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After reading this thread I decided to wait for ivy bridge instead of upgrading to sandy bridge, and that I'd just buy a cooler and OC my current i3 550 and buy a 2nd gtx 460 768mb and run an SLI setup.

I've read that the H100 has to run at full speed (really loud too) to compare with the D14, my question is, would be replacing the stock fans of the H80/100 allow for on par cooling with the D14 without the noise? Are there any other coolers that I could use to provide good temps if I plan on OCing to 4.2ghz or so?

I'm also changing my chasis from a HAF 922 into a white 600T, and the only reason why I prefer another cooler as to the D14 is purely because of cosmetics (stupid reason, but I like my eye candy haha) I'm under the impression that all I will see in my sidepanel will be the D14 due to its size, unless anyone has a 600T with a D14 and can show me otherwise.

Thanks.
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post #2 of 33
hey there !


My personal opinion is that the H100 is a little overpriced.

It offers performances which are a little better or equal to the Noctua D-nh-d14 but costs more.

The Noctua is really silent, I run the fans on max no problem.

You can sometimes find the noctua for ~60$ and It should be fine for the overclock you're going for.

If you have any specific questions about the cooler, let me know.


The noctua color scheme grows on you biggrin.gif
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post #3 of 33
noctua is so huge dude....make sure ur ram is able to fit under it.

i myself, planning on switching to h80 by corsair removing the 212+ becuz better room in my case...
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Yeah, ram clearance isn't an issue, the only thing stopping me from getting a D14 is because of cosmetics. I'm not sure how it would look like through the window of a 600T. I can get a D14 or an H100 for relatively the same price.
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post #5 of 33
IMO, if you're going to get a H100 for looks, get a Rasa watercooling kit. If not, get the Noctua. At $110 or whatever, the H100 is not worth it imo. The Noctua gets within a couple degrees of it, and it's really quiet.
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if space is a concern, H100 is the top contender. D14 is so UNattractive in your case tho.
    
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post #7 of 33
Well, if you can get a H100 for the same price as the D14, I'd go for the H100.

I hear it is better than or equal to the D14, but looks cleaner since it isn't a hunk of metal sitting on your motherboard.

Make sure the H100 can fit in your 600T, though.
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post #8 of 33
The H100 cools well. The difference in temperature between fans on low, or high, is only a few degrees. It will still cool well on low settings. You could get really good quiet fans like the Gentle typhoons. The downside to getting the H100 and aftermarket fans is the cost. For a bit more you could get a Rasa kit that would crush the H100 and any air cooler.

D14: Cools great, Huge, looks like scrap metal in your case, might not fit.

H80: Cools well, looks good, will fit no problem.

H100: Cools great, looks good, might not fit, expensive.

Rasa kit: Cools the best, looks good, but is the most work to put together and maintain.

If you dont like the looks of the D14, I would look at the H80. It will fit, and look good. If you want better cooling that the H80, you're going to have to choose between the H100 and the Rasa kit.
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post #9 of 33
Silver Arrow is quieter and performs 1-2C better than D14.
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post #10 of 33
Frys has the h100 for 90. Online too I believe

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