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Cpu Cooler for Antec Fusion and Abit Fatal1ity F-190HD Mobo

Post by subdependent » Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:20 am

Hi everyone,

I'm looking forward to assembling my first quiet-ish HTPC (I've done several traditional rigs though) in the following week or so. The components are following:

- Antec Fusion -case (14(H) x 44.5(W) x 41.4(L) cm)
- Abit Fatal1ty F-I90HD Xpress1250 -motherboard
- 1x 2048MB OCZ PC2-6400 (DDR2-800) CL4 KIT XTC Gold Rev2
- Intel Celeron D352 3.2GHz TRAY 512KB
- Samsung SH-S183L SATA LightScribe
- Samsung 320GB T166 HD321KJ 7200RPM SATA

The only part which is still unclear to me is the cpu cooling solution. I should anyways decide upon that soon, since I'm getting the rest of the gear in the end of this week.

The plan is to upgrade to Core2Quad after the autumn price cuts and to get a middle-class DX10 graphics card (Geforce 8600?) at the same time. So the cpu heatsink/cooler should be pretty efficient to handle the core2quad.

The coolers that I've had on my mind are Zalmans alcu 7000 (with adapter), Thermaltakes XP-128 and Scythes Andy Samurai. Zalman is by far the cheapest alternative and used also on the SPCR:s NSK2400 -article, but I'm pretty doubtful that it could handle the Core2Quad. Scythes Mini Ninja would be nice as well (when/if it comes out sometimes). But I'm not sure if the upmarket options are a bit overkill in my case?

So, what would be your suggestions for this? Feel free to comment the other components as well...

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Post by subdependent » Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:21 am

Here are the links to the case and mobo (couldn't attach them to my first post).

Antec Fusion:
http://www.antec.com/ec/productDetails.php?ProdID=08738

Abit Fatal1ty F-190HD
http://www.abit.com.tw/page/no/motherbo ... YPE=LGA775

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Post by Delta_42 » Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:46 am

My initial reaction is why do you want/need a quad core CPU in a HTPC? I built mine using a fanless cooler on a T7200 core2duo mobile CPU, although if I was starting again I'd be tempted to base my selection around the board you've chosen and go for a regular C2D.

There have been a few threads about coolers in the Antec Fusion case, try a search.

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Post by subdependent » Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:10 pm

Delta_42 wrote:My initial reaction is why do you want/need a quad core CPU in a HTPC? I built mine using a fanless cooler on a T7200 core2duo mobile CPU, although if I was starting again I'd be tempted to base my selection around the board you've chosen and go for a regular C2D.
The thing is that it is going to be my only decent pc-system as well and I'd like to use it for gaming and music production every once in a while. I chose to make the system a HTPC because I already have a Fujitsu-Siemens Myrica VQ32-1 lcd-tv (and so I save the price for a separate screen).

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Post by Firetech » Mon Mar 26, 2007 11:45 pm

Aren't Scythe bringing out a mini Ninja purely for HTPC use?
Main PC: Antec SLK 3000B, Fortron Bluestorm 400w, Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2L, Intel e7300, Kingston 2x2Gb Value DDR2, OCZ Vertex 2 60Gb, 320Gb 7200.10, 750Gb Samsung. Silencing/Cooling mods= Glacialtech 120mm front fan, rear Tri-cool on low, CPU HSF = std @ 850rpm :D
WHS: Antec LS-100, GA-MA74GM-S2H, LE-1250, 2x2Gb XMS DDR2, 7Tb
HTPC: Antec NSK2480B, MA78GPM-DS2H & Athlon 64 X2 4850e

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Re: Scythe

Post by subdependent » Wed Mar 28, 2007 2:11 am

Firetech wrote:Aren't Scythe bringing out a mini Ninja purely for HTPC use?
Yes they are, but I need to buy the heatsink in a week or so.

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Post by comomolo » Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:58 am

Delta_42 wrote:I built mine using a fanless cooler on a T7200 core2duo mobile CPU
May I ask which fanless cooler did you use?

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Post by Delta_42 » Sat Apr 07, 2007 10:02 am

I used a Noctua NC-U6 Northbridge cooler as the motherboard I'm using (Asus NH4l-VM DH) uses a proprietary mount. I've mounted the cooler using the retention bracket off the stock cooler Asus bundle with the board. The airflow from the two 120s in the fusion case keeps it all nice and cool.

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Post by subdependent » Wed Apr 18, 2007 2:26 am

I ended up getting Aerocools XFire -HSF with 120mm fan. Fits like a charm and is reasonably efficient, quiet and was also pretty cheap (36 euros).

http://www.aerocool.us/p-cooler/xfire/xfire.html

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Post by obvious » Wed Apr 18, 2007 5:32 am

subdependent wrote:I ended up getting Aerocools XFire -HSF with 120mm fan. Fits like a charm and is reasonably efficient, quiet and was also pretty cheap (36 euros).

http://www.aerocool.us/p-cooler/xfire/xfire.html
I'm desperately trying to find a quiet cooler with good performance to fit on the i90HD in an NSK2400. I hoped I'd found the answer with the Xfire but I notice the review said there's only a 2 degree drop in temperature from stock. http://www.legitreviews.com/article/398/4/

As I'm not getting any help over at viewtopic.php?t=30920&start=180 I wonder if you'd be able to confirm the height of the xfire with or without the fan + give an idea of how much clearance there is between the fan and the top of the case?

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Post by subdependent » Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:43 am

I decided to skip Fusion and got a NSK2400 as well. I'd say that there is around 2-3 cm between Xfires fan and the case lid. I guess it´s true that Xfire isn't that much more powerful than the stock cooler but it is definately more silent.

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Post by obvious » Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:10 am

subdependent wrote:I decided to skip Fusion and got a NSK2400 as well. I'd say that there is around 2-3 cm between Xfires fan and the case lid. I guess it´s true that Xfire isn't that much more powerful than the stock cooler but it is definately more silent.
Thanks subdependent. So if the whole XFire is 4"(100mm) and there's a 20mm gap above it then I guess the maximum HSF height for this case will be around 120mm. I've been trying to work it out for days.

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Post by Moogles » Thu Apr 19, 2007 10:53 am

subdependent wrote:I ended up getting Aerocools XFire -HSF with 120mm fan. Fits like a charm and is reasonably efficient, quiet and was also pretty cheap (36 euros).

http://www.aerocool.us/p-cooler/xfire/xfire.html
Lol, classy: http://www.aerocool.us/Images/cooler/xfire/fan.jpg

Are you trying to tell us something? :D

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