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Best cooler to fit Lian Li Q08?

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December 9, 2010 6:43:12 AM

Hi All

As titled; what's the best cooler to fit a Lian Li PC-Q08 case? I believe the headroom is 100mm...and from googling it seems that too much width will block the PCI slot.

Many thanks in advance for any advice.

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a c 241 K Overclocking
December 9, 2010 6:55:43 AM

- Original HSF support your mobo
- Scythe SCMN-1100 100mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
- Thermaltake CL-P0220 100mm CPU Cooler
December 9, 2010 8:16:32 AM

Thanks Henydiah

My apologies I should have explained that it's to fit LGA1156 processor (i3-540) - also the SCMN-1100 is reported to be 150mm tall...109 x 105 x 150mm.
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December 9, 2010 8:32:41 AM

The site says the heatsink dimensions are 109 x 105 x 150 mm and the fan is Dimensions: 100 x 100 x 25mm.

Also, LGA1156 support isn't listed...
a b K Overclocking
December 9, 2010 4:08:22 PM

I just put a cheap $17 Masscool cooler on my i5/650 in that PC-Q08R case. It has a copper core and is about twice the height and at least 3x the weight of the all-aluminum stock cooler. I haven't used that machine much lately (some guests are), but I can tell you it was definitely cooler and quieter than the stock.
a c 241 K Overclocking
December 9, 2010 11:56:13 PM

try use Stock cooler it safe for your CPU!
January 13, 2011 7:45:21 AM

Onus said:
No, not that one, which is for AMD CPUs.
It was this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'm guessing Newegg won't help much, but at least you'll get the part number.

Edit: Knowing what motherboard you have might be useful...


It will be a Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 - from searching it appears to be out of a Scythe Samurai ZZ, Ninja Mini or Big Shuriken.

Any thoughts?
January 13, 2011 8:27:47 AM

That's what I thought :) 

Thing is - I'm not a fan of the width so how much better is it over the ZZ or the Mini? If it's only a few degrees I'll go with one of the others.
a b K Overclocking
January 14, 2011 12:14:14 AM

I don't think a Ninja mini will fit in a PC-Q08 unless perhaps you use a SFX PSU. FSP has a decent one (HardwareSecrets tested it) that comes with a mounting plate so you can put it where a regular ATX PSU would go: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 14, 2011 6:51:45 AM

Yeah I was thinking about an SFX PSU but the wattage is too low and the high ones are problematic from what I've read...

Good link henydiah thanks :) 

Searching the site I came across this:

Scythe Big Shuriken low 34.6 dB Intel/AMD
Scythe Big Shuriken high 39.6 dB Intel/AMD

Scythe Ninja Mini 41.7 dB Intel/AMD

Not *too* bad for the Mini...I can always replace the fan (it also works great fanless) for a quieter one...my original plan was to replace the Shuriken fan with a Noctua, but I'm wondering if it would be more beneficial to have the Mini because it can blow the air out in 4 directions, whereas the Shuriken only blows it out the top (toward the PSU).

How about a Ninja Mini (with a quieter fan) blowing the air toward the TOP of the case, out of the case exhaust fan?

For reference: http://www.silentpcreview.com/files/images/lianli-pcq08...

If it's all about the Big Shuriken though, I noticed some people have their cooler blowing out air, IN to the PSU intake fan like this: http://members.optushome.com.au/stori/SPCR/Lian-Li1.jpg

A normal setup has it the other way around like this: http://www.expreview.com/img/review/Lian-li.PC-Q08/img/...

Which is better?
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