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1 year ago#1
I'm thinking of selling my system to my mother, who needs one for her grandkids to use at her house. I'd like to go Mini ITX with a Fractal 304 Node case. I plan to put in an air cooler, probably a 212 evo (I believe it fits).

I'm a little concerned about heat issues though. I'm on a 3570K right now overclocked to 4.4ghz. It runs very cool, hitting maybe 60c while playing games. It's in a micro ATX case, the NZXT vulcan with a Hyper 212+.

I was thinking of the 4670k in the mini ITX build, but how much hotter is it than a 3570k? Do you think I'd have heat issues assuming I did some decent cable management and had as many fans as I could in it?
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1 year ago#2
get whataver CPU you desire, and a 1x120mm AIO liquid cooler.
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1 year ago#3
WyzeGye posted...
get whataver CPU you desire, and a 1x120mm AIO liquid cooler.


I'm kind of a cheapskate though. I don't want to spend $80 for a cooler. I've also heard somewhere that liquid coolers are actually louder than air.
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1 year ago#4
Looking at the airflow of the case, I'd think you'd be fine with an i5.
http://archive.benchmarkreviews.com/images/reviews/cases/Node304/Node304_7770Top.JPG
Looks like you have some pretty clean airflow over the CPU HSF there.
Hell, given the proximity to the exhaust fan, you might be able to go with a large passive cooler.
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1 year ago#5
DarkZV2Beta posted...
Looking at the airflow of the case, I'd think you'd be fine with an i5.
http://archive.benchmarkreviews.com/images/reviews/cases/Node304/Node304_7770Top.JPG
Looks like you have some pretty clean airflow over the CPU HSF there.
Hell, given the proximity to the exhaust fan, you might be able to go with a large passive cooler.


I'm 99% sure the Hyper 212 will fit (unless I was dreaming). My concern is really the temp differences between Haswell and Ivy.
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1 year ago#6
If you search through the reviews you'll find a couple people using the Hyper 212 in the fractal case.
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1 year ago#7
Boge posted...
I'm thinking of selling my system to my mother, who needs one for her grandkids to use at her house. I'd like to go Mini ITX with a Fractal 304 Node case. I plan to put in an air cooler, probably a 212 evo (I believe it fits).

I'm a little concerned about heat issues though. I'm on a 3570K right now overclocked to 4.4ghz. It runs very cool, hitting maybe 60c while playing games. It's in a micro ATX case, the NZXT vulcan with a Hyper 212+.

I was thinking of the 4670k in the mini ITX build, but how much hotter is it than a 3570k? Do you think I'd have heat issues assuming I did some decent cable management and had as many fans as I could in it?


She gave you life and you sell her your pc???


O_o
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1 year ago#8
The temperature difference between the two isn't going to be enough to matter at all unless you're overclocking and even then a mildly OCd 4670k is still competitive with a heavily OCd 3570k. People really downplay the improvements made with Haswell and there's just not a situation where buying ivy bridge parts new at this point makes sense. If you can get a great deal on used stuff go for it but buying worse parts for basically the same price just doesn't make sense.

E: and even if you're worried about your case temps Haswell doesn't produce any more heat than the older processors. It's just a smaller die meaning less surface area for the heat to be transferred to your cooler. For a given CPU temperature your case temperatures will actually be lower.
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1 year ago#9
Boge posted...
DarkZV2Beta posted...
Looking at the airflow of the case, I'd think you'd be fine with an i5.
http://archive.benchmarkreviews.com/images/reviews/cases/Node304/Node304_7770Top.JPG
Looks like you have some pretty clean airflow over the CPU HSF there.
Hell, given the proximity to the exhaust fan, you might be able to go with a large passive cooler.


I'm 99% sure the Hyper 212 will fit (unless I was dreaming). My concern is really the temp differences between Haswell and Ivy.


It shouldn't be too big of a problem.
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1 year ago#10
SleepComa posted...
Boge posted...
I'm thinking of selling my system to my mother, who needs one for her grandkids to use at her house. I'd like to go Mini ITX with a Fractal 304 Node case. I plan to put in an air cooler, probably a 212 evo (I believe it fits).

I'm a little concerned about heat issues though. I'm on a 3570K right now overclocked to 4.4ghz. It runs very cool, hitting maybe 60c while playing games. It's in a micro ATX case, the NZXT vulcan with a Hyper 212+.

I was thinking of the 4670k in the mini ITX build, but how much hotter is it than a 3570k? Do you think I'd have heat issues assuming I did some decent cable management and had as many fans as I could in it?


She gave you life and you sell her your pc???


O_o


She wants another PC. I'm supposed to just give her my great PC that I'm using right now? The only reason I'd do it is so she'd get a better computer for her money and I'd get some money for a change. If she doesn't want mine, I'm building her one anyway. So it's really just a second option for her. I don't WANT to sell my computer. I just see it as an opportunity for both of us to benefit.

Thanks for the info, guys. I'll keep it in mind and maybe move forward in May.
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