Originally Posted by kryonas
I am looking for the absolute best possible fan to purchase for under $60 for my i7 2600k. I've been looking at a number of different sites such as frostytech.com but I've heard that their data/reviews can be somewhat inaccurate and I figured this would be the best place to turn to. I'm looking to overclock and am using a cooler master cm storm scout case and an evga z68 sli mobo. Thanks!
Objective testing performed properly will produce accurate data. There is good, accurate data available online. Subjective opinions and fanboism however can be very inaccurate so take it all with a large grain of salt. Objective data does not lie and that's why it is used in engineering and scientific fields.As independent testing has shown, compared to a quality HSF a Closed Loop Cooler is
1. Thermally inefficient
2. A poor value
4. A real liability risk for water leaks and hardware damage
5. When it leaks you can lose data, be without your PC for weeks shipping hardware back and forth and then you still need to rebuild your PC - without any guarantee you won't experience another water leak and more damage.
For most PC enthusiast a Closed Loop Cooler is NOT the best choice if you have room for a highend HSF - which never leaks nor damages PC hardware. CLCs have a very real water leak liability and no upside for most PC enthusiasts
At the moment, the best HSF that I know of for under $60 is the Xigmatek Aegir SD128264 @ $56. It's one of the very best HSFs available, it is quiet, it has an option for a second fan that typically drops load temps 5-6C and is a good choice for any CPU.
Search Newegg for Aegir as they are having some technical issue with page addresses at the moment when I write this.
Even at 345w thermal load the Aegir with a second fan can equal a H100 without any chance of water-leak damage.
As always I recommend that people educate themselves on the Pros and Cons of CPU cooling and then Buy What Makes You Happy
.Edited by AMD4ME - 4/29/12 at 12:55pm