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Just wondering in terms of cooling, what are the 3 best bang for back in these categories:


Budget
3 budget air coolers


Mid range
3 mid range air coolers


High End
3 high end coolers.


High end closed water loop
2 or 3 closed loop coolers.



Thanks, much appreciated. Please post in the above format. Thanks again!! thumb.gif
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Budget
Titan TTC
Tt Slim X3
AC i30


Mid range
Alpenföhn K2
TR Ultra 120 Extreme
H90


High End
H80i
Silver Arrow
NH D14


High end closed water loop
H100i
H110
Kraken X60
H220 (extendible)
CM Eisberg Prestige 240L (extendible)
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Budget

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo <1.5v. Bang per buck. Awesome. Pretty much my THE replacement for stock coolers. I install these even on old/new stock prebuilds after customers complain that their pcs sound like vacuum cleaners in summer, because factory coolers can't keep up. Purchased more than 10 biggrin.gif

Xigmatek Gaia <1.5v. Overall good cooler. "Slightly" louder than the Evo. Purchased 4 tongue.gif

Arctic Freezer A30 <1.5v. I really like this cooler. Bought one, and now it's cooling a 2500k in a customers rig quiet nicely. louder than the previous two, but very effective. Purchased 1 redface.gif


Midrange

Cooler Master V6 GT >1.5v. Beast. Trades blows with a Corsair A70. Purchased 2 redface.gif

Thermaltake Frio >1.5v. Beast. A little too loud for my taste. Trades blows with V6 GT. Purchased 2 redface.gif

Thermaltake Frio OCK >1.5v. This thing is wicked. It's loud, but hands down whoops on the previous two. If I was still in to air coolers, I would buy this one again. This is better than the H60 push/pull, but slightly louder. Purchased 1 redface.gif


High End

Noctua NH-D14 >1.5v. 'Nuff said cool.gif Purchased 4 tongue.gif

Phanteks PH140 >1.5. I would take this over the Noctua for reasons unknown, but that's just me rolleyes.gif Purchased 1 redface.gif

Silverstone Heligon >1.5v. If this came with more fans, it would dominate all air coolers. Purchased 1 redface.gif


High End Closed Water loop

Corsair H80 >1.5v. If you only have a 120mm install option, get this. Someone I know owned one. Did it's job well cooling a 2600k @4.6 with 1.38v. Quieter than air coolers, with load temps that may surprise you. In a good way. Purchased 0 mad.gif

Corsair H90 >1.5v. If you also have a 140mm install option, get this. This is better than the H80 in every way. The same friend who bought the H80, also bought this for his new rig. Cooling a 3770k @4.6Ghz with 1.4v, and after 4hr Prime, temps never exceeded 83C. I guess that's ok with Ivy Bridge. Purchased 0 mad.gif

Corsair H100 >1.5. Really like this cooler. No point buying this new, but a cheap used one is totally worth it. Own six myself. Never failed. No complaints. Fans were manually controlled on all, so never bothered with H100i models. Purchased more than 10 biggrin.gif

Corsair H110 >1.5v. This thing is really good. Own one, it's cooling my main rig's i7 970 @4.8Ghz, and temps in gaming never exceed 65C. Granted I did replace the fans, and setup push/pull, this thing is on Newegg for $114 with promo code, which I think is a deal. Purchased 1 redface.gif

Swiftech H220 >1.5v. While I do not personally own one, I know someone who does, who also let me use it on my rig. Right off the bat I noticed that the pump was slightly louder than my H110. Using the same fans in push/pull configuration I managed to get maybe 2 to 4C difference. This was at the owner's house, so the ambient temp could've been the factor. However, this is a good cooler, but it's also more expensive than the H110 @ $150, and the performance difference doesn't justify this. And I know that it is advertised as "Expandable", but guess what? The H110 has rubber hoses that can be cut, which means that adding/switching to bigger rads won't be an issue, as I'll be making it clear quiet soon cool.gif purchased 0 mad.gif
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Bump, would like some more suggestions. smile.gif
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Budget
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
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Mid range
XIGMATEK Dark Knight II
Thermaltake Frio OCK
NZXT Havik 140

High End
Noctua NH-D14
Phanteks PH-TC14PE
Thermalright Silver Arrow Extreme

High end closed water loop
Swiftech H220
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme
H110

Also, check out this graph:



The stock fan test for the swiftech h220 is messed up but everything else is correct
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Thanks dizZz! +rep

Any other budget ones you can think of except for the 212 evo?

Also where do you reckon the Zalman CNPS10X Extreme Ball Bearing will fall into? the mid range perhaps? or is it not something to consider?
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Honestly the 212 evo is the hands down best budget option. It's the cooler I recommend to everyone on a budget based off of its unbeatable performance to price ratio. There are really no other alternatives that can compete with it in the ~$30 price range so that is what I would go with.
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