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C530 & C730 CPU Cooler Upgrade

2019-09-18, 19:37 PM

Anyone with an i5-8400, i5-9400, i7-8700, i7-9700, or i9-9900k, I found the best CPU Cooler for us. This is the biggest low-profile cooler than I found could fit in our case. I attempted a couple coolers, as well as a 92mm AIO and none of them wanted to fit the way I wanted them too. This one fit with JUST enough room to spare, and keeps my i7-8700 from thermal throttling which it did almost IMMEDIATELY on the stock cooler. This one run a couple degrees cooler, and much quieter, than the stock cooler AND the Noctua L9x65 which I know is a favorite among us. Its a very simple installation, just requires removal of the motherboard and the stock bracket behind the motherboard. 
Oh, I almost forgot, its only $45!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QJI75AA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Re: C530 & C730 CPU Cooler Upgrade

2019-12-11, 16:37 PM

Hi!

 

I am experience overheating in my CPU (i7 9700) with the stock CPU cooler.

On idle i hit around 60 degrees C and while gaming 90-100 degrees C (very unusual).


Could you please share how well your recommended CPU cooler has resolved your overheating issue? (i.e. degrees on idle and while gaming).

 

Thank you

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Re: C530 & C730 CPU Cooler Upgrade

2019-12-11, 16:48 PM

Hey bro, this cooler actually changed everything for me. the 8700 wouldnt peak above mid 70's and was virtually silent. I was absolutely recommend if you are having overheating issues.

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Re: C530 & C730 CPU Cooler Upgrade

2019-12-11, 17:08 PM

Thanks! That's so good to hear. Did you only swap out the CPU cooler, and not the front and back fans. 

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Re: C530 & C730 CPU Cooler Upgrade

2019-12-11, 17:09 PM

Hey man. I swapped out the two front fans for noctua. As well as the rear as well. 

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Re: C530 & C730 CPU Cooler Upgrade

2019-12-11, 17:16 PM

Oh great! I ordered some noctua fans as you described, but may consider the one you got after I test these baby out.

 

thanks again!

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Re: C530 & C730 CPU Cooler Upgrade

2019-12-13, 17:42 PM

There is a better one - Noctua NH-L12S https://noctua.at/en/nh-l12s. It fits just fine. No more throttling for my 9700k. It can be mounted in 4 orientations.

 

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Re: C530 & C730 CPU Cooler Upgrade

2019-12-21, 1:53 AM

Hi There,

 

I'm literally looking at CPU cooler options myself.

 

Can the Noctua NH-L12S be directly fitted to the existing mounts or does the Motherboard have to be removed?

 

I have a C530 with 2080  GPU like you.

 

I'm looking to replace:

 

- front and back fans

- 1 x 16GB Memory removed and replaced with 2 x 16GB Memory

- Stock CPU cooler

- Some Wire Tidying 

 

Funnily enough also been looking at the Noctua fans for front and back so the matching CPU cooler is even better! Looks good in your case!

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Re: C530 & C730 CPU Cooler Upgrade

2019-12-21, 1:55 AM
Hey dude. Unfortunately the motherboard has to come out as you have to use the mount from the phanteks cooler itself. I cant speak for the noctua cooler that the one poster was talking about.

The fan replacement is very easy and simple, as for the ram, if you do get a new cooler, I would recommend regular low-profile non-shielded ram so they can fit.

As for cable management, I found if you get rid of the hard drive cage in the back, you can move alot of psu wires back there.
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Re: C530 & C730 CPU Cooler Upgrade

2019-12-21, 11:41 AM

Yeah, you need to remove the stock backplate from the motherboard. Mine was attached with 2-sided tape to the metal socket backplate and required a bit of prying to remove. 

 

Considering the case fan upgrade - I'm not sure it's worth it. The mb/bios does not allow for PWM control and the speeds on the noctua fans I've put it is below 300 rpm. They barely move any air at all. I've found 2 ways to get around this:

 

1. After the PC boots I unplug the 4 pin cables and plug them back after a second and they they appear to ramp up with CPU load to approk 1k rpm

 

2. Again, after the boot I unplug the 4 pin cable and use the 3 pin to connect the fan - this way they they work at full speed.

 

The caveat with 1 is that you have to open the case every time, the caveat with 2 is that you have to plug back to 4 pin as the PC will not boot without PWM signal from the fan.

 

The case has poor airflow as-is and the GPU (2080) thermally throttles even with fans at full speed. With that in mind I'm now running with an open side panel and can, at least, get the performance I paid for. Running with the case open nullifies any benefit from replacing the case fans.

 

Considering RAM - I've added an another 16Gb stick of the same make/model. Keep in mind that the board does not support XMP so go by SPD timings only. 

 

Replacing the CPU heatsink/fan is really a must as my 9700k would throttle. Additionally, with benchmark loads I would get VRM throttling and with the L12S blowing down I do not have this issue anymore.

 

 

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