comptonassneil

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Hey everyone, I just purchased a Q6600 and this case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147033

The case has a large vent on the side where you could i guess put another fan 120mm it looks like. But my question is, what heatsink could i purchase that would fit in there? I've read everyone's recommendation as to the best heatsinks, but I feel like those may not fit in this case. I don't know dimensions and all that very well, and I'm pretty new to most this stuff. Thanks for the input!
 
The case and side duct was designed to work with the stock coolers. If you go with many of the 120mm after market coolers you'll probably have to remove the plastic duct from the inside of the case. Once removed any of the 120mm will work in your case. There should be an easy way to do this though i couldn't see it from the pictures. The boost to cooling that you will get from going to one of the aftermarket 120mm coolers will far outweigh the minimal boost you get from the duct.
Frostytech has great reviews of heatsink coolers, showing both best cooling and quietest. Also have charts that show decibel readings etc.
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

Good options for coolers are Xigmatek HDT1283 with bracket
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233019

Sunbeam core contact - includes bracket and fan control
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004

Arctic cooling 7 pro - must use push pin mounting
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134

i hate push pin mounting

 

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thanks for all the help! How exactly does the retention bracket work? I've had a bad history of mounting heatsinks, and processors. I'm almost afraid to mess with it too much. But as of now my pc runs at around 52 degrees C when I'm gaming, and that seems a little hot maybe, but maybe i'm wrong.