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I'm in the process of building a HTPC for my living room, I have most of the components but I'm still unsure about a cpu cooler/heatsink. My case is the Silverstone-GD05 with an ASUS H87M-E motherboard. I'm going with the Intel i5-4570 as my cpu. I'm limited to a 70mm cooler height because I'm using an external Blu-Ray drive. I've narrowed down my selection to these coolers:

- Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B: http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/cpu/SCBSK2100.html
- Silverstone NT01-Pro: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835220057
- Cooler Master GeminiI M4: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103177
- Cooler Master GeminiI S524: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103100

Anyone have experience with these? I know the CM S524 is technically taller than 70mm, but this ASUS motherboard is somewhat thinner than a typical mATX, and I may be able to squeeze it in there by facing the cooler towards the rear of the case. I won't know unless I install one in there to test. The Microcenter near me has one in stock, I'm going to test if it's feasible and return if not.

As for my CPU selection, I'm planning on adding a video card in the future for gaming purposes. Will the i5-4570 suffice for moderate gaming? The i5-4570s has a lower TDP than the standard version, but also a lower operating speed (3.2GHz vs 2.9 GHz). Will the i5-4570 get too hot in the Silverstone case, even with a better-than-stock cooler?

Silverstone GD05: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163205
ASUS H87M-E: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131995
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I have the Shurken cooler, got it off ebay for like $30 shipped. I couldn't have been happier. I have an nMedia PC 1080p case, which is a low profile case. It fits perfectly and is silent. Keeps CPU (Hexacore 95 watt TDP AMD) at pretty much just above ambient.

Stock cooler sounded like a jet engine on take off at full loads, and still couldn't keep up. I had considered water cooling before coming across Shuriken.

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Big Shuriken and Gemini M4 are good coolers. It seems the Gemini is easier to find these days.

 

 

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+1 for the Big Shuriken, highly recommend.

 

Running mine on Turbo mode through my board's PWM settings and it's dead quiet.


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I bought this recently, my first noctua product http://www.amazon.com/Noctua-Low-Profile-Cooler-Retail-Cooling/dp/B009VY1PMI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376363469&sr=8-1&keywords=Noctua+NH-L9i Very good.

Also I bought this http://www.amazon.com/ARCTIC-Freezer-Support-Multiple-Sockets/dp/B0037AKXKM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376363519&sr=8-1&keywords=arctic+cooling+htpc for far less...Also a good choice.

I would probably have bought the Arctic one again f I started over. Both are great though.
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+1 for the Big Shuriken as well. Seems like they are harder to find now. Hard to believe as it is highly rated for a low profile cooler.
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I'm in the process of building a HTPC for my living room, I have most of the components but I'm still unsure about a cpu cooler/heatsink. My case is the Silverstone-GD05 with an ASUS H87M-E motherboard. I'm going with the Intel i5-4570 as my cpu. I'm limited to a 70mm cooler height because I'm using an external Blu-Ray drive. I've narrowed down my selection to these coolers:

- Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B: http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/cpu/SCBSK2100.html
- Silverstone NT01-Pro: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835220057
- Cooler Master GeminiI M4: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103177
- Cooler Master GeminiI S524: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103100

Anyone have experience with these? I know the CM S524 is technically taller than 70mm, but this ASUS motherboard is somewhat thinner than a typical mATX, and I may be able to squeeze it in there by facing the cooler towards the rear of the case. I won't know unless I install one in there to test. The Microcenter near me has one in stock, I'm going to test if it's feasible and return if not.

As for my CPU selection, I'm planning on adding a video card in the future for gaming purposes. Will the i5-4570 suffice for moderate gaming? The i5-4570s has a lower TDP than the standard version, but also a lower operating speed (3.2GHz vs 2.9 GHz). Will the i5-4570 get too hot in the Silverstone case, even with a better-than-stock cooler?

Silverstone GD05: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163205
ASUS H87M-E: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131995

I just put this in the same case:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028ACYPE/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Can't hear it, cools sufficiently.

Looky here!
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I'm limited to a 70mm cooler height because I'm using an external Blu-Ray drive.

You are limited to a 120mm cooler without an internal BD drive ... ? I assume you are using an "internal" one.

I built a similar system (GD06, Core i5-4670, lots of video encoding tasks). After I tested several coolers (stock cooler, NT01-PRO, Big Shuriken, Geminii M4 [Geminii S524 won't fit]), I found

NT01-PRO > Big Shuriken = Geminii M4 > stock cooler

NT01-PRO with two quiet 80mm PWM fans (such as ARCTIC F8 PWM, GELID Silent 8 PWM [cheap], Noctua NF-R8 PWM [expensive]) is highly recommended. Core i5-4670 becomes pretty hot at encoding (~130W total system power consumption) and NT01-PRO can cool it down quietly (< 1500rpm).

Scythe is out of business in USA? It's hard to find its products in US retailers.

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+1 for the Big Shuriken as well. Seems like they are harder to find now. Hard to believe as it is highly rated for a low profile cooler.

I use one in my A8 Trinity based HTPC. Got it used on another forum.
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I have a GD04 and an A10 Trinity. Use an internal bluray drive. For a cooler I have a discontinued Zalman CNPS7000C-Cu that is quiet and seems to work well enough. It's got a few millimeters of clearance - about half a centimeter. I really don't know how good or bad that is.


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