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post #1 of 17
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OK, so I'm finally ready to upgrade my stock cooler, thought about going the liquid cooling route, but I'm still not sure. Can you guys suggest a good air cooler for my SigRig setup?

I've got a budget of up to $150 to work with. Thanks for the help!
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post #2 of 17
noctua nh-d14...one of the best air coolers...you need to check if it can fit in your case.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608018
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+1 for the DH14
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post #4 of 17
If you're wanting a cheater water cooler corsair h50's seem popular.

If you want to go air cooling honestly the 30 some dollar Coolermaster direct contact Hyper cooler works GREAT. I've seen 30 dollar heatsinks beat out the 100 dollars ones just with a better fan installed. (stick with 120mm fan with multiple heatpipes and your golden)
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post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by RyanRacer48 View Post
If you're wanting a cheater water cooler corsair h50's seem popular.

If you want to go air cooling honestly the 30 some dollar Coolermaster direct contact Hyper cooler works GREAT. I've seen 30 dollar heatsinks beat out the 100 dollars ones just with a better fan installed. (stick with 120mm fan with multiple heatpipes and your golden)
yeah the hyper 212+ has been doing great things for these chips from what i've seen... thinking about getting one to replace my h50 cause my pump is getting pretty weak, hitting 75C on itb at 4.6
post #6 of 17
My H50 works great, but you can probably find a better deal on something else. If I was in the market for a cooler, I'd probably give one of the RASA kits a shot.
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post #7 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by RyanRacer48 View Post
If you're wanting a cheater water cooler corsair h50's seem popular.
For that matter you can go with the Rasa RS120 WC kit, $130 for a dual rad kit with decent parts that will kick the pants off any air cooler...


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post #8 of 17
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I've thought about the H50 and H70 for cheater water coolers (not quite ready to build a liquid kit just yet, maybe down the line), but I really think I want to stay with air. I think the Hyper 212+ or the noctua nh-d14, I've heard really good things about both. If it was down to those two, which would be the best, in all of your opinions?
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post #9 of 17
Thermalright Silver Arrow is another good option for higher end air-cooling. It comes with good fans so you don't need to replace them.
post #10 of 17
My h70 keeps my 4.5ghz overclock at 69c MAX and around 31c idle im very happy with it. I am using a push-pull fan system on it though.
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