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Hey guys, I've been running water since my first project. I've recently purchased a Lian Li X2000F that drained basically almost all my funds; it's much more optimized for aircooling rather than for watercooling, and in order to fit a loop in there I should sell and change a lot of stuff. Plus, I've grown bored of my 2x5.25" res and my tubing (pvc white sucks, and 19/13 is too big) so in the end I would have to change... basically EVERYTHING except the D5 and the CPU wb. That's waayy too much money.

So, since I never actually tried high-end air cooling, I decided I might give it a try. Selling my loop will surely net me quite a bit of money. Only tower coolers - a top blower and a LC AIO (like the H100) are out of question.
As far as my knowledge goes, the best ones in the market are the NH-D14, the Silver Arrow, and the Phanteks dontremeberthemodelhurr. Is that correct or am I missing something?
What are, generally, their pros and cons? (well, except for fan color - that sucks on all 3 biggrin.gif I suppose I'll have them painted)
Is a third fan helpful? Or will it be even better to change fans altogether?
Are there other noteworthy models I'm missing out there or soon to be released?
     
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post #2 of 26
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maybe like Silver arrow is a bit better than NH D14 and it is near to H100 performance w/ 3 fans setup(TY 140)

2600k

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but for fan replacement

Scythe Gentle typhoon AP 15
or
XSPC Xinruilian 2000 RPM : Review

P.S you need mounting clip fans for NH D14 you can send them a email for a free kit of mounting clip fans (I did it) biggrin.gif

and closing the gap could be possible w/ better airflow (good fan config) and Antec Formula 7/IC diamond which are the best TIM for 14/19$(4Gr)

Pro(s): Good performance/price,low noise, good mounting kit, good customer service, could keep OCed CPU at its limit on air, Good contact on CPU, can be lapped,they`d sell socket mounting of future sockets,width gaps between fins, fans can be moved up(at least NH D14 can tongue.gif )

Con(s): Memory Clearance(Extremely high memory heatsinked), Video card clearance(ITX, very small mATX mobo), extra weight on Case when you lift it, Huge size, problem with motherboard with high heatsinks or heatpipes or both
Edited by PontiacGTX - 4/10/12 at 10:08am
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You could consider the Havik 140, apparently it performs slightly worse than the Noctua D14, but it doesn't look like 5 day old vomit puke.gif
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Originally Posted by MangosTea View Post

You could consider the Havik 140, apparently it performs slightly worse than the Noctua D14, but it doesn't look like 5 day old vomit

thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

for Single tower heatsink:
Thermalright Venomous X/ X RT
Prolimatech Megahalems/Genesis/Megashadow/Super Mega
Noctua NH C14
TT FRIO OCK
Thermalright Archon
Thermalright True Spirit 140
Thermalright TRUE 120 Black
Scythe Susanoo
Scythe Mugen 3/2 push and pull


all these w/ same or near performance of NH D14 w/ NF P12+P14
Edited by PontiacGTX - 4/10/12 at 10:21am
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post #6 of 26
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I've still got quite a bit of MX2 and MX4 left, that's not a problem. I was also considering the Indigo Xtreme kit, since I rarely unmount my CPU cooler (last time I did was probably... spring/summer 2011).

The airflow in the case is imho extremely good, take a look:

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Why would I buy a small, budget cooler when I'm clearly looking for a massive, expensive one?
     
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The most powerful air cooler would be the Phanteks PH-TC14PE.
http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/phanteks_ph_tc14pe/
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NH-D14 with 5 fans rolleyes.gif
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NH-D14 with 5 fans rolleyes.gif
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Wait, wat?
     
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nzxt havik 140 is one of the top air coolers and is a single tower with two quiet sexy fans.
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