equal that of the H80 Liquid cooler. As far as compatiblity is concerned the CPU cooler should fit in your case. This will help you!

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120909185...

The H80 is a good CPU cooler and just needs some fans like this and then it would be quiet>http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007RESFR2
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a c 94 à CPUs
July 30, 2013 10:35:26 AM

He has the Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition Mid-Tower case.
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a c 1003 à CPUs
July 30, 2013 10:42:03 AM

Missed it thanks , no coffee yet!
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a c 1003 à CPUs
July 30, 2013 10:45:40 AM

160 x 140 x 158mm < Noctua dimensions
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July 30, 2013 10:47:17 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0SzEAjCFug My Configuration: His specs

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8 GHz; (Turbo turned off)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14;
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 256 bit;
RAM: Kingston HyperX Genesis 1600 MHz @ 1333;
MB: Gigabyte GA990XA-UD3 AM3+;
HDD: WesternDigital Caviar Blue 320GB SATA-II;
PSU: CoolerMaster Silent Pro M600;
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition (USB 3);
Monitor: ASUS VW222U 1680x1050 2ms Response;
Mouse: A4Tech X-710;
Keyboard: DeLUX K8070 Gaming;
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July 30, 2013 6:03:11 PM

Azrael47 said:
That is a fantastic CPU cooler with performance levels that equal that of the H80 Liquid cooler. As far as compatiblity is concerned the CPU cooler should fit in your case. This will help you!

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120909185...

The H80 is a good CPU cooler and just needs some fans like this and then it would be quiet>http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007RESFR2


I've read reviews on the H80i and that seems to be the case - the stock fans are really loud. I've decided that I'm gonna return it and get the Noctua. Not only it's cheaper, it's less of a hassle than watercooling, and the H80i has a lot of mixed reviews so it's not exactly worth it.

Thanks for helping me out!

By the way, for those of you that have the case, am I the only one who found it really hard to put the intake fan up on the front? After figuring out how I can actually mount it there (instructions didn't say anything regarding it) I managed to get one screw in that hardly held, and had to use a mini ziptie for the other screwhole. left the other 2 unscrewed, but I think the faceplate keeps it firmly in place. I had to use the power fan plug on my motherboard which is normally used for the rear exhaust fan because it is closer to the front, and the chassis fan plug for the rear because it's closer to the back. I've installed SpeedFan, but am only able to control the CPU fan and rear exhaust fan even though there are 3 control options. Anyone else in the same boat here, or am I doing something wrong?
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July 30, 2013 6:04:24 PM

It's a beast , it's cooling my 3750k right now.
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