Aftermarket CPU Heatsink!
Ok, since at some point in the future I know I'm going to overclock my i3 processor (sorry, its in my blood) and the stock intel cooler is the loudest thing in my case, I've been looking for some $40 or less aftermarket socket 1156 CPU heatsinks to use in the nMedia HTPC-5000B case, to provide better cooling and a lower fan noise.
Only annoying thing is with that case is that it has a heatsink height limit of about 112mm's till you hit the top of the case, which is annoying since 95% of the tall heatpipe heatsinks are at least 130mm in height, if not more.
So it looks like I'll be looking for a Low Profile heatsink, but then some of those are *really* low profile, and it seems like with this case, the best heatsink would be a happy medium...
So far I've looked at...Arctic Freezer 11 LP - $22
Its cheap, Low profile (53mm high), performs a little better than the Intel stock at idle and full load, but is quieter than the stock heatsink.Cooler Master Vortex Plus - $30
A little more expensive, a little taller (84mm) but it seems like this performs better than the AF 11 LP but from the reviews it seems to get loud once the fan speeds up.
Two more I found to look at...
COOLER MASTER GeminII S - $40
Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm Shuriken Rev. B - $35
More to come, still weeding thru the sea of heatsinks to find the best fit for this case and the intended use (HTPC)Any suggestions are more than welcome :-)