Thanks for the reply,
I have read on a German site of someone who claims to have got an Arctic Freezer 7 (120mm height
) into a dh101. But there was no picture and I am also not sure how many versions of the freezer 7 there have been (maybe some are <120mm?).
There is a ventilation grid along the back of the case lid
. The CPU is more or less below this grid
. The holes aren't too big, but I was hoping that I could get quite close to this grid with a top-down heatsink and that it would draw air from outside the case. Do you think I could forego the 25mm clearance in this case?
I have also been looking at the NH-C14 with just the lower fan installed, but it is quite a bit above my intended budget.
I have just bought a second-hand pc-wreck(link will stop working after a month or two)
, which includes water cooling (that also caused it to become a wreck). I should receive it this week and will have try to find out if the dh101 case can somehow accommodate the radiator. If so, I think this could be quite a neat solution.
It also upgrades my pc-parts stock by the following
Gehäuse: Cosmos S
Grafikkarte: BFG GTX 280 oder 260 (may or not may not work, requires water cooling)
Netzteil: BeQuit! BQT E5-700W
Mainboard: P5QD Turbo
Soundkarte: Creative Labs SB0790
RAM: 2x2GB PC2 6400 PN OCZ2T800C44GK Titanium Edition
DVD Laufwerk: DH-16D2S
Harddisk: Samsung 160GB (SP1614C) (yippie!)
So now a parallel project of putting together a near-silent office pc in a hard-core gaming case for my dad has emerged. I can already see that the issue with the cosmos' side fan colliding with any heatsink larger than 140mm will be my next challenge. I might be able to get an NH-D14 se2011 for quite a good price (will then have to buy the old mounting kit, or maybe swap it with someone who needs a 2011 kit:), but would not like to dismount the large side case fan. I have seen pictures of people cutting parts off their fans, but have not yet seen somebody do it to fit the NH-D14. But I guess this thread should focus on the DH-101.
If I manage to get the water-cooling kit installed in (or, more likely, around) the dh101 and the GPU still works, it will also have solved my GPU problem. But I somehow doubt I will find a suitable solution, so the air-cooling questions are still relevant.
I will have to test the the mainboards and see which performs better (one is p35, the other p45 chipset) with the two CPUs. The Q6600 will now be relegated to the Cosmos S.
Thanks again for your reply and please let me know what you think about omitting the clearance above top-down coolers in cases where there are ventilation holes above the CPU. Of course, I would also appreciate comments and tips on the other issue.