Heatsink and airflow advice required for new rig

Hello

Looking for suggestions and advice for a heatsink for my recently setup new rig. This also have to correlate with my cases' airflow design which is quite unique. The following explanation will throw light on this further.

My rig specs

CPU - Intel I5 760
Mobo - Gigabyte GA - P55 - USB3 Rev 2.0
PSU - Gigabyte PoweRock 500W
GPU - XFX ATI Radeon HD 4670
RAM - Patriot Extreme Performance Gaming Series DDR3 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC3-12800 Enhanced Latency DIMM Kit
HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1 TB Internal Kit
LG Mutidisc writer
Super Rainbow Case - http://www.rainbownsk.com/prodetails.aspx?elmnt=30




Now first thing is about the case. I am using it as a HTPC instead of a tower, so its lying on its side rather than as it is depicted in the picture. There are no side vents on fans. Notice the air vents on the "TOP". The PSU is on the front left side right below the first squarish air vent feeding the psu fan. The other square air vent further down is for the GPU fan intake. I have also attached 2 X 80 mm fans on the backside for exhaust. One more 80 mm fan attached to the inside of top circle vent blowing air into the case which is temp controlled from the case's fan controller in the LCD at front . There is also air vents on the bottom of the case as depicted in the first picture.

Right now i have attached the stock cooler for the cpu. There is a clearance of around 120mm out of the total 360mm height due to the mobo and the fan on top of the case.

The suggestions i'm looking for

1. Is the air circulation apt for this rig (air intake from the psu at front and the 80mm fan on top and two 80 mm fan at the back for exhaust)
2. Suggest a good cpu cooler for this rig. Budget is not a problem.

I overclock occasionally to play a few games but its mostly used for movies and music and general computing. All suggestions are welcome.
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  1. cheap great cpu cooler:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103064&Tpk=hyper%20tx-3

    best bang for your buck:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper_212%2b-_-35-103-065-_-Product
    (right now the price is the same as hyper tx-3, better grab it fast! before newegg close it's promotion. The hyper 212+ is way better than the hyper tx-3.

    best bang for your buck (2):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106150&Tpk=frio
    (beware, this thing is HUGE! maybe not compatible with your case)
  2. You just suggested 3 coolers which are all too big...
  3. You'll be looking for something like the last one jasons7394 linked.
    Here's a couple of others from Scythe not to sure about clearances with your ram though.Btw the Big Shuriken is 1156 compatible(Newegg typo).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008000%2050002108&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=574%7C35-185-097%5E35-185-097-TS%2C35-185-129%5E35-185-129-TS
  4. I'd suggest you try it and see what happens. In a worst case scenario you realise the CPU is not getting anywhere near enough cooling then you could remove the CPU cooler and get an external water cooling kit.. although it might just be the same price to get a nice air cooling case and air cooling block/fan. Infact if you live in the UK i'll sell you my old KANDALF water cooling case for £80 if you like. its big, but it has 3 x 120mm radiators with a 120mm fan each. The pump is good, and i even have tubing and liquid solution!
  5. Thanks all of you guys...... appreciate it..... I'll look into all of em.....

    @j_sparrow - sorry!!! i dont live in the UK.....

    no one commented on the air flow though!!!!! I would really like some comments / suggestions on it.....
  6. abully said:
    Thanks all of you guys...... appreciate it..... I'll look into all of em.....

    @j_sparrow - sorry!!! i dont live in the UK.....

    no one commented on the air flow though!!!!! I would really like some comments / suggestions on it.....

    Well your case isn't what i consider ideal it's far from the worse i've seen.
    At least it's exhausting heat out of it.
    As long as you have at least one intake and an exhaust it should be fine.
    Honestly though for the level of gear you have a better case would do it more justice.
    Antec 300 or CM 690II Basic $50-60.
  7. davcon said:
    Well your case isn't what i consider ideal it's far from the worse i've seen.
    At least it's exhausting heat out of it.
    As long as you have at least one intake and an exhaust it should be fine.
    Honestly though for the level of gear you have a better case would do it more justice.
    Antec 300 or CM 690II Basic $50-60.



    ^^ what he said. Its a dinky little case you have right now. If you live in a hamster cage its ok. If not then bigger is always better for cases and overall cooling.

    If you must keep that case then switch your fans around. blowing cool air in from the top is not good, Heat rises so your forcing hot air back into the case. The top should deffo be for venting.

    Check these small fans out. there are catagories for a few sizes:-

    http://www.frostytech.com/top5_lowprofile_heatsinks.cfm
  8. Thanks Sparrow & Davcon..... The case is the best i could find for a HTPC finish and look here..... I'll look to look at silverstone case which i liked but couldn't find here..... Well there are plenty of air vents in the front and at the bottom, so i'll replace the direction flow of the fan on top to exhaust instead of blowing air..... but then there will be three fans exhausting with the PSU intaking air in the front and blowing it inside the case..... thanks a lot again guys.....really appreciate it
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