this is my first build and it is still changing. The biggest challenge was to replace the Noctua L9a cooler with the Alpenföhn Black Ridge, but it was worth the trouble. :)
fascinating i have never heard of this Case Manufacturer or model and im a huge mini itx fan. Great job with the build!
Hi, I'm using the l9a right now with basically the same build, how much did your temps improved?
About 9 degrees celsius on load, now the cooler works smooth and silent and not that noisy as the L9a did.
Where did you get such low profile ram? (Looking at getting the cooler and Dan case A4 etc)
I bought it at Alternate, a retailer here in Germany. Amazon offers it as well. The Kingston ValueRAM was poorly described by the Retailer. I thought i have to live with slow RAM (2666mhz) as a trade in for a better cooler. But after removing my 3200mhz RAM my mobo decided to run the VLP RAM on 3200mhz too and it works great. Same performance in every benchmark.
wait... im gonna use the dan case as well... you need low profile ram for it to fit?
i am also getting the alpenfohn black ridge cooler as well
You have to options with the alpenföhn black ridge:
Using it with the 92mm fan (it is included) then you can use RAM with a maximum of 33mm height (for instance: Corsair Vengeance LPX). Alpenföhn calls it the Compatibility Mode.
This option is the one i've chosen by replacing the 92mm fan with a 120mmx15mm fan from Noctua and replacing the existing RAM with VLP (very low profile) RAM from Kingston. If you want to get the maximum cooling performance you have to use the fan as an intake fan so that the air is getting pulled through the cooler by the fan. I tested it as an exhaust fan aswell and the temperatures were much better as an intake fan.
I'm getting this case soon and I have a question. That fan you have under where the psu will be, does the case allow for that? or did you have to drill the holes yourself?
I saw it at another build with the Kolink Rocket and adapted it. There is a whole under the PSU, i think it is for 2,5" devices which provides a direct airflow from the back bottom of the Kolink Rocket. I bought a Noctua 92x25mm fan and sticked the fan with glue on this position and that all :)
Works very good
Great thinking! I've got the case now, I've looked it over and I get what you've done. I may do the same :)