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Cooler questions for an mITX build.

Oct 18, 2016 10:54AM PDT

Hey guys!

Long story short: Need a cooler for my Ncase M1. Needs to handle heat well and FIT!

So far I tried 2 coolers. First I tried the Noctua NH-C14S (wanted NH-C14 initially, was unavailable everywhere). Could not fit that bad boy in with a side bracket - that meant no fans so I went ahead and returned it. I then got the Phanteks PH-TC12LS - said has no ram clearance issues. That was a complete lie. fits my z170i only in 1 direction (pipes facing up) BUT only after I removed the assembly that you attach the fan on AND it is still pressing on my RAM really badly so I will be returning it.

Now what do I get? I want good cooling performance. My main candidates now are the Phanteks PH-TC14CS and the Noctua NH-C14.

What do you guys think?

My current build:

CPU: Intel Core i7 6700K
MB: Asus z170i Pro Gaming
RAM: Corsair LED (Red) 32GB
GPU: Asus GTX 1080 Strix (which I have a problem with, about to create a thread - fan spinning at 100% constantly)
OS Storage: Samsung 950 Pro NVMe M.2 256GB
Data Storage: Samsung 850 1TB SSD
CPU Cooler: Noctua NHC14S Phanteks PH-TC14CS ???
Case: Ncase M1
Case Fans: 4x Corsair ML120 Pro Red Led.

(Probably) irrelevant:
Monitor Setup: 2x ASUS PG279Q
Mouse: Asus ROG Gladius
Keyboard: CoolerMaster Rapid-i white LED.

New to the forum, new to the PC Master Race (have been using laptops until recently). Finally decided to put together a nice build for everyday use (with gaming). Any help is much appreciated.

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Oct 18, 2016 11:11AM PDT

Forgot to mention 1 thing -

For both the coolers I am considering - is it completely ok to run them without any dedicated CPU fans? I will set the case fans as CPU fans but still is that enough? Thanks again!

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There's an Edit button.
Oct 18, 2016 11:23AM PDT

Just press PREVIEW POST and it shows.

All the folk I know will not build or support such a case when it's stuffed like that. Even if you get it cooling it's not as good as a normal case and you get shorter life spans. Usually it starts having issues in a year or two but why dissuade anyone? It's good for the parts and support/service counters.

-> In short you are dealing with finding parts. It's a big world so keep hunting.

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Some builds
Oct 18, 2016 2:06PM PDT

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