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DrLitch 1 month ago

Please advise cooler: Mini ITX build, x299 platform, i7-7820X CPU, Sodimm Ram slots, Lian Li Q38 case, mini ITX, max CPU Cooler height 140mm. Projected load, 80 - 90% across 8 cores - will vary since GPU will take much of workload. Scientific / Simulation work - Matlab, CST Microwave Studio, C/C++. GPU will be Titan XP.

Case supports 240mm Radiator but there is nowhere to install a Reservoir or Pump. Case layout circumvents this.

This build may necessitate an All In One. Thinking Corsair H100i might be okay.

I would prefer an Air Cooler. LGA 2066 socket, 140mm maximum clearance, options are very limited on Newegg. Most brands or models I never heard of, limited reviews.

If anyone has custom liquid cooled their Q38 case, please let me know and post link to build pics. At the moment I am struggling to see where I could fit a reservoir and pump. A model like Swiftech or Alphacool's version where they mount reservoir on radiator will not roll with this case - limited room. Potentially if there is a CPU block with a reservoir incorporated, that is lga2066 compatable, I would consider it.

Right now, in order of priority/interest:

  1. Air cooler < 140mm height, LGA 2066 compatible, capable of cooling 140W TDP CPU holding temps under stress 85c or lower.

  2. Custom Liquid Cooling - focus, LGA 2066 compatible CPU block with integrated Reservoir if such a thing exists.

  3. All in One Liquid Cooler, 240mm Radiator, LGA 2066 compatible, good proven performance with X299 chipsets and their higher TDP's. I will be putting the CPU under considerable test, this is not a Gaming PC. My experience with AIO's, they generally do not perform as well as a good Air Cooler. But, this might have changed in past 3/4 years.

Thank you.

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Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

I believe you are looking at a cooler such as this: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/hsw323/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhu9dxi4

This video will showcase that cooler a bit: https://youtu.be/GTV0dkCcU64


Noctua lists that cooler easily compatible to cool that exact CPU but not enough cooling for overclocking headroom. 140mm height restriction is a tough one for air coolers on a high TDP server chip.

DrLitch submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thank you, ordered it. I think I can live without OC'ing the i7-7820x. I am not doing anything time critical with it, GPU will be doing most lifting. Thank you.