the hyper 212 is a great cooler. i keep one on hand as a back up incase i have a problem with my water cooling set up on my quad. problem is it's a tall cooler. make sure your case has lots of headroom. what case are you using? will dictate what you can fit as far as cooling. you said media machine and that makes me think small case. smaller media cases can have cooling issue due to lack of fans or lack of space. as to your original question, not alot you can do to boxed coolers from intel.