How did we get here?
This started easy enough, add an All-In-One cooler to CoolBlue. Yeah, not so much. Oh, everything leading up to the change went well, but it wasn’t until getting our hands dirty that things took a turn. Let’s start from the beginning.
I had a Corsair H100i CPU cooler not being used, but it wouldn’t fit as it was, so I went shopping. I had to find a retro kit, which in this case was four slightly shorter stand off posts. That was easy enough, they are widely available and not unreasonably priced. Not unreasonable until you factor in shipping.
The Corsair site had these for 7.99 USD, great, let’s order them. 9.99USD for shipping. What? They cost more to ship than the item cost? You’ve lost your pea picken’ mind! There were several sellers, however, on eBay, so that’s where we ordered. Four days later, things looked ready to go.
I chose to reuse the DeepCool fans already in the case, which was fine, but as it turns out, the case has a flaw. The fans that mount to the top of the case, can only mount in the center. Many case manufacturers add additional grooves so things can be pulled closer to the glass panel and not have an issue with the height of cooling blocks on the motherboard. This case lacks that. My next option was mount the radiator behind the front panel.
A Different Problem
Technically it fits, but it looks awkward. The front has three fans mounted and now the top two reach into the case further, making things look sloppy. There is also the matter of the CPU cooling block having a lot of extra cables causing clutter. Still, I could look past that if it kept things nice and cool. It didn’t.
Okay, it did keep things cool, but only as much as the tower cooler I took out. Not a good trade. It looked bad from the front, more cables to manage in the back, and now the temps were only slightly better. By slightly better, I mean margin of error better. I was able to get slightly better temps by removing the front panel, but that’s not ideal. So, you’re thinking, a horrible fail.
Yes, and No. It was a failure, but I learned something. What not to do.
What’s next for CoolBlue
The very next thing to do is remove the All-in-One cooler from the build. Aesthetically, it’s not pleasing and it’s also not effective.
Next, I will look at the big brother to the current AG400 CPU cooler, the AG620. This is rated for a higher total power output, and although it’s more than that CPU needs, it pushes more air directly out of the case. It may only mean a few degrees cooler, but to be honest, temps weren’t bad, I was just looking to improve them so I wouldn’t have any throttling when I edit.
This also may mean a different case. CoolBlue gets it’s name because is a Intel CPU/GPU build with DeepCool parts, (including the case), but I did put a CoolerMaster power supply in. I may be able to do the same with the case and still keep the theme. I may even be able to find a blue case. If I find one with better airflow, that can solve all of the problems at one time, and that would be cool. No pun intended. After that it will be the process of swapping SSD’s and loading programs I use most often, then it may be ready to become my new every day driver. We’ll see.
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