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I did it again. I bought another Dell Outlet PC and I am going to upgrade the CPU and add on a H50 Corsair CPU cooler. This PC is for my mobile work bench, and testing equipment in the garage, so cooling is important. I had some extra space on the side of the rolling cabinet and wanted to keep the top clear for equipment and video. Wait till you see where the H50 went!

Garage Test Stand


Why do this to a Dell? Again…

If you go to the Dell Outlet you can get some great deals. For $200 you can get a basic PC with Windows 7. The cases are nice, the power supplies are clean and they come with DVD drives and software. You could not build your own for that price. Windows 7 alone will cost you $90 OEM!

Dell Outlet Order

Equipment Needed

  • Dell AMD PC $202 (Dell Outlet)
  • H50 Corsair Cooler $54 (Tiger Direct with Bing)
  • AMD Phenom X3 8750 $65 (Newegg with Bing)
  • 3 Ultras (optional as always)

For a total of $321 you can build yourself a nice and clean rig. Well…I have not mentioned that the H50 does NOT fit inside the case. I have a work around for that.


Corsair H50

I have mentioned the H50 before and I will mention it again. This cooler is a great deal for the the price and an easy first liquid cooling package for any PC builder.

Directly from the Corsair website:


  • Pre-filled, closed-loop system is easy to install
  • Copper CPU cooling plate for maximum cooling performance
  • Integrated pump and reservoir is sealed for zero maintenance and improved leakage protection
  • Large 120mm radiator for fast heat dispersion
  • High-efficiency, low-noise 120mm fan for drawing cool air across the radiator
  • Two-year warranty

The Corsair supports the following CPU sockets:

  • LGA775
  • LGA1366
  • LGA1156
  • AM2/AM3

More information can be found at:

H50 High-Performance CPU Cooler

Below is an interior installation I did for my dads PC for Father’s Day back in May!

56 PC Build

Timothy Daleo
Timothy Daleo is a Project Resource Analyst and Oracle Applications Trainer in Pasadena, California. In addition to financial analysis, Tim has been developing training materials since 2003 and supporting direct projects through various auxiliary databases since 2005.


  1. Where did the side mount for your roll-away come from (got a link)?? Does it provide for the high-mount of the monitor (via a VESA mount?)?

    I've not used the H50, but I know that Corsair documents a dual-fan push-pull scenario, so what about pushing the air out through the radiator or swapping the fan and radiator (and adding a fan grille/guard) and doing a pull though exhausting the heat outside the case instead? Does that case have any other fans beside the one in the Power Supply and if so, did you reverse them from intake to exhaust?


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