1 STOCK COOLING
Intel’s stock cooler design hasn’t changed too much since its inception with the early Nehalem processors. Simply open up the locking mounts on each corner, push the cooler down through the holes on the motherboard until it clicks into place, then lock by turning each thread counter-clockwise. We’re sticklers for consistency on this build. A smart way of keeping the cable tidy is to tie a small loop into the header, then plug it into the motherboard’s CPU fan header. It looks far cleaner, and keeps it out of the way of any conflicting fans.
2 INTERNAL COOLING ON A BUDGET
Unfortunately, unlike our competing AMD build, we don’t have the luxury of running triple fans in the front of the rig for maximum airflow. So we’ve opted to go a little old school and instead throw the PSU fan upward. This will draw air from the chassis, use it to cool the PSU, then dump it out the rear of the case. It’s not ideal for liquid-cooled builds, or if you’re running a particularly hot rig, but for our low thermal producing components, it should help keep air flowing at little cost.