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A good CPU cooler for QX9650 in HTPC case?

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August 24, 2008 10:34:45 PM

i'm purchasing the Silverstone lc17 and would like recommendations on a CPU cooler
that will do the job but won't be too high for the HTPC case (170MM tall).

so far cheked the Ninja Mini and Thermaltake MaxOrb.

i want to overclock the cpu so, any suggestions?
August 25, 2008 12:18:31 AM

kinda curious why you want to put QX9650 on HTPC case and also want to OC it?
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August 25, 2008 12:21:03 AM

Overclocking and HTPC are two words you normally don't hear together. I'm curious as well why are we spending $1,000 on a CPU for an HTPC when all you need is a $100 CPU.
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August 25, 2008 6:56:03 PM

it's like this:
its just a HTPC CASE! not a HTPC build.
yes it will be used for showing HD movies but mainly for gaming and everyday use.
as for the QX9650, i happen to get it at 75% discount so why not? :) 

now, a good cooler for QX9650 in the LC17 case please? :) 
August 25, 2008 10:11:44 PM

shayx said:
it's like this:
its just a HTPC CASE! not a HTPC build.
yes it will be used for showing HD movies but mainly for gaming and everyday use.
as for the QX9650, i happen to get it at 75% discount so why not? :) 

now, a good cooler for QX9650 in the LC17 case please? :) 


its just that a good cooler that able to cool an overclocked QX9650 properly is generally need more height clearance
August 26, 2008 11:15:23 PM

i know.
but I'm trying to work out some sort of compromise.
i don't intend to squeeze the CPU to the max...
but i think 4.5GHZ is a good goal...

BTW just read a review about the ZALMAN 9500 and it pretty rocks and more important fits in the case...
the heatsinks you offered is not available here...
August 27, 2008 3:52:17 PM

4.5ghz, in a tiny htpc case, with questionable air cooling. you're smoking crack. You should do a little more research on what "the max" is, and adjust your expectations to fit. You'd need a great water cooling setup and a good chip to get 4.5ghz stable. With the heat you need to dissipate, you'd be lucky to get 3.8ghz, probably more like 3.4-3.6ghz. I'd return that htpc case, and get a real case, and a real cooler if you want to overclock. If you really insist on overclocking in a sardine can, look into the top of the line freezone cooler, it might fit. Or, if you're a McGuyver, you may be able to rig a single loop water cooling system, and mount a radiator on the back of the case.
August 28, 2008 5:53:16 PM

Like clownbaby said, hitting 4.5 in a HTPC case is gonna be really tough. You could probably squeeze a WCing setup in it, using an external radiator.

In your case I would just use a decent aftermarket cooler, and maybe get a small bump on the processor, or just leave it stock. A 9650 is a great CPU, and for most people you wont really have a legit reason to OC it.

Id leave it stock, put in a stout single video card like a 4870X2 or a GTX280 and go with it. That will be your best route in an HTPC case. If you really want to OC, your going to need a real case and a real setup that is designed to handle those temps.
August 30, 2008 12:51:27 AM

well guyz.
i decided to drop the all HTPC thing.

i'm gonna get a Coolermaster 690 case and i was thinking to cool it with OCZ Vendetta 2

!