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February 27, 2010 1:32:50 AM

My rig:

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
POWERCOLOR AX5850 1GBD5-MDHG Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Rosewill CHALLENGER (CASE)



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm also thinking about getting this: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-120mm-Silent-Value/...

along with: http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-7PROV2&title=AR... (better deal than newegg)

More about : zalman artic cooling

a b K Overclocking
February 27, 2010 8:59:34 AM

sarsoft - The Coolermaster Hyper 212 is a 160mm tall tower style cpu heatsink. It will not fit in the Rosewill Challenger pc case. The case is not wide enough.

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a b K Overclocking
February 27, 2010 11:48:09 AM


You have not posted why you want an aftermarket cooler, if your intended usage is going for overclocking, then neither of these LGA775 coolers would be a good choice.
February 27, 2010 4:35:06 PM

this is for overclocking. one of the reviews for the rosewill case did imply he managed to install the zalman 9700
a c 130 K Overclocking
February 27, 2010 4:47:53 PM

Heat Sink - For performance and ease of installation, the Prolimatech Megahalems fits both criteria. If that's a budget breaker, look at the Xigmnatec S1283 or one of the others here:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#INTELHEATSI...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

pick a TIM from the top few here:
http://www.hwreviewlabs.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/therma...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

As JL said above, you have to make sure you can fit in the case. The Challenger BTW is not for sale on newegg anymore.
a b K Overclocking
February 27, 2010 5:35:58 PM

zerkai said:
this is for overclocking. one of the reviews for the rosewill case did imply he managed to install the zalman 9700


Problem is not whether he could install the cooler or not, the cooler itself is not a good match for an overclocked i7 920.

The Noctua NH-U9B SE2 would be a better option at the same price point, and should fit in that case, but if interested, make sure that does.
February 27, 2010 6:37:41 PM

@JohnnyLucky

Good call there might be a conflict with the case. That case is 7.48 inches or 190mm wide. Its a close call but might fit after all.
February 27, 2010 7:28:52 PM

I'll try and get the measurements from my cpu to the side of the case. I also have artic cooling thermal grease (how far would that get me with stock cooling?)
a b K Overclocking
February 27, 2010 7:34:24 PM

zerkai said:
I'll try and get the measurements from my cpu to the side of the case. I also have artic cooling thermal grease (how far would that get me with stock cooling?)


Arctic Cooling makes several thermal pastes so hard to say, but likely not further than with any other brand of paste as you are limited by the stock cooler.
February 27, 2010 7:40:46 PM

zerkai said:
I'll try and get the measurements from my cpu to the side of the case. I also have artic cooling thermal grease (how far would that get me with stock cooling?)


I say form 3.0 to 3.4 depending on couple of thing chip, ambient temps, luck, and experience on stock cooling.
February 27, 2010 9:38:52 PM

sorry, I mean artic silver 5 thermal compound. I'm not sure if that's made by artic cooling or not, just got the names a bit mixed up.
February 27, 2010 9:49:45 PM

sarsoft said:
Both coolers will do the job. That Zalman has been been around for a while. I would go with something like Cooler Master Hyper 212.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GL


I would have to agree with that and just add another 120 mm on the other side of the Cooler Master Hyper 212 heatsink for better cooling results.

But...

I have an Intel i5 750 and I have the Zalman 9700 and it works great as well.
Only because it's Pure Copper, and when I lapped my CPU later on after seeing new results with the ARCTIC SILVER 5 Thermal Grease
(I seeing results now but it takes about a full week or two to really see 100% results, )

Note ARCTIC SILVER 5 would be best with apply thermal grease.
February 27, 2010 11:27:24 PM

From my cpu to the side of the case is about ~7inches (~18mm)
a c 197 K Overclocking
February 27, 2010 11:30:35 PM

If your case is 7 1/2 inches wide, the big coolers such as the Hyper 212+ or Xig Dark Knight will not fit. You need a minimum of about 8 inches.
a b K Overclocking
February 28, 2010 4:37:24 PM

zerkai said:
Is the Noctua NH-U9B SE2 the best option I have?


I do not know that it would be the best, but it is one of the better options when you are limited in the hight of the cooler, another that might be of interest to your is the Thermalright AXP-140.

Read some reviews of the coolers, especially those where they test on i7 920 as it is a completely different beast than an i5 or core 2 CPU.
February 28, 2010 6:20:14 PM

Quote:
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I have an Intel i5 750 and I have the Zalman 9700 and it works great as well.
Only because it's Pure Copper, and when I lapped my CPU later on after seeing new results with the ARCTIC SILVER 5 Thermal Grease
(I seeing results now but it takes about a full week or two to really see 100% results, )

Note ARCTIC SILVER 5 would be best with apply thermal grease.


Exactly why there are better options out there. Who wants to wait a week or two to see what the REAL temps are. If you use something like TX2, you get immediate readings with no break in time.


Well something some thermal grease you do have to wait a week to see real results.
It's like a show, you have to wear them to wear them in until they fit right.
Or breaking in some new skates or skateboard trunks. etc

February 28, 2010 11:02:43 PM

How much gap is recommended between the heat sink+fan and the side of the case? Since my case's width is about ~7.5 inches, most of the heatsinks I looked at had their height smaller than that..
a b K Overclocking
March 1, 2010 3:39:04 AM

There is a problem with the newegg.com specifications for the Dark Knight. For some reason the dimensions listed are for the 120mm fan instead of the overall dimensions of the Dark Knight. It is a mistake. The Dark Knight is much larger than the 120mm fan. You can see it in the photos.

The actual dimensions are 120(W) x 50(D) x 159(H) mm

http://www.xigmatek.com/product/air-dark-knight-s1283-v...

A pc case would have to be 8 inches (204mm) wide to accomodate the Dark Knight. You will have to settle for a low profile cpu heatsink or get a new case.
March 1, 2010 4:05:25 AM

The Nexus LOW-7000 Silent Low Profile CPU Cooler seems be popping its name everywhere in my searches, looks like it might be a good fit for me. I'll keep looking to have a select few to start narrowing down on

http://www.amazon.com/Nexus-LOW-7000-Socket-LGA1366-Pro...

http://www.amazon.com/Thermalright-AXP-140-Fanless-Copp... This showed up a few times as well, but the thought of not having a fan on it concerns me

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, this looks pretty sweet, Thermaltake MaxOrb. If only it was for my cpu.

http://www.nexustek.nl/NXS-XiR-2300_Xir-3500_silent-CPU...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - Corsair H50

Currently leaning towards the Cooler Master Gemini, what do you guys think if you were in my shoes?



Also! A question I haven't received an answer for yet; My case came supplied with 3 fans, 1 big intake fan in the front and 2 extakes in the rear/top. I'm wondering if I should replace the 2 extake fans and add 2 additional fans on the side case with these: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-120mm-Silent-Value/... or should I get multiples of these: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-120mm-Blue-Case/dp/... ?
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