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Quiet Socket AM2 Heatsinks

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October 15, 2006 8:27:47 PM

I'm about to build myself a new HTPC and I'm having trouble finding a quiet after market cooler for the system. I'm a long time fan of ZALMAN coolers but the CNPS9500 is to big for my HTPC case (nMedia HTPC 200BA) and I don't think the CNPS8000 will fit properly on the Asus M2NPV-VM motherboard I was planning to get. I have an old CNPS7000 that I'd love to use but I can't find any info from Zalman about using it on socket AM2. Can anyone suggest a quiet socket AM2 cooler with a large fan on it that will fit in a smallish HTPC case.

And just to head off any suggestions that I go with a Core 2 system, I'm doing this project on the cheep and can't afford to go that route as much as I would like to.

October 20, 2006 12:43:37 PM

October 20, 2006 1:06:46 PM

Get the CNPS8000 and ASUS M2N-E. This should work.
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October 20, 2006 8:05:50 PM

The XP-90 is what I want for my M2N-E, its perfectly designed for that board. Newegg doesn't have it in stock, you can find it around though.
October 23, 2006 4:23:41 AM

Scythe Infinity or Thermalright Ultra-120, both without a fan.
Keep a close watch on temps and dont try to OC like this.
October 23, 2006 7:39:07 PM

Those are great choices, but the OP said "smallish HTPC case". Unfortunately "smallish HTPC case" and Scythe Infinity or Thermalright Ultra-120 will not probably mix. It's too bad though. A fanless Infinity does very well on it's own when you don't overclock.
October 23, 2006 7:51:35 PM

a smallish HTPC case.

Weve got ourselves a bit of a problem here.

@the OP
Measure the height avaible youve got report back.