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Hey everyone, got a few questions and was looking for some opinions.

Current PC:
- 2600k
- Noctua D14
- 6950 with reference cooler
- Silverstone FT02

Under load I hit mid 60s under prime at 4-4.5GHz, 70s if I bump it up to 4.9.

Have been thinking about getting the Kuhler 920 or the H100; the thing is, with the FT02 I know the 920 fits fine. I do have questions about the H100 as I'll have to put the radiator at the bottom with the fans.

In my shoes, what would you guys take? Take in mind that if I do sell the D14, I'd have to pay an extra $30 to get the 920 or almost $50 if I were to get the H100. Worth the upgrade? I'm not that concerned about noise as the 6950 is the only thing I hear and I don't find it annoying.

Also looked at the XSC Rasa kits, which are a little awkward to fit inside the FT02 as well.

Thanks!

edit - in regards to $$
- Sell D14 for about $50 or $60
- Kuhler 920 retails for $100 after tax
- H100 around $120 after tax
- XPSC Rasa 750 RX360 $220 after tax (other Rasa kits range from $110 to $160)
Edited by capitalj - 7/30/11 at 2:02pm
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I would just stay on the NH-D14. 70s is a very great load temp for 4.9ghz. Keep in mind the 2600k is a 32nm chip, I really wouldn't go much over 1.4v for 24/7 usage if you intend to keep the computer for a while. Also what's the difference between 4.5ghz and 5ghz? Are you really going to notice a difference?
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post #3 of 13
noctua d14 is a very good air cooler and i dont think it is worth replacing it other than aesthetics or if you really want to push your cpu and go for wc. the $30/$50 that you need to shell out is better spent somewhere else.

i am getting a h100 for low maintenance though
Edited by Nethermir - 7/30/11 at 2:32pm
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Hmmm over at Guru3d Hilbert hit temps of mid 60's @ 4.3Ghz with the stock cooler under Prime Load. Mind you i believe his setup is open test bench so that may help temps a little. But i'm not sure about your temps there, don't seem that good to me. Perhaps try remounting the Heatsink see if temps improve.

If you really wanna change though i'd look into the XSPC Kits, if you can figure out how to mount the rad, as there great kits, also something like an RX240 would be plenty for your CPU the SB chips run colder than the older Nehalem chips. I imagine you could also run your GPU in the loop if you ever want to expand, something you cant do with a H100 or Kuhler 920.
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post #5 of 13
Stick with the Noctua, as the FT02 makes a good air cooler case.

I don't think your temps will change even if you go for the 920 or the H100. If anything you might get higher temps.

If I had cash I might go get a Rasa if only I plan to OC and 24/7 at 5ghz or so.
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post #6 of 13
Stay Noctua. If you want to change it go for Rasa Kit.
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post #7 of 13
Stay Noctua. If you want to change it go for basic wc kit like EK Kit or Rasa Kit.
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I would just stay on the NH-D14. 70s is a very great load temp for 4.9ghz. Keep in mind the 2600k is a 32nm chip, I really wouldn't go much over 1.4v for 24/7 usage if you intend to keep the computer for a while. Also what's the difference between 4.5ghz and 5ghz? Are you really going to notice a difference?
Yeah I only did the OC's just to bench to see how things would be, temp wise. 24/7 I just stick with an easy 4GHz on stock vcore as I didn't have any reason to need the extra speed. I think when I was hitting 4.9, I required 1.35v

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Originally Posted by Matt26LFC View Post
Hmmm over at Guru3d Hilbert hit temps of mid 60's @ 4.3Ghz with the stock cooler under Prime Load. Mind you i believe his setup is open test bench so that may help temps a little. But i'm not sure about your temps there, don't seem that good to me. Perhaps try remounting the Heatsink see if temps improve.

If you really wanna change though i'd look into the XSPC Kits, if you can figure out how to mount the rad, as there great kits, also something like an RX240 would be plenty for your CPU the SB chips run colder than the older Nehalem chips. I imagine you could also run your GPU in the loop if you ever want to expand, something you cant do with a H100 or Kuhler 920.
I've looked at the sandybridge OC results threads and I think mine fall in line with their results. It's also the middle of summer and my room isn't exactly the coldest of places.

Thanks for the help guys, I think I'll just keep my eye out on the XSPC kits.
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post #9 of 13
too much $$ difference for a closed loop man..

you get new fans for your noctua OR a custom WC loop (even moar $$).. otherwise dont worry
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post #10 of 13
You would need at least the H100 to get better cooling and it wouldn't even be much of an improvement. If you're going to upgrade from a D14 it's going to have to be to a real water cooling set up if you wanna see any decent gains in cooling performance.
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