I'm working on some mods to make my Dell Studio XPS Desktop 435MT cooler and quieter. I'm replacing the case fan and adding an Enermax Modu82+ 625W power supply.
Can anyone provide any recommendations for upgrading the stock i7 920 cpu cooler / heatsink in my Dell Studio XPS Desktop 435MT? Given the small size of the 435MT, I've been pulling out my hair trying to find an aftermarket cooler that will fit, keep the CPU cool and be quiet. Keeping the stock cooler is not an option. Price is no object, I want the best I can get.
The cooler isn't a stock Intel item, though I've no idea who actually makes the one fitted. The problem of course is the small mini tower case - as soon as you start to upgrade graphics cards,etc., the heat rises....
I swapped out the PSU and shoehorned in a 4870 and found (surprise) it didn't bode well for the temps!
Although I liked the chic little gloss black case as it sat very nicely on the desk, I've moved everything into a new case now with much better airflow.
Sorry I can't recommend any premium coolers that will fit in the original case. I expect you've read the threads here with regard to the case fan- be aware that although it is easy to aquire fans that are quieter they will probably not match the Dell fitted AVC's 74cfm.
Don't think the all-in-one liquid coolers around (Zalman/Domino) will fit, (or be an easy fit!) as they have 120mm heatsinks.
I can recommend a Silenx Extrema as a case fan, I fitted one and it made the whole PC very quiet, but it wasn't easy tracking a 92mm one down that had the higher output (they come in different noise/output specs). Got one off EBay in the end!
I have EXACTLY same problem, my cpu fan sounds like a car, want to change it.
I want Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366 but i assume that it doesnt fit in my tiny pc emoticon.Sad.title
What can I do????? I get headache everyday, have latest bios, it doesnt help.
The Noctua definitely won't fit. That would have been a great/quiet CPU cooler. The CPU cooler also has to be small to fit in the 435mt.
Nobody seems to have upgraded their cpu cooler. HHmmpppph! Noise is really an issue in this computer. I've done quite a bit of research and the best that I have been able to come up with is the
It's only $32 at newegg, so I went ahead and ordered it. I'll let you know when it arrives if it fits ok. Wish me luck. Also once I gut everything, I'm also planning on drilling a 92mm hole in the bottom of the case for a new fan for more cool airflow. I'm also installing nexus dampers taller case feet.
ok, plz let me know if it fits, and how quiet it is compared to the stock one, how temp differences.
I found another cooler that is even smaller than Scythe SCSK-1100
What do you think about that one?
The Geldid Silent Spirit looks great. Too bad I didn't come across that one when I was doing my research. Also think that the Noctua NH-u9B may have fit too. What I didn't know that it's slot 1366 compatible. Noctua will send you a free 1366 (i7) adaptor. Oh well. I got the Scythe cooler and am moving forward with that.
It's still going to be a little while....My 435MT is still in pieces and I have not put the cooler in yet. I'm waiting on a few things before I put it all back together.
#1 waiting for a 92mm hole saw.
#2 waiting until the new Intel X25-M SSD comes into stock. I'll run my OS on this. Everyone raves about this SSD. Might as well try it.
I've got the Nexus Dampers case feet and I am planning on drilling a 92mm hole on the bottom of the case, towards the front. Underneath where HDD1 goes. Then I am putting a Noctura NF-B9 case intake fan there. I've got a Y power splitter that will connect it to the other case fan which plugs into the motherboard controlling it's speed. Some nice extra cool air coming in from under the front of the case should help the heat and high spin speeds of the fans.
I don't know if there's been any updates since or on any similar threads to this one, but I have one question- sorry its probably been asked a million times before but answers don't seem definitive and the forum here can be a bit of a nightmare to trawl through, even with search sometimes...
Putting aside the physical size of aftermarket heatsinks, if the CPU fan were to be changed what is the situation with regard to error messages received prior to/ during POST?
The M/B has a 4 pin header from what I can see, and I've googled around and apparently you can fit a 3 pin connector on to it -
Will the PC simply fail to boot at all, or fire up but with an error message every boot?