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So after giving it a long thought I decided to stay aircooled, since watercooling loop would set me back 500€ and its quite a large sum for me, and as I feel the urge to constanty try new video cards,at this time water it aint for me.
And here is the question, what would you go for:

Phanteks PH-TC14PE vs be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2

Or if there are any better alternatives that look great, thats good to.
Both are available in black and thats pretty big for me.
Going to run a delidded 4770K under it as high as I can.

I had a Noctua NH-D14 perviously for 2 years, and I loved it it was great, cooled well, was dead silent plus the mounting system was so easy, but the thing that always bothered me was how it looked with the nasty looking fans,and it was a bit too big, so im not going to buy that again, its great and all probably the greatest but I wanna try something different.
Will be running the fans on low rpm so I can barely hear it.
Case is pretty well cooled with GT AP-15 @ 1000rpm
I quess there aint alot of temp difference between these 2, but I thought I might ask before I hit the order button.
Price is really a non issue between these 2, as its pretty much the same.
Also if anyone has any thought on Lamptron FC5 V2 fan controller, or perhaps a better one im all ears thumb.gif
Reason I am thinking about a fan controller is I am not sure if my asus maximus vi hero onboard fanxpert2 will support regulating the fans, when i use 3pin to 2x3pin fan splitters.
Also please dont reccoment the AIO units, I tried them had 2x swiftech H220 units and both drove me to the edge of insanity, nowhere near silent, decided to sell them and go back to a solid piece of metal i know is quiet and a fan of my choice that i can regulate, the AIO are only as good as their pump, and as of my limited experience the "quietest" unit on the market is beyond unsuable for me.
Edited by outofmyheadyo - 11/15/13 at 6:28pm
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Phanteks is a better heatsink unless Be Quiet's Dark Rock Pro 2 is cheaper. The Dark Rock Pro 2 has reports of mounting issues and the Phanteks is consistently at the top of the charts when reference fans are involved (to compare the heatsinks themselves)

The Phanteks cooler is about the same size as the Noctua NH-D14 (once you account for the top of the heatpipes) but the fans make it taller. The Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 2 is physically bigger taller (166mm height).

Looks-wise, the Phanteks is actually colored while the Be Quiet just has a plate slapped on top.

If you're going for looks you may also want to look at the Coolermaster V8 GTS...
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You can't go wrong with either one. I have the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 and it is the best looking cooler I've ever seen. The quality is amazing, and there is no plate slapped on top....The phanteks cooler performs a bit better but don't know about noise. The dark rock pro 2 is shockingly quiet with its fans.
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I've had the phanteks and DH14 in the past and now recently the DRP2 and much prefer the latter.
Only problem is one that I've purchased for a friend's rig had 1 of the 2 fans DOA and I cant seem to get any help from bequiet or NCIX.
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Thanks for the replies everyone, I have ordered the be quiet! dark rock pro 2 and the lamptron Fc5v2 now thumb.gif
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Make sure you have an extra pair of hand to help you mount the cooler. It's a right pain to mount. You have to set cooler upside down, install TIM, place CPU on TIM/cooler, than install the screws from the back of motherboard.. which should be what you see. It's a good idea to practice mounting at least once so there is no movement when you have TIM in play. wink.gif
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