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What cpu cooler would fit nicely in an old antec 300 case?

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August 24, 2012 7:35:49 AM

Hello,

What would be the most effective aftermarket cpu cooler for a antec 300 case?

My motherboard recently died and it was an old 1366 MSI Eclipse Plus. I'm planning on replacing the motherboard with a Asus z77 Sabertooth with either a 3570k or 3770k processor. The temps in my room get pretty hot (I live in the tropics) so I was planning on getting a aftermarket cpu cooler.

I'm on a tight budget so replacing the case is not feasible at the moment.

I've tried looking through the forums already and there were some suggestions but the posts are quite old and I wanted to see if there were any new products available.

Thanks!
August 31, 2012 2:03:32 AM

Oops sorry about the double thread. Working out of my phone till my pc is fixed. Thanks for the suggestion I will check it out.
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August 31, 2012 6:40:51 PM

Are you looking for a air or liquid cooling?

For liquid cooling, go with the Kuhler H20 620

The CoolerMaster Hyper 212 is good also.
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September 1, 2012 11:16:35 AM

Well water cooling interests me and the 620 is available in my area. I have heard though that over time it will degrade due to coolant loss. As for air cooling is the 212 the only one that will fit? Which of the two would be least affected by ambient heat and humidity?

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September 1, 2012 11:43:02 AM

The 212+/212EVO are about as good as it gets for sub-$70 HSF.

As far as being "affected by ambient heat and humidity" goes, the performance of any cooling solution that ultimately dumps heat to air (this includes liquid and even phase-change cooling) will be similarly affected by ambient temperature. Humidity in terms of cooling efficiency only affects animals and evaporation cooling towers.
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September 8, 2012 1:38:42 AM

Thanks for the insight! So if the room temp is around 80-84 degrees Fahrenheit what temps could a hyper 212 evo keep on a non-oc'd ivy bridge?
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September 8, 2012 3:12:48 AM

lacklusterspark said:
Thanks for the insight! So if the room temp is around 80-84 degrees Fahrenheit what temps could a hyper 212 evo keep on a non-oc'd ivy bridge?

~15C (~27F) lower than stock cooler.
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September 9, 2012 12:59:53 AM

The Zalman CNPS 12X fits nice n snug inside my Antec 300. :) 



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September 9, 2012 3:24:18 PM

lacklusterspark said:
That looks like a really tight fit. What kind of RAM are you using? Can you still fit a fan on the side panel?


The only clearance issue I had was with the ram. The Ripjaw heatsink was about 1mm too tall and would not clear the fan blade. This was easily fixed by simply removing the HS off one stick. The side intake has a filtered Antec tri cool blue 120mm.

What motherboard are you using ? If your gpu is using the 300's top slot, the 12x might not fit.

My only con was that the base was very uneven, thanks to some bad nickel plating. I could have RMA'd it but decided to lap it instead.



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September 19, 2012 6:23:46 AM

One last question. How about the Coolermaster TPC 812 how effective is it? Should i hold off my build to save up for it?
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September 21, 2012 12:33:50 PM

Best answer selected by lacklusterspark.
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September 21, 2012 3:03:10 PM

Just about any HSF, $50+, will do the good job and keep the decibels down. Just do your research. :) 

I thought I did and yet still had the clearance issue with the ram.

Then theres the guilt that I feel, knowing that I only paid $35 after MIR. Talk about a STEAL. :D 

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