[SOLVED] Trying to figure out CPU cooler clearance for this case

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(I'm not sure if this belongs in 'cooling' section or the case section, my apologies if this is the wrong place)

I was going to eventually pick up a bigger case that I know for a fact can handle the size of this cooler (165mm)

But in the mean time, if possible I wanted to see if the cooler could fit in my current Antec 300 case. Problem is this case is from ye olden days of 2008 and no matter how hard I look I can't find CPU cooler clearance dimensions for this case. Not even Antec's website seems to list the case anymore for the 300 version. They have a listing for the newer versions but their 300 version is nowhere to be found

I know the cases overall dimensions are listed as:
18" (H) x 18.3" (D) x 8.1" (W)
45.8 (H) x 46.5 (D) x 20.5 cm (W)

The newer renditions of the case such as the antec 302 list their clearance but those cases are slightly bigger it seems

I did find this thread from 2010 saying a 159mm cooler could fit in there with some room to spare but I'm not sure how accurate it is

Anyone here by chance have a magic crystal ball they could consult to figure out the clearance? I'd use mine by my cat knocked it off my table few years back

Or is there a way to measure accurately somehow?
 
What are you looking to buy?
Do you want to use your current case?
If so, Use a ruler to measure how much room you have from the level of the motherboard to the side of the case.
at 8.1" you may / may not be ok.
My case is 8.27" wide and can support a 165mm cooler
I found a video of a NH-D14 (160mm) installed in the case which looks to barely fit.
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc-QS9b03BY


If you have both, do a trial fit.
If you co not have the cooler, Look for a NH-D15s which costs about the same and is only 160mm tall.

If you are looking for a case, there are better cases our there.
 
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What are you looking to buy?
Do you want to use your current case?
If so, Use a ruler to measure how much room you have from the level of the motherboard to the side of the case.
at 8.1" you may / may not be ok.
My case is 8.27" wide and can support a 165mm cooler
I found a video of a NH-D14 (160mm) installed in the case which looks to barely fit.
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc-QS9b03BY


If you have both, do a trial fit.
If you co not have the cooler, Look for a NH-D15s which costs about the same and is only 160mm tall.

If you are looking for a case, there are better cases our there.
 
Reactions: Furzumz

Furzumz

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What are you looking to buy?
Do you want to use your current case?
If so, Use a ruler to measure how much room you have from the level of the motherboard to the side of the case.
at 8.1" you may / may not be ok.
My case is 8.27" wide and can support a 165mm cooler
I found a video of a NH-D14 (160mm) installed in the case which looks to barely fit.
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc-QS9b03BY


If you have both, do a trial fit.
If you co not have the cooler, Look for a NH-D15s which costs about the same and is only 160mm tall.

If you are looking for a case, there are better cases our there.
Oh this is perfect. I think I'll end up keeping my current case and go with the NH-D14 instead

Thank you very much for the help!
 

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