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Help me pick my Heat Sink - D14, Havik, HE01, etc.

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** Up-to-date edits near the bottom of the opening post **

I've recently been wanting to increase the efficiency of my cooling setup (both my case fans and heatsink) in my computer. Here's my build:

Corsair Carbide 400R
Maximus IV GENE-Z/GEN3
Intel i5 2500k
Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600, 2x8gb
Zalman CNPS9500A CPU Cooler (Planning on upgrading to Noctua NH U12P SE2)
EGVA GeForce GTX 560Ti (Planning on upgrading to Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon HD 7950)
Patriot Pyro SE 120gb SSD
Western Digital 1TB HDD
Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus 700W (Planning on upgrading to SeaSonic G Series 550w)

Starting with my heat sink, as of right now I'm leaning towards the Noctua NH U12P SE2. It seems small enough to easily fit in my 400R, quiet, and efficient. I'd love other suggestions, though. I'm willing to spend roughly $80 on a heat sink, but will go higher if the performance/price increases drastically. Also, I'm not a big fan of the Noctua color scheme (which would be the only lighter thing in my blue and black computer) so am still open to other options.

As for my case fans, I currently have some crappy Cooler Master Blue LED fans that I picked up for their low price back when I built my computer. I'd like to upgrade these to something better too, mainly because I want something more quiet. I saw the 120mm and 140mm fan round-up thread on this forum but would still need further guidance in narrowing down what to get. Something on the cheaper side is preferable, and I'd like to stick with blue LEDs.

The Corsair Carbide 400R has 9 spots for either 120mm or 140mm fans, I believe. There are two columns of two fans in the front, two on the side panel, two on the top panel, and one on the back of the case. Currently I'm not quite sure how I should organize the airflow of my fans (as in which should be intake and which for exhaust). Any insight in fan organization would be greatly appreciated. And also, I'm not sure whether to get 120 or 140mm fans. I would assume 140's are more efficient and probably worth it, but I'm not quite sure (currently I have about half of each size).

Thanks.

EDITS: After getting some feedback on this thread and one other I had previously, I've narrowed down the type of cooling system I'd like to get. I've decided against an H80i (100i is too large for my case) as many say its stock fans need replacing in order to be quiet. I don't want to spend that much money on fans as well as the more expensive unit to begin with.

As for the air coolers, I'm between the NH-D14 and NH-C14 for my top Noctua choice. the D14 is a little large for my case but would fit. As for other coolers, here's the list I've accumulated:

NH-C14
NH-D14
NZXT Havik
Silverstone Heligon HE01 140mm
Thermalright Silver Arrow/True Spirit 120 (or 140)

One reason I haven't completely decided on the D14 is because of how it would look/fit in my case. It would take up almost all the room available, and also look out of place in my blue-black build. It does seem to be the highest quality cooler, though, in terms of both cooling and volume. Are any of the others comparable or better? I definitely want something quiet and powerful, but perhaps smaller. I've heard that the Havik is almost as good as the D14, and probably the best cooler with one spreader. I need some more advice though.
Edited by Andrew A - 3/17/13 at 6:49pm
post #2 of 31
why dont you go for the corsair h60 or h80i for cooling your cpu?

ive got 2 140mm in the front intake and h80i as exhaust at back and currently 2 140s in the top intaking air
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i know that pic shows my top fans as exhausts but i recently changed it around and havnt got a pic of it on my computer
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553012

here are a couple links too the heat sink I use and I have a couple of the fans I linked.

the best fan setup IMO is 2 fans front for intake, 2 fans top for exhaust, 1 fan rear for exhaust, but for top exhaust I use 2 140mm fans.
side fans are not needed IMO.
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Originally Posted by jasepugh1984 View Post

why dont you go for the corsair h60 or h80i for cooling your cpu?

ive got 2 140mm in the front intake and h80i as exhaust at back and currently 2 140s in the top intaking air

I considered going for a H100i but I heard from a few people that getting an all-air cooling system would be more efficient and easier. Now I'm really not sure which is more effective. Does anybody know which would be better, a Corsair H100i or a ~$80-100 air cooling for overclocking my i5 2500k to roughly 4.8Ghz?
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553012

here are a couple links too the heat sink I use and I have a couple of the fans I linked.

the best fan setup IMO is 2 fans front for intake, 2 fans top for exhaust, 1 fan rear for exhaust, but for top exhaust I use 2 140mm fans.
side fans are not needed IMO.

Thanks. Right now I have that same setup with my side fans as intake, as they blow cold air directly onto my GPU that way. I'm still not sure which would be best though.

As for the heatsink I'm still not sure. I just want whatever is most efficient as well as silent.
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here is how my fans are setup, you will notice one blue led fan feeding air too my 2 GTX 580's

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Nice setup. I think I want to do something like that. You have exhaust on the top and back and intake on the sides and front, correct?
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Originally Posted by Andrew A View Post

Nice setup. I think I want to do something like that. You have exhaust on the top and back and intake on the sides and front, correct?

no side intake, I just have the one fan mounted on the hdd rack pointing at the rear of my gpu's.
my case came with a side window with cutouts for 2 fans but it was ugly so I replaced it with
smoked acrylic. so I have 2 120mm front for intake, 2 140mm top for exhaust and 1 120mm rear for exhaust,
and then of course the one inside.
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Crucial MX100 256 gig Crucial M500 120gig WD VelociRaptor 1TB Noctua 
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Originally Posted by jlhawn View Post

no side intake, I just have the one fan mounted on the hdd rack pointing at the rear of my gpu's.
my case came with a side window with cutouts for 2 fans but it was ugly so I replaced it with
smoked acrylic. so I have 2 120mm front for intake, 2 140mm top for exhaust and 1 120mm rear for exhaust,
and then of course the one inside.

Okay, thanks for clarifying. And what types of fans do you have? I'm trying to figure out which type of fans to buy. Looking for something with Blue LEDs and low sound, but any good fan suggestions are awesome.
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