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Old January 30, 2011, 01:25 PM
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Default Cutting the top heatpipe of an AC7PRO

I bought the Coolermaster 360 Elite case the other day to decrease the physical footprint of my tower. Problem is, the height of the AC7PRO I'm using to cool my Q6600 is too high for the side cover. If I cut these heatpipes with a metal saw, (which I've never done before) will it affect the performance of the cooler? Will any liquid come out? I've included a picture for reference.
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I bought the Coolermaster 360 Elite case the other day to decrease the physical footprint of my tower. Problem is, the height of the AC7PRO I'm using to cool my Q6600 is too high for the side cover. If I cut these heatpipes with a metal saw, (which I've never done before) will it affect the performance of the cooler? Will any liquid come out? I've included a picture for reference.
i highly sugest you make a video, and keep everest or any temp reporting app open.

and to answer your question, temps will skyrocket, not sure if anything will come out.
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Old January 30, 2011, 01:36 PM
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Do not cut the heatpipes because all the liquid used to wick away the heat from your CPU will evaporate, rendering the cooler useless.
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You can cut it, but just pinch it and solder it back shut. The consequences depend on your proficiency
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Old January 30, 2011, 02:29 PM
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try bending it down flat towards the top fin or remove the top fin and bend it even more ifyou need more clearance
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Old January 30, 2011, 02:53 PM
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Thanks everyone. Can anyone recommend an inexpensive, effective LGA775 cooler? One that does not use a backplate.
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for low profile goodness, scythe should be king, but no backplate?

not easy. is it difficult to take the mobo out?
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You can cut it, but just pinch it and solder it back shut. The consequences depend on your proficiency
The majority of heatpipes rely on a low-pressure environment inside the tubes to faciliate the phase-change process. You puncture them, you instantly ruin them, even if you seal them up again.
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This guy has the right idea. :P
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Old January 31, 2011, 07:36 AM
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My temporary fix to the problem is to use the stock HSF. While it's not as effective to cool it'll fit. Looks like I'm going to have a loud setup for a while... The 750i NB cooler is like a helicopter even at 30%..
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