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Kraken x60/ Noctua NH-d14/ Custom kit from XSPC

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I seem to be in a rut, I need a better cooler that is the bottom line.. Part of me doesn't want to take a risk on leaking water onto my brand new parts, the other part wants to water cool for temp reasons..

I was hoping someone could shed some light on the subject, I can get a x60 for 107$USD Or the D14 for 80USD Or something like the XSPC RX360 for 200-275USD

Computer specs..

PSU Corsair 1200axi d link is not hooked up..

Mobo Sniper 5

Ram G.skill Sniper series

SSD 840 pro

HDD 640gb WD

i74770k with stock intel cooler.. idle is 35-40c gaming is 50c-60c

Case NZXT Switch 810

I lean just a tad in in the D14 favor only because a) no leaks b) don't have to worry about draining/tubing c) air is care free other then dust..


I thought since my case can fit a triple 140mm rad in the roof. That maybe I should get something like the RX240 kit for the cpu now and buy a 420mm rad for the roof later..

Thanks for any help in advance!
Edited by Venom95 - 8/13/13 at 11:15am
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I can vouch for the kraken ^^ That said I never compared all the other alterbatives biggrin.gif
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Do you guys think I will be fine running the stock cooler as long as I don't over clock? Another words, I could get a 780 now, and a kraken, or just a 780 and save some cash then buy a custom loop later..
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Do you guys think I will be fine running the stock cooler as long as I don't over clock? Another words, I could get a 780 now, and a kraken, or just a 780 and save some cash then buy a custom loop later..

If you are really interested in doing a custom loop at some point, you are definitely better off waiting until you have the money for at least the start of the loop. An X60 or NH-D14 are a wasted investment if that is your ultimate goal.

The temps of 50-60 are safe, obviously, but I am sure the stock cooler gets noisy while gaming. You could do something inexpensive to hold you over like a CM Hyper 212 EVO or NZXT T40. That will give you better performance while you save for the loop, and isn't a killer as far as investment.
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I don't really mind spending 80-110 for a cooler for the next year or maybe two.. The stock cooler isn't loud, it's my NZXT 140mm case fans that are loud lol... Also, noise is not an issue, I sit next to a window AC unit all day at my computer... So no matter what I do, I will have noise problems..
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