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[UPDATE]
Ok, so let’s recap:
The Silver Arrow is a great cooler. It perfectly fits WITH clearance when mounted towards the rear exhaust. 1st RAM slot is inaccessible, but the RAM fits with clearance (can’t be taken out). On mounting towards top exhaust, 3 RAM slots are inaccessible, but have lotsa space.
On my setup, 2600K at 4.4GHz, max delta temps are 45*C (65*C at 20*C room temp). With double fans, the sound is negligible; my WDC Caviar Black HDD spins up louder (time for SSD). Max idle delta is 20*C.
I'm satisfied.


My package came with PWM Y splitter and the TIM was CFIII

[SOLVED]
Hey guys, I’ve built my PC about 3 months ago and I want to buy a CPU cooler. I’ve run my 2600K on stock cooler @4.2GHz, albeit it couldn’t stand Prime95 torture tests with acceptable temperatures (<80 C, room temp is ~20 C), so it’s time for an upgrade.

My PC specs:
HAF922 case, all fans at default config
i7 2600K (my target is 4.5GHz+)
2x4GB RAM (low profile, no heatsink)
GPU: Asus 570GTX DCII
PSU:850W Corsair
MB: Asus p8p67 pro
HDD: 2TB WD Black

What CPU cooler would you recommend in the price range below 85 Euros (112$) for stable overclock, at reasonable fan sound (I mostly use 5.1 speakers, not headphones). My PC usually never runs more than 8-12 hours.
I have considered the following:
  • Noctua NH-D14
  • Thermaltake Silver Arrow

From the benchmarks I read, they come pretty close, so it’s an issue of sound mostly. However, both coolers are really huge, and from the FAQ at the Noctua site, I seen that the cooler might collide with my GPU (it is enormous and has a ~0.4cm back-plate). The distance from middle of my CPU to the GPU is 9cm. Does anyone have experience with a similar setup? My RAMS shouldn’t collide with the Noctua cooler.


My main issue is if any of these fans will fit inside the case without coming into contact with my GPU and the cooler’s loudness. Also, got any other suggestions for other good cooler?

Thanks


[UPDATE] I went for the Silver Arrow and will either buy a PWM Y cable or a dedi fan controller, if I can find a solid one for <30Euro
Edited by Martiny - 2/7/12 at 10:47am
post #2 of 56
Most just either raise the front fan over the ram. Sometimes this causes issues with them being raised though. As it makes it hit the side case on some cases. Or just put both the fans in pull on the S.A.

There is another heat sink that comes in multiple colors and has a 5 year warranty on it.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/phanteks-ph-tc14pe.html

You also have the megahalem and a few other choices. But all of them would be well better then a boxed heat sink. What about a h80 or h100 also? Thanks
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I think that Noctua NH-D14 is known for being quiet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5eQE5sWnOU

Should fit
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I would recommend the Corsair H-100 watercooler if you can afford it. The thing is very low profile compared to something like the Noctua or other big air coolers and the H-100 is very easy to install. I was a first time computer builder and I used the H-60 in my rig and it was almost stupid simple for how to install it. smile.gif I had some really decent temps too so I was very pleased with the performance.
 
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Most just either raise the front fan over the ram. Sometimes this causes issues with them being raised though. As it makes it hit the side case on some cases. Or just put both the fans in pull on the S.A.
There is another heat sink that comes in multiple colors and has a 5 year warranty on it.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/phanteks-ph-tc14pe.html
You also have the megahalem and a few other choices. But all of them would be well better then a boxed heat sink. What about a h80 or h100 also? Thanks

The H80/100 is out of my price range (100+ Euro).Ill rather spend the leftover cash on an SSD. As for raising the fans: the RAMs should be OK, but I'm worried about the GPU colliding with the side of the cooler (not the fans)

It's pictured here: nh_d14_clip_insulation.jpg from http://noctua.at/main.php?show=compatibility_gen&products_id=34&lng=en#LGA1155_Asus

I cant move the GPU down a slot, as that one isn't x16.



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Originally Posted by justanewguy View Post

first of all, good choice about getting low profile ram!
but please rethink your mainboard model. i would recommend to get a z68 chipset board, it combines all features of h67 and p67.
you get pci express 3.0 support for upcoming 28nm graphic cards!
additionally try to get a GEN 3 version which supports 22nm and 32nm cpus
oh ja edit, get an archon. its just awesome.

I already built the the PC. This will most likely be PC for the next 3+ years with maybe a GPU upgrade in the future.
Edited by Martiny - 1/29/12 at 12:05pm
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first of all, good choice about getting low profile ram!
but please rethink your mainboard model. i would recommend to get a z68 chipset board, it combines all features of h67 and p67.
you get pci express 3.0 support for upcoming 28nm graphic cards!
additionally try to get a GEN 3 version which supports 22nm and 32nm cpus

oh ja edit, get an archon. its just awesome.
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Prolimatech Genesis/NH C14/Thermalright Archon/Prolimatech Megahalems
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How come u dont just go with a closed loop liquid cooler
i suggest antec h2o 620 bout same performance as h60 and forget about h100 WAY too loud
    
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Silver Arrow. Quiet. Great quality, Amazing temps. Its 70 bucks stateside:) works great! The archon works well to, its a little small than the S/A and right behind it in temps. Silver arrow and D-14 are the king of air coolers. phantek also has a high end dual tower cooler with the same specs as the silver arrow and d-14.
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How come u dont just go with a closed loop liquid cooler
i suggest antec h2o 620 bout same performance as h60 and forget about h100 WAY too loud

because there are much better than the cloosed loop system's. Silver arrow or d-14 for one. and if your going to drop the money on the H100 you should get a rasa rs240 and kill it temp wise. the only reason for a sealed loop like the h2o 620/920 or H50/60/70/80's is if space will not allow a real cooler. there are beter performing air coolers at each price point.
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