Have just ordered a Core i5 2500k as part of new build (MSI P67A-GD53 + MSI 560Ti Frozr II OC), going into my existing Antec 900 case but have some issues around the CPU cooler and wondering if you can help?
Originally was going for a Corsair H80 but looking in the case I'm worried it won't fit for two reasons...
1) the plastic mounts for the side fan might hit the rad
2) the rad might hit the top fan
Not 100% sure on either as I can only tell by looking roughly, if #1 is the problem all I can see as a solution is to cut the plastic mounts off. If #2 is the issue I think it's a no-go
As an alternative to the H80 I'm also considering the Be Quiet Dark Rock Advanced but the specs show the height as 167mm which looks way too close for comfort without fouling the side panel. I've seen a Noctua NH-D14 (160mm high) fit OK so it might make it but looks close...
The Antec 900 is a well ventilated case. You should be able to install any air cooler you want, so long as you don't try to install a side fan. A side fan is not really necessary, and sometimes disrupts airflow.
Actually liquid cooling is not really needed either for any sane overclock. Why not just get a Xigmatek gaia or cm hyper212 which costs only $30?
Some time back, I installed a thermalright 120 true on a 902 , and it missed the plastic side clips. You could remove the clips if necessary too.
See the link below for a wide variety of quality coolers. The Hyper 212+ is very popular and affordable but not a high-end HSF. The H80 is over-priced and inefficient. The Xigmatek Aegir is ~$70., new tech and very efficient.
Read the full review for sizing/clearance concerns.
If it fits in there surely it should make the 900?
I'm guessing to remove the side clips I'd have to cut them off? Was hoping at one point they'd come off the case but that removes the entire side panel window as far as I can tell.
You might not have to do clip surgery.
The clips are at a bit of an angle, so a normal tower type cooler will actually fit between the clips, even if it is a bit tall.
The Xigmatek gaia or cm hyper212 are 160mm tall, as I recall, and have a good chance of fitting because they are not particularly deep.
Looking like the Hyper 212+ is out in front at the moment. Having read around more in theory the Dark Rock Advanced *should* fit but measuring the case I can't see how as there doesn't seem to be 167mm clearance from motherboard to the edge of the case... but if it fits in a 300 surely it must in a 900?!