Uggh, I have a problem.
I want to cool this processor (Not sure yet dual/quad core) but I only have 3 to 3.1 inches /80mm vertical space to work with. I also would prefer it to blow out to the side rather than up vertically. (The mobo is laying flat in the Microatx case.
Can someone help Me find something?
We really need to know what socket the cooler needs to fit. Coolers are not universal fit parts.
The cooler referenced would probably be loud, it has a 6100 rpm fan. Anything small will have a small fan, and that means high rpm's and noise.
Yes, smaller fans (60mm) will produce more noise. However, you can replace the fan with one that's more quiet and even add PWM fan control so it doesn't run full speed all the time. The above 60mm fan can be replaced with this 60mm PWM fan to reduce noise.
If you have not picked a cpu, look at the E8400 first.
45nm processors run cooler. A dual processor will also run cooler than a quad. If this is for gaming, a E8400 is probably faster than a Q6600 anyway. Don't overclock it. That adds heat, and is probably not necessary. The stock cooler for a E8400 is a bit puny, but will probably be ok. If you can find a stock cooler from a Q6600 or E6850, they are better.
Plan "B" is to create a duct that will channel some of the hot cpu air towards the exit vent.
If this is for gaming, pick a vga card that has a rear exhaust so that the hot air is ejected from the case instead of recirculating and heating up both the cpu and vga cooling air.
Not sure if I should go with Dual or Quad core processors. I am not known to run alot of programs at once but I do Video editing and Play games (Never at the same time). Most I will do is be browsing while gaming/encoding.
Would you recommend a dual at 3.0 ghz or quad at 2.4 ghz. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115028
Manipultae these charts q6600 vs. e8400, either will be a good choice. The new 45nm quads will be available soon, so the Q6600 will be old news soon enough. I own both the q6600 and the E8400. The E8400 is the better choice IMO. Consider a 45nm quad otherwise. Forget the e6850, the e8400 beats it in almost everything.
e8400, your running a lan box the air flow isn't going to be great and the q6600's run a fair bit warmer. Using that cooler and an E8400 would be a good choice and you could probably overclock it too. The E8400 also out performs a Q6600 at stock gaming wise - which is what your mainly after.