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  1. Hi all, its been around 4 years since I last built a computer (have been using a laptop since then which recently died) but I decided that seeing as I no longer need a laptop for work, I'd go back to the performance of a PC. I had the PC built (gimme a break! Its been 4 years! :P) and sent out and have been looking into OC'ing it. Nothing too extreme, but why settle for stock?!

     

    The issue I've got is that the case I went with (NZXT Hades) leaves me with only 131mm (~5.16 inches) of headroom over the CPU for cooling due to the side fan on the case itself. Which obviously rules out a lot of tower-type air coolers. I have a few options, but not a real lot of expertise in the area so I'm looking for a bit of advice...

     

    Firstly, the specs:

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090t

    MoBo: ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3

    RAM: 6GB g.skill 1333MHz (3x2GB)

    GPU: XFX GeForce GTS 250 Core Edition

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200.12

    PSU: OCZ ModXStream 600W

    Case: NZXT Hades (stock configuration of fans - 200mm intake front, 200mm intake side, 120mm exhaust rear & 140mm exhaust top)

     

    The way I see it I have a few options:

     

    First:

    Go with a shelf/downdraft heatsink (CM Vortex Plus?) and leave the side intake fan in. This is the cheapest and easiest option by far at only $45. I thought of one of those awesome Noctua downdraft heatsinks but they are expensive...

     

    Second:

    Remove the side intake. This increases my headroom over the CPU to around 165mm (~6.4 inches). That would allow me to use a taller tower-style heatsink and place a second 140mm exhaust up top to help cover the lost airflow. This option sits in the middle pricing-wise at around $55-$65 but that side fan is doing a great job of keeping my mobo and RAM cool so I'm a little hesitant on this one...

     

    Third:

    Liquid cooling. Thinking of one of those Corsair H50's with the radiator placed where the rear exhaust is at present and move that fan to the empty second slot up top allowing me to keep the side intake. This is the most expensive option at around $150 but would yield the best results I think but would require me saving up some extra cash as I don't have that sort of money lying around having just forked out almost 2 grand on a new system...

     

    Decisions decisions!!! Any advice? Do I really gain anything for keeping that side fan? Or do I toss it?

     

    Any and all help appreciated! TIA

     

     

     

     

     

    the H50 is cheaper than that http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181010


  2. How does the mount work? It says it has a 100mm by 100mm mount but I don't really see it in the pictures. Possibly the center piece pops out?

     

     

    most wall mounts I have seen will adjust to fit the monitor , the trick is finding studs where you want them should you use a wall mount .

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