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post #1 of 65
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Hi there. First time posting on this forum, so I hope that I've put it in the right place.

I've just built myself a new computer with this spec:

AsRock Z77 Extreme4
Core i5-3570k
8 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600
GTX 670

I've built that into a CM Storm Trooper case. Now, I've been told that it would be almost stupid NOT to OC my CPU, but since I'm running with stock cooling at the moment, I figured it would be a waste of effort to do it now.

The thing is that for someone like me, its a jungle out there with air cooling vs closed water cooling. So I would really like to hear your ideas on what sort of cooler I should get?

Also, my RAM modules got heatsinks on them so I dont have a ton of room.

Thanks.
Edited by PF85 - 12/27/12 at 5:20am
post #2 of 65
Hi, welcome to OCN!

I would go for a H100 or H100i with a front fan controller.
Sadly I don't know much about air coolers since I have always been happy with my H100 and never needed to change.
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post #3 of 65
What motherboard do you have? P77 doesn't exist, the closest are P67 or Z77, I'm assuming it's Z77? smile.gif
Most air coolers aren't compatible with that RAM, your best option would be a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo or a closed loop system.
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post #4 of 65
Thread Starter 
Hi there. Thanks for the quick reply! I've had a older older model of Corsairs H series and I were very happy with that. Just a few questions:

Why do you suggest H100 over H80?
And what do you mean when you say a front fan controller?
post #5 of 65
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick reply to you as well.

Its a Z77 yeah, lol. Thanks for noticing biggrin.gif

I just had a look at the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo and I can get that for 48$ here in Denmark. But that should suffice?
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post #8 of 65
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Originally Posted by PF85 View Post

Thanks for the quick reply to you as well.
Its a Z77 yeah, lol. Thanks for noticing biggrin.gif
I just had a look at the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo and I can get that for 48$ here in Denmark. But that should suffice?
You'll be able to get a nice overclock with the Hyper 212 Evo, it's the best price to performance cooler you can get. If you want the best cooling without going full water then the best option is the Corsair H80i smile.gif
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post #9 of 65
Well the H100 just delivers better cooling but it is more expensive so its up to you really.

Normally the H cooling series have build in fan controllers but I don't find them all that good so I got myself a front fan controller. As result I was able to reduce the sound of the fans and still get great cooling.

Fan controller:
http://www.overclock.net/products/nzxt-sentry-mesh-five-channel-fan-controller

Video that compares H80i vs H100i vs Air cooler, do note that he is using high end fans so temps maybe different if you use the ones included with the H series.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8HsjgtMzEg
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Steelseries Qck+ NZXT Fan controller  
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post #10 of 65
There is also the new NZXT Kraken X40 and X60 but you cant use the X60 in a CM Storm Tropper case

Or you could go for a high end air cooler
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