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Safe to add a higher flow fan?

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Dec 13, 2005
Well I'm using a GeminII on my q9550, and I have it at 3.2ghz and the cores are hovering around 60c (yeah, I know those temps are still safe) but I'm planning on going higher am currently using the stock fan on the heatsink, which I believe is 25mm thick. I'm thinking of upgrading to a faster one, but do to my case design it's parallel to my PSU fan and there's maybe a 1/2" gap between them to let air flow to both fans.

My question is is it safe to get a faster fan that is also 25mm thick or would I be better off looking for a slightly thinner fan?
 

Automata

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Thinner means less pressure and, consequently, less flow. The clearance you have now is little, but I would suggest staying with 25mm fans that are higher speed.

Overall, you should either look at a different heatsink (that one is 'ok') or modify the case to improve the airflow and reduce restriction.
 
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freakdiablo
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Dec 13, 2005
Thinner means less pressure and, consequently, less flow. The clearance you have now is little, but I would suggest staying with 25mm fans that are higher speed.

Overall, you should either look at a different heatsink (that one is 'ok') or modify the case to improve the airflow and reduce restriction.

I guess that means finding a way to modify the case. The way the case and motherboard are laid out, this is one of the better heatsinks I found that still fit. One of these days I may just end up getting a mid tower, the problems I'm having with a mATX setup are starting to out way the benefits.
 

Automata

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I guess that means finding a way to modify the case. The way the case and motherboard are laid out, this is one of the better heatsinks I found that still fit. One of these days I may just end up getting a mid tower, the problems I'm having with a mATX setup are starting to out way the benefits.
Yeah, that case doesn't have a lot of room. If you are looking at just changing the case for cheap, check out the Antec 300. Great case and I paid $50 for my first one and nothing for my second (Newegg deal). I would buy it again. :)
 
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freakdiablo
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Yeah, that case doesn't have a lot of room. If you are looking at just changing the case for cheap, check out the Antec 300. Great case and I paid $50 for my first one and nothing for my second (Newegg deal). I would buy it again. :)

Thanks for the suggestion.

Edit: Got a 300 illusion off newegg. $10 off plus free shipping. Chose it over the normal 300 since it came with 3 120mm fans over the one in the normal one even though I'll upgrade them over time.
 
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