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FM2+ Water Cooling (AIO)

Does anyone have any good recommendations for some FM2+ Water Coolers?

I have a buddy I built a PC for that's looking to get some water cooling on his Athlon X4 860k. I'm fully aware it's nothing too fancy, but he's got a smaller case (all I had at the time) and has to play open case sometimes to help with the heat. Back when I had my A10-7700k I had a hell of a time finding a AIO cooler that came with a back plate, or that was compatible with a FM2+ Socket (they're a little out of date, obviously) and ended up finding one (Arctic Liquid Cooler 240) and had to do some outside mounting and drilling to get the AIO from the outside in.

I actually ended up just cutting the Intel bracket down into 4 little pieces and using that, as I couldn't get a back plate to save my life.

Eventually this will be my girls PC until I upgrade her, as I upgrade, so I'd like to make it nice and stable for when it comes into her hands until I upgrade her to Intel.

Looking down the road of a 120m rad, as it's a small case and I'd like to keep it all inside for him if possible so he can close up the case.

Thanks in advance!
Cheers.
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    First and foremost, you're going to need to detail your full system's specs(for the FM2+ build at least) since you've already found out the hard way that the backplate (or lack thereof) is the primary issue when it comes to AIO installation or pretty much any aftermarket cooler. I've had a touch time finding a compatible aftermarket cooler which wouldn't conflict with my ram slots on my ASRock A85X-itx board.

    If you're looking at an AIO off the bat without having to modify the mounting brackets of the board, then you can look into Corsair's AIO like the H80 or the H100. They only require to use a screw/clip method to clamp down on the existing FM2+ bracket on a board.

    Oh right, there is also the question of how much surface area you have at your disposal to mount the AIO since they come anywhere from 80mm all the way to 360mm.
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    First and foremost, you're going to need to detail your full system's specs(for the FM2+ build at least) since you've already found out the hard way that the backplate (or lack thereof) is the primary issue when it comes to AIO installation or pretty much any aftermarket cooler. I've had a touch time finding a compatible aftermarket cooler which wouldn't conflict with my ram slots on my ASRock A85X-itx board.

    If you're looking at an AIO off the bat without having to modify the mounting brackets of the board, then you can look into Corsair's AIO like the H80 or the H100. They only require to use a screw/clip method to clamp down on the existing FM2+ bracket on a board.

    Oh right, there is also the question of how much surface area you have at your disposal to mount the AIO since they come anywhere from 80mm all the way to 360mm.


    I had a 240mm running on it, and it's a mini-itx in a Xigmatek Nebula case, I just used a bracket, and drilled through the back of the case so I could fit the AIO on the outside, and have it run in, he doesn't need much for cooling so a 80-120mm would suffice just fine I think. I'll look into some Corsair's and see what I can find. I've been told by everyone that FM2 and FM2+ are compatible, but I kinda beg to differ on that, as I went through 4 (returning and re buying) until I found one that actually fit a FM2+ socket. However that's when I wasn't very informative on computers and altering their insides, and now I'm a little more advanced, so I think I might be able to make it work with a smaller cooler, while keeping it inside the case.

    Appreciate the response :)
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