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post #1 of 33
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Hello everybody, it's been a really long time since I last posted/visited this great forum. I'm building a new rig and I want to get a good-looking, well performing CPU cooler.

I'm not looking for some insane 12 by 12 inch three-fan box-shaped solution like the Phanteks and Noctuas out there, I know they're great and work well and keep your CPU temps very low, but those are big and cumbersome for me. I'm looking for something that looks good, fits with my color scheme (blue/black), and performs well enough.

This is my current rig:

CPU: Intel core i7 3820

Mobo: Asus P9X79 DELUXE

Case: Thermaltake Chaser Mk I

HDD: Seagate 1TB Barracuda 7200 RPM

GPU: ASUS Radeon HD 7950 3GB

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws-X 2x8GB DDR3 1600MHZ

PSU: Corsair GS 800W

I've been looking around and found a few candidates that fit these categories:

Zalman CNPS12X

Thermaltake SpinQ

SpinQ VT

Now basically the Zalman looks like it would outperform the other two, but the SpinQ seems to have an effective design, albeit very few heatpipes supporting it and the fact that the Zalman is direct contact (is that any good at all?).

I'd like your recommendations and a little bit of help concerning the overall rig if that isn't against the forum rules. Besides that, I'd like to know whether you know of any effective, cool looking CPU air coolers.
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post #2 of 33
Any reason why you would not just put an H80 in there?
post #3 of 33
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Originally Posted by OutaTheLoneWolf View Post

Any reason why you would not just put an H80 in there?

I don't know how to take care of liquid cooling systems and what's better or worse about them.
I'd rather go with air cooling to be safe, and as a very minor plus, air cooling looks better.
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post #4 of 33
I know this is in the air cooling forum but the way the H80 works all you need to do is install it, there is no maintenance because it is a closed system, you could get some really cool fans on the rad.

I also believe that the h80 is about in the $100 so its up those fans you where looking at.

you might want to look at it because it preforms with or better than air cooled cpu's.

and water-cooling is the shiznett, especially if you plan on overclocking, and it looks cool to.
post #5 of 33
Get an h100, it's a CLC loop (Close liquid cooling loop) Which means there is no maintenance and no worry about user error causing leaks or things like that. Only thing you could really do is not seat the cooler properly and that is a pretty easy fix. It's as easy as install, set it to performance mode (the 3rd led light) and let that thing run.

I have one on my 2700k and it keeps temps great, currently over-clocked at 4.8ghz under actual game load I almost never break 60C unless it's very hot outside. My idle temps are high 20's low 30's. It's a great solution for someone who wants to get decent WC performance without any hassle of setting up a loop/maintenance. It's a great little cooler!

Oh yeah I have 4 cougar vortex fans on mine in a push/pull, it comes with stock 2 fans but I highly recommend sticking some nicer ones on it! biggrin.gif
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Western Digital 1TB HDD 7200RPM Caviar Black M4 Crucial 128GB SSD(boot Drive) LG Blue Ray Player Corsair H100 with 4 Cougar vortex fans push/pull 
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Western Digital 1TB HDD 7200RPM Caviar Black M4 Crucial 128GB SSD(boot Drive) LG Blue Ray Player Corsair H100 with 4 Cougar vortex fans push/pull 
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Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Asus VG278H 3D 120HZ monitor + VG248QE 144 HZ CM QuickFirePro(Cherry Brown) and CMquickFire R... OCZ 1000W Full Modular 80+Gold 
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Cooler Master HAF X 942 Cooler Master Recon PureTrak Talent + SteelSeries QCK Heavy Logitech Z623 
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post #6 of 33
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Originally Posted by OutaTheLoneWolf View Post

...water-cooling is the shiznett...

Please, I don't need advertisements, I'm just looking for a simple air cooler, thank you very much. I don't get why you visit this forum if you plan on just telling people to get water coolers when they need help?
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post #7 of 33
If you're dead-set on getting an air cooler over a closed loop liquid cooler like an h100, h80, h60 whatever then get a noctua DH-14 or EVO Hyper 212. But I honestly recommend going with an h100 because for one, you won't have a monstrosity hanging on your motherboard putting unnecessary strain on it, taking up a TON of room and and two it looks cleaner and gives better performance for most people going with a CLC loop. Not to mention if you have high heat-sink ram you will run into a lot of headaches with some air coolers like the ones I just mentioned.
Edited by immakulate - 9/11/12 at 1:04pm
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 1TB HDD 7200RPM Caviar Black M4 Crucial 128GB SSD(boot Drive) LG Blue Ray Player Corsair H100 with 4 Cougar vortex fans push/pull 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Asus VG278H 3D 120HZ monitor + VG248QE 144 HZ CM QuickFirePro(Cherry Brown) and CMquickFire R... OCZ 1000W Full Modular 80+Gold 
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Cooler Master HAF X 942 Cooler Master Recon PureTrak Talent + SteelSeries QCK Heavy Logitech Z623 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 1TB HDD 7200RPM Caviar Black M4 Crucial 128GB SSD(boot Drive) LG Blue Ray Player Corsair H100 with 4 Cougar vortex fans push/pull 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Asus VG278H 3D 120HZ monitor + VG248QE 144 HZ CM QuickFirePro(Cherry Brown) and CMquickFire R... OCZ 1000W Full Modular 80+Gold 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master HAF X 942 Cooler Master Recon PureTrak Talent + SteelSeries QCK Heavy Logitech Z623 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 1TB HDD 7200RPM Caviar Black M4 Crucial 128GB SSD(boot Drive) LG Blue Ray Player Corsair H100 with 4 Cougar vortex fans push/pull 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Asus VG278H 3D 120HZ monitor + VG248QE 144 HZ CM QuickFirePro(Cherry Brown) and CMquickFire R... OCZ 1000W Full Modular 80+Gold 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master HAF X 942 Cooler Master Recon PureTrak Talent + SteelSeries QCK Heavy Logitech Z623 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital 1TB HDD 7200RPM Caviar Black M4 Crucial 128GB SSD(boot Drive) LG Blue Ray Player Corsair H100 with 4 Cougar vortex fans push/pull 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Asus VG278H 3D 120HZ monitor + VG248QE 144 HZ CM QuickFirePro(Cherry Brown) and CMquickFire R... OCZ 1000W Full Modular 80+Gold 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master HAF X 942 Cooler Master Recon PureTrak Talent + SteelSeries QCK Heavy Logitech Z623 
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post #9 of 33
It was just around your range and thought if your going for low temps then it would be better to do it now then trash a $90 air cooler later.

The Zalman looks really good out of the 3 of them for the airflow, it would draw away a lot of heat

have you looked at Cooler Master any? One of the best ones I've used
post #10 of 33
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Originally Posted by immakulate View Post

get a noctua DH-14 or EVO Hyper 212. But they're big.
Quote:
Originally Posted by PsychoGenetiX 
I'm not looking for some insane 12 by 12 inch three-fan box-shaped solution like the Phanteks and Noctuas out there, I know they're great and work well and keep your CPU temps very low, but those are big and cumbersome for me.

So uh... About those coolers you mentioned. This thread isn't for those. Thanks for noticing they're big though.

I am grateful that you searched up a video and embedded it here, man. You're awesome for that, but I'm too worried about leakage ruining my stuff and noise coming from the pumps in the liquid cooler to get one of those.
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