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April 18, 2012 10:30:34 AM

Hi, all, first time poster/new member so please be gentle ;) 

Im starting to peice together bits of kit for a new htpc/main pc build based around the soon to be released Ivy Bridge i7 3770k chip.

The case i will most likely use is http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product06.php?pr_i... which according to the specs has a cpu cooler height of only 60mm. In my current build which uses an i3 2105 i have used this cooler http://www.akasa.com.tw/update.php?tpl=product/cpu.prod...
which has been great in my Antec isk 300-150 case with an idle temp of around 30 degrees C.

My question is this, the i7 3770k has a tdp of 77w and the cooler i linked says it will do upto 73w tdp which is only a difference of 4w, so do you think i would get many issues using that cooler? I like the cooler as its very low profile, i have used it before and am happy with its current performance and it has a small footprint keeping well clear of ram slots etc.

Its highly unlikely i will be stressing the i7 as the pc will be mainly used for htpc puposes, a little video file conversion and playing Guild Wars 2 when it comes out, i realise the i7 is overkill for my needs but im building a machine that hopefully will be futureproofed for about 3-4 years as the Ivy Bridge chips support usb3 natively as well as pcie3.0. If you have a better suggestion for a cooler im happy to hear it. The only other cooler i have found that i like the look of is the Scythe Kozuti http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/cpu/117/ScytheUSA-Pro...

Thanks for reading.

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April 18, 2012 10:46:29 AM

utter garbage... they are a budget manufacturer that have very poor build quality standards... they have been trying to up there game over the last 3 or so years but they havent improved that much... yeah there every where you look but it doesnt mean there any good...
if you have no option and cant shop on line then yeah they will do at a push but if you can get better then please do so...
April 18, 2012 11:06:40 AM

Thanks for your feedback, what about the Scythe Kozutik? I read a review which seemed quite positive.
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April 18, 2012 1:02:25 PM

Shambolicuk said:
Thanks for your feedback, what about the Scythe Kozutik? I read a review which seemed quite positive.


Yes there much better than the akasa offerings, i recently built a small gaming rig in that Lian Li case your getting and i fitted the low cost H40 in the front it fits a treat and offers you great cooling...

I just used a 140mm to 120mm adaptor plate,
Bitspower BP-FA140120-BK 140mm -120mm Fan Adapter - Black


http://www.corsair.com/hydro-series-h40-high-performanc...

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April 18, 2012 1:11:36 PM

http://www.silentpcreview.com/scythe-kozuti these guys seem to rate it quite well. rating it as 1 of the best low profile coolers they have tested.
would i buy 1?. not if i didnt need to save space... it should be sufficent for a 75w cpu as it can supposedly handle 140w cpu's which often have higher temps...
although im not a fan of the all in 1 approach of the corsair hydro series i cant fault em for performance so the 1 uther suggests may well be the 1 for you... as its likely to handle anything you throw at it...
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April 18, 2012 1:13:21 PM

I disagree about Akasa, their fans are very durable under harsh conditions. I have installed many on servers that run non-stop and have seen them out-last other brands.
Although I do prefer Akasa in some cases, the cooler in the link you posted wont do as good a job as the Scythe. It is generally a lower end cooler, technology-wise. The Scythe uses a larger heat sync and pipes, so when confined to a smaller enclosure (like an HTPC) it will do a better job.
April 18, 2012 5:37:13 PM

Thanks for your feedback guys, im not too keen on the all in ones either but i appreciate your suggestion, i think i will give the Scythe a try it looks good quality at a reasonable price.
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