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Asus P6T/Sunbeam Core Contact issue

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August 10, 2009 12:05:03 PM

I recently put together a rig with an ASUS P6T motherboard and a Sunbeam Core Contact cooler. Due to the builds of the board and cooler, I could only fit it one way without bending things or cutting off motherboard heatsink fins.

The cooler is oriented in a way that air is moved from the bottom of the case to the top. The air that moves through the cooler comes from ~1.5" from the top of the video card. This doesn't seem ideal and I my i7 is running quite a few degrees above what I feel it should be at stock. I'm holding off overclocking until I can get the stock heat down more.

I have a Coolermaster 690 case and there is room for a fan to blow upward out of the case. I'm wondering what the best thing to do is. I could buy a fan and see if that helps, mutilate my motherboard so I can point the cooler to blow through and out the back of the case, or buy a different cooler that will mount easier and let me blow air out the back.

The first and last options are preferred, I really don't want to bend (resistors?) and I don't want to or have the tools to cut the heatsink fins. I'm curious if anyone else is using this combo and has come up with a good solution.

Thanks.
a b K Overclocking
August 10, 2009 5:49:55 PM

So, is it the mounting mechanism that is getting in the way?
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August 11, 2009 11:31:11 AM

I can get the mounting bracket on. The problem is I can't get the shorter clip to catch because the cooler hits the MB heatsink before the clip is low enough to catch on the mounting bracket.
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a b K Overclocking
August 11, 2009 7:04:49 PM

Have you tried turning it?
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August 12, 2009 11:45:16 AM

I'm not sure what you mean. If you mean turning the mounting bracket and orientating the cooler in another direction, then yes. I have it installed, but pointing up instead of out the back.

My worry is that it's drawing hot air off the video card.
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