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    Advice on a new (smaller) CPU cooler

    Ok so here's my issue - I bought the 16GB RAM yesterday I went to put it into my case and... I just can't install it... Not because I don't know how or anything like that... My problem is, my hands are too big to install the RAM without removing my huge CPU cooler (Titan Fenrir Evo) from my tiny case (NZXT Vulcan)
    The huge components and wires around the case stop me from getting in to install the RAM without removing my fansink. (which just isn't ideal to me since I regularly open my PC just to clean up, ect).

    I've come to the conclusion that something needs to give... I love my small form factor case so that isn't changing and the only other option is to change the CPU cooler. So that's what I want advice on. What CPU cooler should I get. I want it to be as small as possible (can't cover the RAM slots) and obviously as quiet as possible, whilst being able to cool it relatively well.

    I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that current LGA 1155/1156 coolers will fit Haswell CPU's when they release next year (which I plan on upgrading to when they are released). I would be happy to live with a bit of extra heat for 6 months while I wait to upgrade to the less power hungry Haswell CPUs - especially whilst we're in winter / spring and the low ambient temperature is on my CPU's side.

    I was looking at AIO Watercooling solutions like the Corsair H70/H80 but I'm not sure how much noise the pump adds. I'm not really interested in a full on water cooling solution just now. Perhaps some time in the future but for now I just want something simple that I don't have to worry about.

    So yeah, any advise will be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Advice on a new (smaller) CPU cooler

    H80i was my conclusion for good performance and reasonably quiet operation. Waiting for delivery...

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    Re: Advice on a new (smaller) CPU cooler

    Im running the H60, can honestly say that the fans i have on them (2x corsair sp120 quiet) are noiser than the pump itself, so it shouldnt be that much of a worry, as I'm assuming the newer one have even quieter pumps on them.

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    Re: Advice on a new (smaller) CPU cooler

    Quote Originally Posted by Thorsson View Post
    H80i was my conclusion for good performance and reasonably quiet operation. Waiting for delivery...
    Does the H80i add anything over the H70? Scan have the H70 with 2 fans for a very decent price. does the H80i have a deeper radiator on it? If so does it add £22 worth of value to it over the H70 with the 2 SP120 fans that the scan listing has?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dutchjonsey View Post
    Im running the H60, can honestly say that the fans i have on them (2x corsair sp120 quiet) are noiser than the pump itself, so it shouldnt be that much of a worry, as I'm assuming the newer one have even quieter pumps on them.
    I'm assuming if you can't hear the pump, the only sound will be from the fans, so it shouldn't be any noisier than a regular air cooler so that's not too bad.

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    Re: Advice on a new (smaller) CPU cooler

    The H80i has one fan; the H100i has two. If your case takes two fans then that's possibly the route to go. The new "i" coolers have quieter fans.

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    Re: Advice on a new (smaller) CPU cooler

    Quote Originally Posted by Thorsson View Post
    The H80i has one fan; the H100i has two. If your case takes two fans then that's possibly the route to go. The new "i" coolers have quieter fans.
    Scan says the H80i has 2 fans, in push pull. One in front of the Rad and one behind it...

    But yeah, I have had a look around, despite my case having 2 120mm fan slots next to each other, the border around the H100i makes it too big so it doesn't fit inside my case.

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