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Best CPU Cooler?

post #1 of 19
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Hey guys

I'm after the best CPU air cooler, or something that stands out above the rest for cooling! Just don't know which one to choose, this is for socket 1155 2500k CPU!

Here are my choices

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=207_23_845
    
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4790K Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming GT 2x Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 Gaming G.Skill F3-14900CL9Q 16GB 
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1TB Samsung 840 EVO 500GB Samsung 840 EVO 120GB Samsung 830 EVO NZXT Kraken X61 
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Crossover 2795QHD Tesoro Durandel Ultimate Silverstone 1200W Strider Evolution Gold Phanteks Enthoo Primo Ultimate 
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Roccat Kone XTD 
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4790K Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming GT 2x Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 Gaming G.Skill F3-14900CL9Q 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
1TB Samsung 840 EVO 500GB Samsung 840 EVO 120GB Samsung 830 EVO NZXT Kraken X61 
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Crossover 2795QHD Tesoro Durandel Ultimate Silverstone 1200W Strider Evolution Gold Phanteks Enthoo Primo Ultimate 
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Roccat Kone XTD 
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post #2 of 19
Noctua NH-D14 and Thermalright Silver Arrow are my two tips, out of the ones specified.
 
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Intel Core i5 2500K ASRock P67 Extreme4 ASUS GTX 670 DCII Kingston HyperX Fury 
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Seagate 600 Samsung Spinpoint F4 Seagate Barracuda Green Seagate Desktop 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Seagate Expansion Desktop Maxtor Basics Seagate Backup Plus Portable 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung SE-208AB Thermalright Archon (Rev. A) 2x Phanteks PH-F140HP_BL (CPU) 2x Noctua NF-A14 PWM (Intake) 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Thermalright TY-150 (Exhaust) Noctua NF-S12A PWM (Exhaust) Windows 10 Pro DELL UltraSharp U2711 
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QPAD MK-80 Pro SeaSonic X-560 Lian Li PC-P50WB Func MS-3 R2 
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SteelSeries QcK Creative Sound Blaster Z Swans M10 Creative Aurvana Live! 
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Lian Li LED50 
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Intel Pentium G3258 ASUS H81I-PLUS Intel HD Graphics ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II 
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Corsair Vengeance LP OCZ Vector Scythe Big Shuriken 2 rev. B Windows 10 Pro N 
MonitorMonitorPowerCase
LG PA70G BenQ G2420HDBL Cooler Master B500 ver.2 Cooler Master Elite 130 
MonitorAudioAudioOther
LG PA70G Yamaha HTR-3065 Andersson SRP 2.5 PlayStation 
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Seagate 600 Samsung Spinpoint F4 Seagate Barracuda Green Seagate Desktop 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Seagate Expansion Desktop Maxtor Basics Seagate Backup Plus Portable 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung SE-208AB Thermalright Archon (Rev. A) 2x Phanteks PH-F140HP_BL (CPU) 2x Noctua NF-A14 PWM (Intake) 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Thermalright TY-150 (Exhaust) Noctua NF-S12A PWM (Exhaust) Windows 10 Pro DELL UltraSharp U2711 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
QPAD MK-80 Pro SeaSonic X-560 Lian Li PC-P50WB Func MS-3 R2 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
SteelSeries QcK Creative Sound Blaster Z Swans M10 Creative Aurvana Live! 
Other
Lian Li LED50 
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Intel Pentium G3258 ASUS H81I-PLUS Intel HD Graphics ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II 
RAMHard DriveCoolingOS
Corsair Vengeance LP OCZ Vector Scythe Big Shuriken 2 rev. B Windows 10 Pro N 
MonitorMonitorPowerCase
LG PA70G BenQ G2420HDBL Cooler Master B500 ver.2 Cooler Master Elite 130 
MonitorAudioAudioOther
LG PA70G Yamaha HTR-3065 Andersson SRP 2.5 PlayStation 
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post #3 of 19
yup, the silver arrow or the d14, if you dont care much about noise and spending a few $ more you could also think about buying the antec 920/Corsair H80/100
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i5 3570k @4,6GHz ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe Sapphire 7870XT @1,2GHz 16GB DDR3 
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Crucial Noctua U14S & Prolimatech MK26 (+1x Noctua A15) Antec HCP 1300 Lian Li X1000 
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i5 3570k @4,6GHz ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe Sapphire 7870XT @1,2GHz 16GB DDR3 
Hard DriveCoolingPowerCase
Crucial Noctua U14S & Prolimatech MK26 (+1x Noctua A15) Antec HCP 1300 Lian Li X1000 
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post #4 of 19
Not trying to be rude or anything but there are at least like 20 threads with the same, what is the best cooler. If you look at reviews or do a quick google search, you can get your answer in a few minutes. Anyways, with that out of the way, the D14 and Silver Arrow or even the new Phanteks (comes in different colours) are all in a couple of degrees of each other. So just get the cheapest one out of the three.
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2500K @ 4.8 1.370v Asus P8P67 PRO 3.1 Sapphire 6870 8GB Mushkin 1600mhz cas 9 
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WD Black 500GB 7200RPM Noctua NH-D14 Win7 x64 SP1 Asus VE247 LED 
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Corsair TX650 NZXT Phantom White 
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2500K @ 4.8 1.370v Asus P8P67 PRO 3.1 Sapphire 6870 8GB Mushkin 1600mhz cas 9 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
WD Black 500GB 7200RPM Noctua NH-D14 Win7 x64 SP1 Asus VE247 LED 
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Corsair TX650 NZXT Phantom White 
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post #5 of 19
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus is the best you can get!!
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Samsung F3 250GB LG GH22NS50 Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Sharkoon Silent Eagle 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung F3 250GB LG GH22NS50 Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Sharkoon Silent Eagle 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 Professional Dell Ultrasharp 2405FPW Logitech K260 Corsair CX430 
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Antec Three Hundred Logitech K260 Onboard 
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post #6 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by jackblack644 View Post

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus is the best you can get!!

yeah right rolleyes.gif
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k @4,6GHz ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe Sapphire 7870XT @1,2GHz 16GB DDR3 
Hard DriveCoolingPowerCase
Crucial Noctua U14S & Prolimatech MK26 (+1x Noctua A15) Antec HCP 1300 Lian Li X1000 
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My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k @4,6GHz ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe Sapphire 7870XT @1,2GHz 16GB DDR3 
Hard DriveCoolingPowerCase
Crucial Noctua U14S & Prolimatech MK26 (+1x Noctua A15) Antec HCP 1300 Lian Li X1000 
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post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by MetalMax707 View Post

Not trying to be rude or anything but there are at least like 20 threads with the same, what is the best cooler. If you look at reviews or do a quick google search, you can get your answer in a few minutes. Anyways, with that out of the way, the D14 and Silver Arrow or even the new Phanteks (comes in different colours) are all in a couple of degrees of each other. So just get the cheapest one out of the three.

Pleas guys refer to this post because it does get annoying seeing 10 threads a fortnight asking the same thing. "Research"
post #8 of 19
What do you mean 'yeah right'? I'd like to see a better heatsink for £20. Exactly....
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Intel Celeron E3400 Gigabyte G41MT-S2P Nvidia GeForce GT640 Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) 1066Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung F3 250GB LG GH22NS50 Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Sharkoon Silent Eagle 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 Professional Dell Ultrasharp 2405FPW Logitech K260 Corsair CX430 
CaseMouseAudio
Antec Three Hundred Logitech K260 Onboard 
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Intel Celeron E3400 Gigabyte G41MT-S2P Nvidia GeForce GT640 Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) 1066Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung F3 250GB LG GH22NS50 Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Sharkoon Silent Eagle 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 Professional Dell Ultrasharp 2405FPW Logitech K260 Corsair CX430 
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post #9 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by jackblack644 View Post

What do you mean 'yeah right'? I'd like to see a better heatsink for £20. Exactly....

When someone's asking for "The best" and gives a list of coolers within their price range, then the best is chosen from that list. The Hyper 212+, while a fantastic cooler for the money, is nowhere near the Noctua NH-D14 or the Thermalright Silver Arrow, period. They are the best air coolers right now, top of the line, no questions asked and within just a degree or two of eachother, depending on voltage levels.

We all agree that the Hyper 212+ is a great bang for buck cooler, but with that list, it's at the bottom compared to the two top dogs.
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Intel Core i7 950 @ 4GHz ASUS Sabertooth X58 MSI R6870 HAWK Edition G.SKILL Sniper 12GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 
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OCZ Vertex 2 60GB Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB Noctua NH-D14 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Professional ViewSonic VX2453 Logitech G15 Corsair HX750 
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Corsair Graphite 600T SE Logitech G500 Razer Vespula Onboard 
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Noctua NF-P12 Thermalright TY-140 Cooler Master MegaFlow 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB Noctua NH-D14 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Professional ViewSonic VX2453 Logitech G15 Corsair HX750 
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post #10 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by jackblack644 View Post

What do you mean 'yeah right'? I'd like to see a better heatsink for £20. Exactly....

TS asked about THE best, not for a good cooler that is relatively cheap....

And there are several coolers at this price range with similar performance..

212 + ....25€
212 Evo ...28€

Thermalright True Spirit .... 23€
Xigmatek Gaia ... 22€
Enermax T40 ... 27€
Gelid Tranquillo .... 24€
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k @4,6GHz ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe Sapphire 7870XT @1,2GHz 16GB DDR3 
Hard DriveCoolingPowerCase
Crucial Noctua U14S & Prolimatech MK26 (+1x Noctua A15) Antec HCP 1300 Lian Li X1000 
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My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k @4,6GHz ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe Sapphire 7870XT @1,2GHz 16GB DDR3 
Hard DriveCoolingPowerCase
Crucial Noctua U14S & Prolimatech MK26 (+1x Noctua A15) Antec HCP 1300 Lian Li X1000 
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