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Hey guys,

Just a few questions/comments about my recent build. First off let me list the components of my build so that you will have a better understanding as to what I am working with:

PSU - Corsair 750W
Mobo - Asus P8Z68/Pro
GPU - nVidia GeForce GTX 260 MaxCore (216)
CPU - Intel i5 2500k (obviously unlocked)
Ram - 16gb Corsair Vengence
Case - Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T
CPU Cooling - Corsair CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Now, let me start off by saying that the H60 has began making noise, similar to that of a hard drive reading and writing. It appears that this is a common problem/issue with these coolers. I have also read that people have been having some problems with their H60 leaking and destroying their components. Now I know that the probability of this happening to my unit is probably not that high, I still don't like the fact that it is a common problem. Not only that, but I just bought the Mobo,CPU,Ram, Case, and Cooler a few days ago. So it's already showing signs of problems only after a few days of use.

So, now to my question. I am thinking about returning the H60 to get a good ole fashioned heatsink and fan - that or a liquid cooling system (reservoir and all) - but before we make the decision - let me tell you this. I typically only use the computer for games and computer programming and networking - none of which are CPU extensive, so high overclocking isn't really necessary.

Right now I am getting around 30C idle temps with around a 21C ambient. I get around 35-45C when gaming. I am using the EPU switch on the mobo to do the overclocking. Going from 3.30GHz to 4.33GHz.

Now to the main question, what should I do Heatsink wise? I am currently using the default push/pull case system that was setup with the case. I am looking to spend anywhere from 50-60 bucks on a good cooling system. Feel free to post anywhere up to $100 systems as I am fairly flexible with the price. I just want to get some good temperatures.

Thanks so much guys!

-eNkrypt
post #2 of 34
D14 or especially the Silver Arrow with awesome pwm fans, quiet and cool.
you cant go wrong with these coolers, but another question, you are using the CML series of Vengeance or the tall useless heatspreader version?
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honestly, when you get into the upper echelon of cpu heatsinks, none are going to seriously outperform the others. I would say find one that fits your case and style. just google top 10 cpu heatsinks and mull it over. I personally have a fenrir titan xmas edition to fit the red/black theme of my cae. My cpu at 4.8 never breaks 75c. GL
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D14 or especially the Silver Arrow with awesome pwm fans, quiet and cool.
you cant go wrong with these coolers, but another question, you are using the CML series of Vengeance or the tall useless heatspreader version?
The unnecessary heat spreader version or CMZ - It's a bit faster than the XMS version and as far as price goes, it was around the same, so I went with the faster version. I will probably end up removing the heat modules because they are bulky, and really only reduce RAM temps by around 1-3C. As for the D14 - I always feel like a heatsink of that magnitude will rip my mobo apart since it is laying vertical - Call me paranoid, but it makes me cringe when all it takes is a slip and bam your mobo is screwed. They are both fairly large - However, I know in order to obtain ideal temps your going to have to have a bulky heatsink. The only issue I would run into is my RAM fins hitting the heat sink. The Silver Arrow is a bit pricey, it's around $110 on amazon. I will await more replies, but judging on the reviews/comments it's a fairly quiet heat sink and does an efficient job. Apparently you can move the outer fan to the opposite side to avoid large RAM fins.
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honestly, when you get into the upper echelon of cpu heatsinks, none are going to seriously outperform the others. I would say find one that fits your case and style. just google top 10 cpu heatsinks and mull it over. I personally have a fenrir titan xmas edition to fit the red/black theme of my cae. My cpu at 4.8 never breaks 75c. GL
I figured as much, and I did do some research and found a "Top 10" list. Just wanted to hear from the community before pursuing my purchase.
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i doubt that there is even a difference of 1°C, these are low voltage rams. its just eye candy and marketing OR if you are an enthusiast running them with 1.8V+ wink.gif

in case of mainboard issues using such a big heatsink, you dont need to worry, thats why there is a massive backplate that stabilizes the heatsink which devides the weight of the cooler.

btw cut your rear grill, its worth it.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1213036/nibbler-club-all-nibblers-welcome

i hope i chose the right words, sorry for bad grammar.
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I figured as much, and I did do some research and found a "Top 10" list. Just wanted to hear from the community before pursuing my purchase.

Mostly anything you are going to hear are fanboys of specific heatsinks or users who simply like what they own. grab one that is aesthetically pleasing and thats that. you are not going to find a special heatsink that drops an additional 10c compared to the rest
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i doubt that there is even a difference of 1°C, these are low voltage rams. its just eye candy and marketing OR if you are an enthusiast running them with 1.8V+ wink.gif
in case of mainboard issues using such a big heatsink, you dont need to worry, thats why there is a massive backplate that stabilizes the heatsink which devides the weight of the cooler.
btw cut your rear grill, its worth it.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1213036/nibbler-club-all-nibblers-welcome
i hope i chose the right words, sorry for bad grammar.

Thanks for the reply, and your grammar is fine wink.gif

I just issued a refund for the Corsair H60 - As far as "Cutting my rear grill" never heard of it. After looking at the post your linked, it doesn't really say much other than the tool and that it's a club :/ no pictures or anything. The only thing I can think of is that you are talking about actually cutting the physical case to optimize airflow. I did a quick, and by quick I mean really quick google search and didn't come up with anything when searching for "Cutting rear grill computer case" haha smile.gif
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Originally Posted by DaXxJaPxX View Post

Mostly anything you are going to hear are fanboys of specific heatsinks or users who simply like what they own. grab one that is aesthetically pleasing and thats that. you are not going to find a special heatsink that drops an additional 10c compared to the rest

What's your take on the Silver Arrow? Worth the money?

Also: Sorry for double post - I assumed the forum had a merge mod installed -_-
post #9 of 34
I went from a h80 to a CPU water cool loop and only noticed a 3* idle change but under load it's awesome hasn't gone above 55*, with that being said on the 600t and seeing your corsair theme IMO the air coolers big and bulky, I'd try to stay with the h series maybe u can RMA it or grab an h80 or h100. Your set up is just like mine and you'd prolly see the same set result unless you live in a hot climate area.

Btw head over to the graphite club and you can see tons of 600t's with numerous air and watercolor set ups. It helped me a bunch asking some of the owners there link in my sig.
Edited by cruelntention - 2/15/12 at 10:34am
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I went from a h80 to a CPU water cool loop and only noticed a 3* idle change but under load it's awesome hasn't gone above 55*, with that being said on the 600t and seeing your corsair theme IMO the air coolers big and bulky, I'd try to stay with the h series maybe u can RMA it or grab an h80 or h100. Your set up is just like mine and you'd prolly see the same set result unless you live in a hot climate area.

Yeah, I thought someone would notice my corsair theme tongue.gif

The only thing that really scares me is I don't want to get an H series cooler and it leak and destroy my brand new rig. I am really contemplating getting the H100 and using the huge grill on top to mount the radiator. But like I said it REALLY scares me to think that my whole computer may possibly get destroyed by a mere leak of a malfunctioning device. As far as I know Corsair will only replace the unit, and nothing that is broken as a result of a faulty device.

I agree 110% that the heat sinks look silly, and that is why I initially purchased the H series coolers.
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