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Best coolers for an i5 3570k?

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Hey there folks. New here and going through the arduous process of selecting parts for a new gaming rig now that after 5 years me old one's just not cutting it anymore.

One thing that keeps stumping me is which cooler to get for the i5 3570k i'll be getting; sooo many choices and conflicting reviews =/ I can choose everything else based around it, so ram clearances ect. arn't a huge concern, and while i'm not completely settled on it yet, i'll likely be grabbing the coolermaster 922 HAF case or something similar.

Background info:
I've no set goal on the proc. speed other then simply 'as high as I can get the darn thing stable with decent temps'. Not looking for ice cold temps, but nothing excessively high either; want it to have enough performance to meet game specs and the longevity to keep on chugging 3-4+ years on down the road when I build a whole new system again(as opposed to upgrading the GPU every 1-2 years), like my venerable q6600 has.

I always use a set of sennheiser noise canceling headphones when im at my comp, so noise isn't an issue Whatsoever. I actually find the whirring of fans rather soothing as long as it isn't a high pitched whine.

I am more then willing to replace the stock fans that come with a given heatsink if it makes it more effective(there was a certain anandtech cooler review that showed 4 different high end coolers performing roughly the same when the stock fans were all replaced) and to that end am only interested in coolers whose fans can be replaced if need be(which excludes many Zalman coolers, it seems).

I am not interested in custom water loops whatsoever. Closed loops maybe, but still would rather not.

If the heat sink isn't that way already, i'd like to make it into a 2-fan push-pull airflow config if possible.

With that in mind, i'd already been looking at the Phanteks PH-TC14PE, Noctua NH-D14, Silverstone HE01 and the Silver Arrow SB-E, and am looking for suggestions on which is the best stock and with taking fan upgrades into consideration. Any help is greatly appreciated. If anyone could suggest an excellent TIM that's non-conductive and not excessively priced, that'd be great as well. Thanks in advance.
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which is the best stock and with taking fan upgrades into consideration

Stock: HE01 or Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme
With better fans: NH D14 or TC14PE

CLC: Swiftech H220 or Cooler Master Eisberg 240L

TIM: Gelid GC Extreme
Edited by PontiacGTX - 5/11/13 at 11:08am
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I love my Phanteks PH-TC14PE; keeps my 3770k nice and cool. If you get some nice fans for it (the included ones work well, but are loud), then it really shines. Maxed out at 74 degrees under IntelBurnTest small FFT, running at 4.8gHz 1.42V.
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Promilatech PK-1 
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2x Aplhacool NexXxos UT60 360mm full copper rad... 6x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1450 RPM fans 10 meters of 12mm OD nickel plated copper pipe,... 
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I love my Phanteks PH-TC14PE; keeps my 3770k nice and cool. If you get some nice fans for it (the included ones work well, but are loud), then it really shines. Maxed out at 74 degrees under IntelBurnTest small FFT, running at 4.8gHz 1.42V.
for that temps you say you delidded it rolleyes.gif
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Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post

Stock: HE01 or Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme
With better fans: NH D14 or TC14PE

CLC: Swiftech H220 or Cooler Master Eisberg 240L

TIM: Gelid GC Extreme

Gah, the Gelid sold out on Newegg. Anyways, what better fans would work best with the TC14PE?
Not sure if it was due to the fans or the sinks design itself, but one review rated the Phanteks as 2-3 celsius cooler then the Noctua, which for only $5 more is awesome; would that carry over with the fan replacement?
Also, did I essentially already name the 4 best air coolers or is there any others that compare to them?
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Originally Posted by Garzhad View Post

Gah, the Gelid sold out on Newegg. Anyways, what better fans would work best with the TC14PE?
Not sure if it was due to the fans or the sinks design itself, but one review rated the Phanteks as 2-3 celsius cooler then the Noctua, which for only $5 more is awesome; would that carry over with the fan replacement?
Also, did I essentially already name the 4 best air coolers or is there any others that compare to them?

NH D14 is 1c hotter than phanteks... phanteks fans are a bit better than NF P12 AND P14, better fans for TC14PE are Thermalright TY 143

you forgot Zalman cnps12x , titan fenrir siberia, prolimatech genesis,scythe mine 2

check them here
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Personally, for tower coolers I think i'd go for the Noctua NH-U12S. Excellent heatsink, plus it comes with the fan I would recommend to replace other coolers' fans. No need (or much benefit) to add a second NF-F12, as they work best alone, making the U12S pretty much gtg right out of the box. Either that or the U14S if you don't mind the size (though the U14 seems to occasionally have space issues). If considering clc, I'd go with an H90 coupled with a NF-A14PWM or a TY-141.
Edited by Otterclock - 5/11/13 at 1:27pm
    
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NH D14 is 1c hotter than phanteks... phanteks fans are a bit better than NF P12 AND P14, better fans for TC14PE are Thermalright TY 143

you forgot Zalman cnps12x , titan fenrir siberia, prolimatech genesis,scythe mine 2

check them here

Hows the Scythe mine 2 stack up versus a fan-upgraded Phantek? The fenrir and genesis remind me of those odd gimmicky deals, I dunno. I like the look of this one here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709011
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The Phanteks is the best Air cooler, the Fans are only above average though.
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Hows the Scythe mine 2 stack up versus a fan-upgraded Phantek? The fenrir and genesis remind me of those odd gimmicky deals, I dunno. I like the look of this one here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709011

http://www.technic3d.com/review/kuehler/1289-phanteks-ph-tc14pe-cpu-kuehler-im-test/6.htm

mine 2 fan is bad...
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