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what are the best cpu coolers for Bitfenix Prodigy?

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This is my first time to build a PC, and i'm planning to get I5 4570K
I may overclock moderately. I'm deciding what cpu cooler should i buy
My concern is that this computer case seems quite small and using the heatsink could probably blocking the air flow? (I'm guessing, I'm not sure)
In this case, is it better to use liquid cooler than air cooler?
what options do i have other than the expensive H100i? is it kinda overkilled?
Any other great CPU cooler around $60 range?
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Originally Posted by arken21 View Post

This is my first time to build a PC, and i'm planning to get I5 4570K
I may overclock moderately. I'm deciding what cpu cooler should i buy
My concern is that this computer case seems quite small and using the heatsink could probably blocking the air flow? (I'm guessing, I'm not sure)
In this case, is it better to use liquid cooler than air cooler?
what options do i have other than the expensive H100i? is it kinda overkilled?
Any other great CPU cooler around $60 range?

Firstly, welcome to OCN! biggrin.gif

If you want to keep it around $60, look into something like the Noctau NH-U12S, or as an alternative budget option the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo. Both heat sinks are similar in size and will fit no problem in the Prodigy. I did a build for my parents in the Prodigy and ended up using the older Noctua NH-U12P and I had no problems with fitting it in.

If you're just planning a mild overclock, a CLC like the H100i is not an ideal solution. A good air cooler (like the ones noted above) will do the job very well (and often out perform some of the low-end CLC units too). You really don't need much more cooling power for a mild overclock. Plus going with air cooling, it'll be easier to fit together and will be less risk (no chance of leaks, fewer moving parts, etc...)
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
thanks a lot, it explains my concerns
The reason i want a liquid cooler is that i feel like the case looks crowdrd with all the parts in it, using the traditionally air coolers might not be as efficient as liquid coolers since the parts blocking the air flow. i guess air coolers work just as well then
post #4 of 8
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btw, what if i wanna invest more money on the cpu cooling, what do you recommend?
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Originally Posted by arken21 View Post

btw, what if i wanna invest more money on the cpu cooling, what do you recommend?

If you're wanting to stick with air cooling, the ones above are about as big as you can go. More expensive air coolers are going to be bigger and will get to the point of having a hard time fitting. The Noctua NH-D14, for example, might fit, but the biggest concern is that it may block the PCIe slot. As another example, the Phanteks PH-TC14PE (similar in size to the D14) would be even more difficult because of the larger fans. This isn't to say either cooler won't fit for sure, but it's getting to the point where you're trying to cram a lot more into a small space.

So with that said, I think the next step over the Noctua NH-U12S or the CM Hyper 212 Evo mentioned above would be a CLC (like a Corsair H100i, for example), a semi-custom loop (like a Swiftech H220) or even a full custom water loop depending on what you want to spend.

I hope this helps! smile.gif
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
h100i looks overkilled to me
what about the more entry level clc like h60? or theses just not much different than 212 evo?
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Originally Posted by arken21 View Post

h100i looks overkilled to me
what about the more entry level clc like h60? or theses just not much different than 212 evo?

Yup you got it...the H60 isn't any better than the 212 Evo. At least from what I've seen, they're pretty evenly matched. With a CLC, I'd look at the H100i or better since it would at least be an improvement over the 212 Evo. thumb.gif
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Hi, i really love that case and i'm building a new pc on it,
I saw that there are different version of that case, can you tell me for which version are intended those cpu coolers?

i'm going to buy that one: https://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/chassis/prodigy/
The mini-itx version, is the Noctau NH-U12S compatible?

Thanks
Betan
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