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2600k build, looking for the best option between h70 or noctua 14

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Hi fellows i will be finishing my build next week and i'm looking for those who have any experience. What will be the best option for a good overclock for my 2600k.

I narrow it down to noctua 14 or h70/50, any advice will be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 11
I would get a Noctua because, in most cases, it outperforms the H70 by a small margin and it's cheaper. The advantages of the Hx0 is silence, good performance, and low maintenance.
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Another advantage of the Hx0 is that it puts less strain on your mobo since it's not as big and heavy as the NH-D14.
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Speaking from personal usage, I would choose the Corsair H50/70. It does work quite well and works for keeping the temps down even at higher OC's. In conjunction from the previous post, the Corsair unit is smaller, so if space is an issue inside your case, I would definitely go with that (I have a mid-size tower and the H50 fits very easily and well and is not too large, esp since some of those air cooling ones can get quite massive if you don't have a full-size tower or space issues). If you can grab one on sale or for a deal, that's definitely a plus.

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Those are all good points indeed. I never considered the size and weight but they are valid concerns especially since a warped MB can have an adverse effect on the stability of your system down the road.

I'm assuming you have a all or mostly black case so aesthetics perhaps could be taken into consideration as well given that the NH-D14 uses a puke and peanut butter color scheme for it's fans.
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I have a Cooler Master Storm Scout mid tower case, a 2500k and the noctua NH D14.
Best CPU cooler i have ever had even at 5ghz my max temp is 67c.
At 4.7ghz 24/7 max temp is 57c. yes its a big an heavy cooler and you need to ensure it clears your ram but the noisiest thing in my rig is my GTX 570 i can barely hear the noctua.
My case is black inside and out but its tucked away under the desk so i never see inside it so what colour the components are simply doesn't matter.
I would give the noctua a 9 out of 10 but it might not work for you depending how tall your ram sticks are and if you are prepared to put a big heavy cooler in your rig. there are plenty of youtube vids showing the noctua being fitted and used maybe they could help you decide.
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Get the Noctua, if you have the space... If you want watercooling, then buy real watercooling.
    
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post #8 of 11
D14 performs better but its too big and ugly to be practical IMO. The Corsair H-series may not be the best performers but their true advantage lies in the packaging. I have Vengeance RAM and most huge air coolers will not fit over them (hence the Hyper 212 which still covers up my 1st DIMM).

For my new build I went with an H60.....
post #9 of 11
I had an H70 on my 920 rig, then an H50 on my 2500k before switching to the Noctua and I can say hands down GET THE NOCTUA!

I originally had the fans set at full speed but found that even with them at a mid range RPM it is MUCH cooler than my h50 with two AP-14's.

While the AP-14s are virtually silent, when used in push pull on the H50, I found that I got some sort of buffeting noise or something where the noise wasnt coming from the fan itself but from air pasing through the rad.

The Noctua is a beast, build quality is amaizng and installation was a breeze.

Don't get me wrong the H series are ok, but fro the same money grab the Noctua

Edit: Also the stock fans are loud and kinda crappy, so you have to factor in the cost of new fans....
Edited by tats - 6/14/11 at 7:29am
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I had an H70 on my 920 rig, then an H50 on my 2500k before switching to the Noctua and I can say hands down GET THE NOCTUA!

I originally had the fans set at full speed but found that even with them at a mid range RPM it is MUCH cooler than my h50 with two AP-14's.

While the AP-14s are virtually silent, when used in push pull on the H50, I found that I got some sort of buffeting noise or something where the noise wasnt coming from the fan itself but from air pasing through the rad.

The Noctua is a beast, build quality is amaizng and installation was a breeze.

Don't get me wrong the H series are ok, but fro the same money grab the Noctua

Edit: Also the stock fans are loud and kinda crappy, so you have to factor in the cost of new fans....
Do you mean the fans of the noctua, if that's the case that nd14 can really kill my wallet, i mean that thing is already 90 bucks.
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