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How can i find out if a CPU cooler will fit into my computer?

I already know that cooler needs to be compatible with the socket. But i just bought an Antec Kuhler 650 and tried installing it, only to find out the fan hits the top of the case before lining up the screw holes of the fan with the holes of the case! Basically its too large, and won't fit.

Any way to know ahead of time?

This is my case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133094
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More about find cpu cooler fit computer
  1. For many cases, they list the max size in the detailed specs.
  2. Try installing the fan on the top exhaust window of the case if it does not fit on the back.
  3. Nikola Aslanov-1338074 said:
    Try installing the fan on the top exhaust window of the case if it does not fit on the back.


    He's talking about the CPU cooler, not a case fan.

    EDIT: oops...I missed the fact that this is a liquid cooler, not a large air cooler.
  4. Nikola Aslanov-1338074 said:
    Try installing the fan on the top exhaust window of the case if it does not fit on the back.


    Yes, I thought of that.. However, the ram slot's levers are in the way when i try to put the fan in, and line up the screw holes.
  5. Best answer
    You can try external mounting like: http://inter.image.ohozaa.com/iv/img00047201003111241.jpg
    Actually there seem to be 2 holes at the back probably designed for water pipes? not sure though.
    Most case manufacturers mostly consider tower air coolers, water cooling is still relatively new. Other than taking a good look on the case layout i do not know another way to check the compatibility.
  6. Nikola Aslanov-1338074 said:
    You can try external mounting like: http://inter.image.ohozaa.com/iv/img00047201003111241.jpg
    Actually there seem to be 2 holes at the back probably designed for water pipes? not sure though.


    That's a good idea. There are two holes in the back, which look like water pipes would fit through them. But then I would have to disconnect the pipers either from the heatsink portion or from the radiator... and water would come out, right? Anyone know?
  7. Actually when I checked the 650 looks again - the idea is not that good, the fan is designed to blow from the inside - out. I do not see how it can be attached correctly outside of the case. :(
  8. If you can afford it - better get a new case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146102&clickid=w5GW6dTMsyLFx8u2ZGXxwUVTUkTWl0xdgzGVx80
    This is inexpensive well built variant, form the looks of the back I'd bet that the kuhler will fit fine.
    Spec say that it supports 140mm fan on the back also - so there is more space than your older case.
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