HSF recommendation

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Hey,

Upgrading a system that currently has a Celeron G3250 (53w) and bundled cooler. Going to an E3-1231v3, which is an 80w CPU.

Hoping to get a recommendation for a non-tower clip-in style HSF that will do the job. (So, something similar to the OEM design that will be easy to swap w/o removing the motherboard.)

Case is a Node 804, but I'm not interested in water cooling.
 

aigomorla

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the clip retention system is horrible...
If im not mistaken on the case, it has a open cut out behind the cpu so you could use a hard mount without board removal.
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Being the case i would recommend a phantek slim
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QJI75AA/ref=psdc_2998409011_t1_B00KDG48CC

or a Cryorig c7
https://www.amazon.com/Cryorig-CR-C...TF8&qid=1537205601&sr=1-1&keywords=Cryorig+C7

Note the pictures are wrong on amazon for the c7.
http://www.cryorig.com/c7_us.php


incase your wondering the phantek is the greater of the two...
You would need a all copper c7 to probably beat it, and that costs about 20 dollars more.
https://www.amazon.com/CRYORIG-C7-C...TF8&qid=1537205808&sr=1-2&keywords=Cryorig+C7

i would still however still get a phantek over an all copper c7, as those are basically Thermalrights axp100's which are proven great heatsinks.
 

mdram

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i believe the cooler master hyper t2 uses the oem connections for install
 

aigomorla

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OP asked for no tower.
 
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I just don't want something huge, and I was hoping to not have to remove the hard drive racks from the other side either. I really am that lazy.

I also don't want something that's not-quite ATX spec, since even the little Intel cooler doesn't leave a lot of room by the RAM slots.

But, *sigh* it's really not THAT much work. I shouldn't be so lazy, and that Cryorig looks alright. Thanks!