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Which CPU Cooler Should I get?

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I've been doing a bunch of research on various CPU coolers and I have pretty much narrowed it down to 2 that I would feel comfortable using in my rig.

1. Zalman CNPS9900 MAX Blue
2. Phanteks PH-TC12DX

I decided on these two coolers because they are quite good value for money, they aren't too big (not a fan of large air coolers), and they go with my build theme (Black/Royal Sapphire(Blue)/White).

I was tempted to pick up an AIO CLC such as the H100i but I don't really feel comfortable buying one at this moment in time, and even if I was to get one it would most likely be the Swiftech H220, however it isn't currently available in the UK.

Anyway if anyone has had any experience with either of the above coolers or if there is one you would recommend over the other, I would appreciate a response.

If you think there is another cooler available that I may have overlooked and is comparable to either of the two coolers in terms of performance AND aesthetics feel free to post it and I'll take a look, but from the extensive research I've done these two seem like my best option, just not sure which one.
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Depending on your case:
£31.82 inc VAT Thermalright True 140 http://www.scan.co.uk/products/thermalright-true-spirit-140mm-bw-fan-with-6x-copper-heat-pipes-for-socket-1366-1155-775-and-am2-am3

£34.82 Inc VAT Thermalright Macho http://www.scan.co.uk/products/thermalright-hr-02-macho-cpu-cooler-with-140mm-silent-fan-for-775-1155-1156-1366-amd-am2-am3
^ within a few degrees on par with NH-D14 with stock fans

£42.82 Inc VAT Thermalright Archon Sb-E http://www.scan.co.uk/products/thermalright-archon-sb-e-rev-b-cpu-cooler-lga1150-1156-775-1366-2011-and-amd-cpu-heatsink-with-one-t
^ swap fan to TY-147

or

£29.62 inc VAT Thermalright Macho 120: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/thermalright-macho-120-inc-120mm-6001300rpm-pwm-fan-(562cfm-max)-for-socket-2011-1366-1156-1155-775-
^ kind of overpriced

£24.98 inc VAT Thermalright True 120 http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-107-TR&groupid=701&catid=2330&subcat=2352

I wouldn't spend close to £50 on a single tower unless it came with a Noctua fan (even then the only single tower Noctua that compete with the above two is U14S).

You could also look into Be Quiet's single tower offerings such as the Dark Rock Advanced C1 and Dark Rock 2 but those are close to 50GBP also.
Edited by AlphaC - 6/20/13 at 5:55pm
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From an aesthetic standpoint i also woudl have to mention the Prolimatech Black Megahalems... It has to be one of the best looking heatsink (plus with the ebst build quality) you can find. It's not exactly cheap though...

Other than that ALphaC listed a lot of good Thermalright coolers, wich are unbeatable in terms of price/performance.

THe Phanteks wouldnt be a bad choice either though
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Thread Starter 
Thank you for the suggestions AlphaC and Elohim.

Whilst I'm sure the coolers you recommended are great price to performance, I'd rather pay a little extra for something that will look much better in my rig, subjective I know, but out of the two I originally mentioned I think I'll go with the Phanteks and run it with a single fan in a pull config, I'm also considering maybe getting the Noctua NH-U12S after hearing your suggestion about the U14s, but as with many others, I'm not a fan of the colour scheme. The only other option that I'm starting to consider is getting a Corsair H100i, although I'm still kinda nervous when it comes to water cooling due to potential damage it may cause to my hardware.

Thanks again
Edited by Mully - 6/23/13 at 2:37pm
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Edited by Elohim - 6/23/13 at 2:51pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k @4,6GHz ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe Sapphire 7870XT @1,2GHz 16GB DDR3 
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Crucial Noctua U14S & Prolimatech MK26 (+1x Noctua A15) Antec HCP 1300 Lian Li X1000 
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Hard DriveCoolingPowerCase
Crucial Noctua U14S & Prolimatech MK26 (+1x Noctua A15) Antec HCP 1300 Lian Li X1000 
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