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Hi, my first post here after being a lurker for a while and then registering but not posting anything smile.gif and just looking for some opinions and thoughts.

I recently built a new rig, should be in signature, and I'm currently running on the stock AMD cooler and its pretty noisy, its doing an adequate job of keeping my CPU cool at the moment but I think I can get more of my FX8320. I've been reading lots of reviews of different coolers and this has left me slightly confused at the conflicting results.

Been looking at either an Antec H20 620, a Corsair H60 or a Noctua NH-D14, been leaning towards the Noctua but I have a few concerns at having a hefty piece of metal hanging from my motherboard. Are these concerns valid or am I just being paranoid?

I've budgeted ~£90 to spend on a cooler, and I know the H100i comes in around that price but I have concerns about its reliability and the value for money of it.

Any input would be greatly welcomed.
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post #2 of 17
Hey ya,

Well your concerns on the reliability and value for money on the corsair H100 are unfounded, you'll be fine with that. As for the NH-D14 which performs just as good as the H100 and it's weight on the motherboard, I had the same concerns however these again aren't warranted and I've never see anyone have an issue with that at all.

However, if you're about to blow the best part of £100 on a cooler, have a look at http://specialtech.co.uk/spshop/customer/XSPC-Raystorm-750-RS240-WaterCooling-Kit--750-RS-Series-Kit-pid-16427.html

That will obliterate all 3 of the coolers you linked.

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post #3 of 17
My friend uses a noctua d14, it's an awesome cooler it is very quiet, provides excellent cooling performance and allows lots of room for overclocking! Don't worry about it hanging from your motherboard haha it has a very good mounting system don't you worry.
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post #4 of 17
Noctua NH-D14 is one of the best coolers on market. No worry on the cpu breaking off of anything , had mine in car and travel to buddys house 20+ times 40 miles away and 5 miles is bumpy dirty road,

the cooler comps linked is 149.99 it is alot better, need to change water ~ every 2 years more often if you like it. do a leak test, with out anything installed.
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post #5 of 17
Well,

You don't have to change the water at all to be completely honest, as long as you put in the PTnuke it should be fine, just don't go drinking it.

The tubing that comes with that kit is pretty crap though tbh, you might want to consider getting 5ft of primochill tubing. Less misting and no micro-fractures.

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post #6 of 17
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Thanks for the input guys, I was already heavily leaning towards the NH-D14 so I think that is the route I will be taking. One last thing I'm concerned about is airflow, at the moment I am only using the fans included with the Phantom 410, a 120 in the lower front, a 120 back exhaust and the 140 in the roof.

To get adequate air to the Noctua would I need more intakes? I was also considering getting an adapter for the 3 x 5.25 bays to mount a 120mm fan there to feed the Noctua. Or would simply removing the bay covers and opening the door be enough?
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post #7 of 17
I thought the phantom 410 had two 120mm slots in the front.
Just add another 120mm there and you're good to go.
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post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by NiRossoneri View Post

Hi, my first post here after being a lurker for a while and then registering but not posting anything smile.gif and just looking for some opinions and thoughts.

I recently built a new rig, should be in signature, and I'm currently running on the stock AMD cooler and its pretty noisy, its doing an adequate job of keeping my CPU cool at the moment but I think I can get more of my FX8320. I've been reading lots of reviews of different coolers and this has left me slightly confused at the conflicting results.

Been looking at either an Antec H20 620, a Corsair H60 or a Noctua NH-D14, been leaning towards the Noctua but I have a few concerns at having a hefty piece of metal hanging from my motherboard. Are these concerns valid or am I just being paranoid?

I've budgeted ~£90 to spend on a cooler, and I know the H100i comes in around that price but I have concerns about its reliability and the value for money of it.

Any input would be greatly welcomed.
You will be happy with NH-D14. Good cooler. Phanteks PH-TC14PE, Alpenfohn K2, Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E are also just as good or better.

Really the only drawback of NH-D14 is it doesn't come with PWM fans unless you are using a 2011 mount. But neither does TC14PE.. although it does come with a PWM adapter so you can use PWM to control fan speed.
post #9 of 17
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I thought the phantom 410 had two 120mm slots in the front.
Just add another 120mm there and you're good to go.

It does and I am adding another 120 mm there next week when I get the NH-D14, I was just wondering if it would benefit from direct flow from what are empty 5.25 bays.
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You will be happy with NH-D14. Good cooler. Phanteks PH-TC14PE, Alpenfohn K2, Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E are also just as good or better.

Really the only drawback of NH-D14 is it doesn't come with PWM fans unless you are using a 2011 mount. But neither does TC14PE.. although it does come with a PWM adapter so you can use PWM to control fan speed.

I must admit that lack of PWM was a slight concern, however I have just tried an old 80 mm 3 pin fan I had laying around on a motherboard header and the Thermal Radar software didn't seem to have any issues controlling the RPM so I'm hoping it is a similar case from the CPU fan headers.
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post #10 of 17
You should be fine. Can always put PWM fans on if you want to later. Right now Scan has TY-147 fans for £5.87 pre-order. And if you want to go really crazy TY-143 fan for £8.40 pre-order. Both are exceptional fans. Both idle 66rpm and perform same up to 1300rpm. TY-143 will go on up to 2500rpm if you need it to. wink.gif TY-143 is what's used on Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme which runs about 7c cooler than standard Silver Arrow SB-E with 1300rpm fans wink.gif

I've gone all PWM now. I run my case fans on same PWM signal as CPU fans so everything idles at 660rpm and ramps up as needed to keep things cool.

In the process of helping a guy build a new system with 2x front intakes synced to CPU PWM control and bottom intake synced to GPU fans PWM control. System is all TY-147 and TY-143 fans.
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