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post #1 of 17
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Hey everyone,

I've finally got all the parts for my new rig but I'm stuck on which HS to get, I need something relatively thin (preferably one that still gives me full access to the ram slots and doesn't cover any PCIE slots either). I haven't really looked into the all in one liquid setups but I'd rather stick with passive for now.

Mobo is Asus Maximus VI GENE



Case is Bitfenix Phenom



RAM is Corsair Vengance (2x 8GB)




I'm looking for something as thin as possible while still being one of the top performers. I also need some new fans 100CFM+ but I've had a few of the Scythe Slipstreams before which burnt out a bit too soon.

Edit: CPU is 4770k and I want to push it as much as possible.

Any help would be awesome,

Thanks!
Edited by Riks - 1/8/14 at 3:50am
    
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post #2 of 17
xigmatek dark knight (night hawk edition) maybe? just change the fan if you do not like its performance. the stock fan is already good as it is for me. also, not sure what is your processor and how far are you going to overclock it though.

reference pic (from my rig) for the ram and pcie clearance: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Edited by Dyaems - 1/7/14 at 4:20pm
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post #3 of 17
Phanteks PH TC12DX or Prolimatech Megahalems
post #4 of 17
Riks,
Can you give us the distance from center of CPU to RAM and center of CPU to PCI slot?

If it will fit I suggest Thermalright HR-02 Macho. Good cooling.. HR-02 was originally designed for passive cooling.
Would need 27mm (53mm w/ fan) CPU center to RAM and 70mm (76mm w/ fan) CPU center to PCI slot.. 70mm if using a 120mm fan instead of TY-140/147 it comes with.
post #5 of 17
Noctua has a compatibility list for each of their coolers. The NH-U14S is 150mm wide and its compatibility list says it's reaching over the PCI-E slot for the graphics card on the Maximus VI Gene. That probably means the HR-02 Macho won't fit using its default fan.

The NH-U12S is 125mm wide and its compatibility list says it works on the Maximus VI Gene.

If you want to push the i7 as much as possible on air, I'd guess Prolimatech Megahalems and some strong and fast running fan would be the strongest 120mm sized cooler you can get. The Megahalems comes without fan so you have free choice to buy something strong and fast (no idea what to suggest).

The NH-U12S also has five heat-pipes like the Megahalems, which seems rare for 120mm sized coolers (EDIT: made a mistake... the Megahalems has six heat-pipes). The NH-U12S has its fins spaced further apart and is built to get good cooling out of a quiet running fan, the Megahalems has its fins closer together and is built to get good use out of fast fans. The Megahalems weighs 790g because of this, while the NH-U12S weighs 580g (without fan). So I'm guessing if you want quiet, the NH-U12S will be stronger, if you buy a crazy fast fan, the Megahalems can beat it.

The Megahalems is pretty fat. The fan will reach into the area of the closest memory slot and memory sticks like you have pictured won't work in that slot. I don't know if your mATX board is so cramped that it will also reach onto the second closest memory slot.
Edited by deepor - 1/8/14 at 5:55am
post #6 of 17
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Hey guys,

I'm at work atm so can't get the dimensions right now, I was looking at this:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silverstone-sst-ar03-argon-cpu-cooler-with-120mm-pwm-fan

I'll get back with the measurements soon, thanks!
    
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post #7 of 17
AR03 is a nice cooler too. thumb.gif
post #8 of 17
The argon ar03 is 140mm width

For 7pounds more you get the phanteks
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-013-PT&groupid=701&catid=2330
Edited by PontiacGTX - 1/8/14 at 10:27am
post #9 of 17
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Got the measurements.. it's roughly 5cm from the center of CPU to ram and 7cm from center of CPU to first PCIE.

I'm torn between these two:

Noctua NH-U12P SE2

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-010-NC

Phanteks PH-TC12DX

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-012-PT&groupid=701&catid=2330&subcat=2348


The noctua is around £8 more is only one or two degrees lower in benchmarks but the Phanteks is around 1cm slimmer.. I'm still undecided.
    
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post #10 of 17
The NH-U12P is old and is weaker than the newer NH-U12S.
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