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  • #16
    I found that the height of the AM1 cooler is 39mm. That might just fit if you are lucky.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by ebpollock View Post
      I just looked up the case specs, great looking case BTW, states max cpu cooler height is 37mm. That doesn't give much room at all, in fact it might rule out all AM2/2+ cpus. I'd look toward kabini or an AM1 system.

      Evan
      Thanks!
      However, I just measured myself. From the cpu up to the cases top I have almost 50 mm. I think they state 37 mm so that you still have some air between fan and top.
      Any idea how high the boxed cooler of the 6700t is? I could find nothing!
      I could however go for a tray version and buy a custom / silent cooler

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      • #18
        Originally posted by grndzro View Post
        My bad I messed that whole thing up.
        Seems system power came to 75 watts
        http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Process...nd-Conclusions

        Great low profile heat sink can cool 125W easy and inexpensive
        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835119153
        Review
        http://www.frostytech.com/articlevie...articleID=2587

        If you are comfortable with soldering you might be able to pick up an inexpensive open frame 150W power supply that would work in the case.
        Good idea to go for a big cooler. I found this one that would fit FM2 and my case AND is cheap: http://www.alternate.de/Alpenf%C3%B6...oduct/1082952?

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        • #19
          Originally posted by tomtomme View Post
          Thanks!
          However, I just measured myself. From the cpu up to the cases top I have almost 50 mm. I think they state 37 mm so that you still have some air between fan and top.
          Any idea how high the boxed cooler of the 6700t is? I could find nothing!
          I could however go for a tray version and buy a custom / silent cooler
          I can't help with the stock cooler height but I'm just gonna guess that its the same cooler they use on the 65W APUs and that it will be over 50mm. I'd plan an aftermarket cooler. Maybe something like this http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=p...s_id=51&lng=en.

          And one more thing to consider is the configurable TDP of the new APUs. Here they test A8-7600 running both at 65W and 45W set via an option in the bios http://www.silentpcreview.com/AMD_A8-7600. Looks like both the A10t and A8 have the same GPU config. Food for thought. I'm interested in how this turns out as I would like to build a slim HTPC as well.

          Evan

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          • #20
            Originally posted by tomtomme View Post
            Thanks!
            However, I just measured myself. From the cpu up to the cases top I have almost 50 mm. I think they state 37 mm so that you still have some air between fan and top.
            Any idea how high the boxed cooler of the 6700t is? I could find nothing!
            The Richland stock cooler is a bit under 5cm, just measured.

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            • #21
              Thank you all very much for the input.
              Good to know that the richland cooler would just fit in.

              At this point I still cannot really decide what to do. I have more options than before we started discussing this.

              Option 1 (260€)
              AMD Richland A10 6700T
              FM2+ Mobo
              8GB 2400 Mhz RAM
              => - expensive

              Option 2 (270€)
              AMD Kaveri A8 7600
              FM2+ Mobo
              8GB 2400 Mhz RAM
              => - have to wait and radeonSI = slower than Option 1
              => + might be more future proof (HSA, radeonSI might get better than r600)

              Option 3 (230€)
              Intel Core i3 4130T
              1150 Mobo
              Sapphire Radeon R7 240 GDDR5
              => + cheaper; can use old 4GB 1333 RAM
              => +/- CPU faster than I need it
              => - Graphics on same level than Option 2 despite GDDR5 cause 20% less StreamProcessors but higher overall TDP of 65W vs 45W with Options 1 and 2 + Risk of overheating the 3TB HDD due to tight fit with the R7 240
              => - useless / disabled iGPU, less RAM

              Option 4 (150€)
              AMD Athlon 5350
              FM1 Mobo
              Sapphire Radeon R7 240 GDDR5
              => same + and - as option 3
              => - even slower CPU, still 55W TDP = 10W more than options 1 and 2

              Option 5 (50€)
              Sapphire Radeon R7 240 GDDR5 only
              => E350 CPU maybe to slow to even feed the R7 properly
              => very cheap

              ###########

              Overall the system goes slower AND cheaper from Option 1 to 5 while power consumption / heat peaks at option 3 and goes down until Option 5 finally reaches same TDP level than Options 1 and 2.
              It all comes down to how much money I want to spent.
              Still upgrading case or PSU are no options I consider (due to costs, higher power consumption, not being able to solder, etc.). For heavy gaming I still have my TowerPC.

              Maybe I decide on this next week. Weekend will be busy.
              I whish all of you a sunny one
              Last edited by tomtomme; 04-25-2014, 03:05 AM.

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