Chuu wrote:This is the exact case I was looking to buy for a Database Server I need to build for a personal project. For those that have it, any advice on particular HeatSinks, or can you give a better idea of clearance? I am going to attempt to run cooled solely by the exhaust fans (65W CPU, no Video Card) but have no idea what sort of Tower Cooler will realistically fit.
I was reading over this looking for a case for my next build, and I happen to have experience in that area. I have run a 65w Pentium E5200 and Core 2 Quad Q8400 (95w!) in a NSK3480, with rear fan only (Scythe slipstream PWM). The CPU cooler I used was the Xigmatek HDT-S1283. I used the E5200 for over a year, not a single overheating issue, and I've had the Q8400 about 2 years, no heat issues even while gaming with a ATI HD4670 passive. This Fractal case has a much better airflow path, so I suspect it would do ok as well. They have some models designed for 120mm fans that are only 160mm high such as the HDT-S126384.
Here's the full setup for reference:
Nexus Value 430 (top bay, doesn't really affect CPU/GPU thermals)
Sapphire Ultimate 4670 (passive cooled) - former
Asus EAH6850 DirectCU (fan) - current
Scythe Slipstream 120mm rear fan - plugged into CPU's header in case things get hot
no front fan
The back fan definitely spins up when the GPU is running full throttle in games, but not during typical usage since the GPU is in power saving mode.
Upgrade I'm considering:
keep ATI HD6850
Fractal R3 or mini - should be quieter with fewer leaks and more damping than NSK3480
MB - not sure
cooler - probably try stock cooler. From what I've seen, they're essentially silent as-is. If not, then I'll find a bigger tower and run fanless again