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    Recommend me a small CPU cooler

    I need something small to fit in this mATX HTPC case. The mini ninja is the obvious choice, but since I won't be overclocking much, it might be a bit OTT. So what are the cheaper alternatives? Or should I just go for the mini ninja?

    This will be used to cool a E2200 which I will overclock slightly (minimum needed to get smooth 1080p playback).

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    Re: Recommend me a small CPU cooler

    How much clearance have you got? Can you run it fan free? Zalman do a couple but as you know they wont be cheap lol

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    Re: Recommend me a small CPU cooler

    That Zalman is only a couple of quid cheaper... I would rather go for the mini ninja... I don't think these small coolers will work well fan free - unless undervolted and underclocked which I won't be doing.

    Not sure how much clearance I have... I haven't got the board yet! (Its on the way, in the post at the moment).

    Looks like I will have to go for the mini ninja... I heard that the fan that comes with it is not very good... anyone suggest a quiet alternative. It can take 92mm or 80mm fans.

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    Re: Recommend me a small CPU cooler

    Quote Originally Posted by SiM View Post
    That Zalman is only a couple of quid cheaper... I would rather go for the mini ninja... I don't think these small coolers will work well fan free - unless undervolted and underclocked which I won't be doing.

    Not sure how much clearance I have... I haven't got the board yet! (Its on the way, in the post at the moment).

    Looks like I will have to go for the mini ninja... I heard that the fan that comes with it is not very good... anyone suggest a quiet alternative. It can take 92mm or 80mm fans.
    To be honest alot of people will say Noctua and Yate Loon and Sharkoon, so would I for a PC but for this I'd get an Arctic Cooling 9 PWM Fan. Why?

    Because it comes mounted with silencing rubber grommets and also the sides are exposed so air can be expelled out from the sides as well as above which may be better especially if the fan is pointing up but the exhaust isnt directly above. Some air will get chucked directly into the exhaust.

    Might be a load of Boll**ks but worst comes to worst you get a good cheap quiet fan lol

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    Re: Recommend me a small CPU cooler

    Thats for the Zalman btw

    If you are going to get the Mini Ninja Id stick with something 80mm unless you know you have the clearance mate

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    Re: Recommend me a small CPU cooler

    Thanks, I like the idea of the PWM... but I can't find it anywhere for sale in the UK!!!

    Definitely not going to get the zalman. Its not a big enough saving over the mini ninja...

    Regarding clearance... check out this photo:

    I think there should be adequate clearance for a 92mm fan unless the ram will get in the way... I think I will get a 92mm fan and use it as a case fan if it doesn't fit.

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    Thanks for that... looks like I will be running it fanless

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    Re: Recommend me a small CPU cooler

    Have you been able to read this article yet?
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    Re: Recommend me a small CPU cooler

    Quote Originally Posted by SiM View Post
    Thanks, I like the idea of the PWM... but I can't find it anywhere for sale in the UK!!!
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    Re: Recommend me a small CPU cooler

    Yeh, I saw that, but that's in the US and with postage its not cheap... I will just run the ninja without a fan... It looks like it will work well without a fan

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    I'd love to mention this AC LP but it's AMD only
    That article is mostly AMD only too... that guy put 8GB into his matx system... how crazy is that!

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    Re: Recommend me a small CPU cooler

    Quote Originally Posted by SiM View Post
    that guy put 8GB into his matx system... how crazy is that!
    He clearly has money to burn, despite all the garbage about budgets, so why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorsson View Post
    He clearly has money to burn, despite all the garbage about budgets, so why not?
    lol... garbage... understatement... he talks about the Scythe Shuriken being too expensive then he goes and gets 8GB of ram... I wonder how much he can overclock his cpu with the turd he is using as a heatsink to "keep the budget"...

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    Re: Recommend me a small CPU cooler

    Lol SiM hate to say it but I told you so lol. If I were you id run it fanless too mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ommid View Post
    Lol SiM hate to say it but I told you so lol. If I were you id run it fanless too mate
    well its not really fanless... there are 2 fans less than a cm away!!!

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    Re: Recommend me a small CPU cooler

    i've got a zalman cnps hanging around (can't remember the full model number, but if your interested then i'll find the box) but i'm not sure if it will fit...

    Piccys of it:

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