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Good i5 cooler not requiring to remove the mobo

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a b K Overclocking
February 28, 2010 10:10:23 AM

I'd like a good cooler for s1156 that doesn't need the removal of the mobo.I have a cm 690 chassis and I haven't oc'd yet.BTW.could you suggest a good case fan. :hello:  :hello:  :hello: 

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a b K Overclocking
February 28, 2010 11:58:01 AM

I'm afraid that what you are looking for doesn't exist. Good coolers typically require backplates because they are too heavy or run the risk of bending the motherboard without a backplate.

With that, I suggest a CM Hyper212 Plus. 30$, and it's the last cooler you're probably ever going to need. Don't be afraid to take out the motherboard. When I installed my Hyper 212 Plus, it was my first time. I just took note of which cables went to which sockets, and took care not to lose any screws I removed. It's going to be a fun weekend afternoon project to install a good CPU cooler.

As for case fans, what size do you need? The CM 690 has space for a lot of 120mm fans, although it can fit one 140mm one. You can get Xigmatek, Gelid, CM,... etc. Find fans that are 1500+ RPM. They will be noisier than the fans that come with the 690, but they will give good airflow. Dont' forget to get fan filters for intake fans, too, if the case doesn't have them.
a b K Overclocking
February 28, 2010 3:59:35 PM

There is a little bit of a problem with the design of a motherboard tray and the location of the cpu socket on a motherboard. First, the motherboard tray has to have a large opening for access to the rear of a motherboard. Some cases do not have any opening. Some trays openings are too small. Some trays have openings that do not align with the mounting holes in a motherboard. In addition the cpu socket on a motherboard is not always in the exact same spot on each motherboard. There are slight variations. You may not have any choice but to remove the motherboard to install a cpu heatsink. Depending on your selection, it may actually be easier to remove the tray.

Here is a link to a very good web site with a lot of useful information about cpu heatsinks that will help you make an informed decision:

You can use the Google embedded search feature at the web site to find more information about heatsinks for specific cpu sockets.

Here is a link to a very good web site with a lot of useful information about quiet pc fans:

It pays to look around the site for information about other quiet components.