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Ventilation, Fitting, and CPU Cooling

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Jul 21, 2011
Hello all!

I hope you had a merry Christmas!

I've been postponing a build for a while now and am pretty sure I'm ready to pull the trigger on most of the components.

I'll be using an i5 6600k and an MSI 480 8gb.

I am trying to figure out which cooler to get and want to make sure it will fit in the case I want.

I am also concerned with the volume and coolness of the GPU depending on the case.

I'd also rather keep it on the low end of $

Coolers I'm looking at:

H60: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181030&Tpk=35-181-030

H50: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16835181010

Enermax 240: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...-cables-_-na-_-na&Item=N82E16835214061&cm_sp=

Cases I'm looking at:

CM Elite 130 (VERY tempting due to cost, but ITX and they RARELY have 2133 ram): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...-cables-_-na-_-na&Item=N82E16811119286&cm_sp=

Thermaltake V21: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...-cables-_-na-_-na&Item=N82E16811133274&cm_sp=

Corsair Carbide: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...-cables-_-na-_-na&Item=N82E16811139044&cm_sp=

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If you're not going to OC then the H60 or H50 should work fine. You might be able to get those coolers to fit in the CM Elite 130 if you run the rad bolted to the otside of the case where the case fan goes. The Enermax 240 will not fit.

The same is true for the Thermaltake V21 but it looks like it has the hole to run your rad outside the case so no mod needed.

The Corsair looks like it will take any of the coolers you listed which seems to be a selling point for that case.
Kaby Lake is out now. If you don't plan to overclock you'd be better off with a chip that's clocked higher out of the box.
I would avoid the CM Elite 130 if you're putting in performance parts. (Read High TDP CPU/GPU) What motherboard will you be going with? You mention ITX but also seem unsure if you want ITX or mATX.