I built my system about 18 months ago, and foolishly bought many of the cheapest components available, and since then have had to endure my mistakes! One of the major disadvantages of the case I bought is that the PSU sat directly over the CPU fan, thus preventing clean air flow. I bought a Coolermaster HCC002 thinking this would improve matters, but it merely made my system extremely noisy!
This weekend I took the first step towards quietness, and invested in a lovely shiny new case which, apart from looking damn good, will allow me the space to insert some silent cooling heatsinks. At the moment I'm leaning toward the Zalman flower (6000CU), with an eventual aim of installing some large, quiet fans in the case, and maybe some kind of blow-hole with a funnel set-up leading to the flower, to ensure cool airflow over the top.
The problem I have is that the CPU socket is right on the edge of the motherboard, allowing only approx 25mm clearance between the edge of the CPU and the power supply! The flower cooler looks quite long from fin-to-fin. I was wondering if anyone could provide me with a 'top-down' measurement of the heatsink, measuring from where the edge of the CPU is, to the outermost edge of the last fin?
Otherwise, an alternative heatsink suggestion would be useful! :/