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I've got everything I need for my build except a CPU cooler. I bought a Swiftech H240 X2 Prestige but the reservoir leaked so it's going back. Stock is very hard to come by and at this point, I've decided to just go with air cooling. My build consists of:

Asus Maximus VIII Hero Alpha
Intel i7-6700K
Asus Strix GTX 980Ti
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB
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EVGA SuperNOVA P2 850w
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Phanteks Evolv ATX

I'd like to OC my 6700k to ~4.5GHz. I've looked at several coolers from Cryorig and be quiet! but I feel like I don't know what's appropriate for my particular system. Some of these coolers that get good reviews look *huge*. I'm guessing the backplates are sufficient to hold them in place when mounted vertically but that seems like an awful lot of stress on the motherboard. Am I just being paranoid or is that a real concern? Also, any specific cooler suggestions given my hardware? Thanks very much for your opinions!
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I wouldn't worry about the 'huge' air coolers. First, because the mass of a cooler is close to the cpu socket and because the backplate distributes the load very well. And multi-layer PCBs are much tougher than they look. This assumes proper fastening of the MB to the case and correct cooler installation. And proper care of the system. If your OC test plans include kicking the system down the stairs while running IBT as a complete stress test, well...

Thousands of enthusiasts have used large air coolers for years without issue. The rare occurrence of MB damage from cooler mass is magnified on the internet, mixed with tons of CLC supporter FUD. And with some fact finding, one discovers that the whole system was subjected to sudden deceleration trauma.

In the years I've been using big air coolers, the only time I've seen MB damage was the one time I tried a CLC - it leaked.

In the list of 'huge' coolers (which to me look normal, not dwarf coolers with life support tubes), the D15, R1, DR3, TR SB-E are very good choices for your OC'd 6700k. If budget is a concern, the Scythe Ninja 4 runs with the big ones at under $50. Review Link. And the to-be-released next month Scythe Fuma is looking very special for a $42.95 value.
Edited by MicroCat - 3/22/16 at 7:36pm
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Thanks very much for the info MicroCat! I've been reading reviews all night and I think I've narrowed my choices down to the Cryorig R1 Ultimate, Phanteks PH-TC14PE and the Dark Rock Pro 3. I aw that Noctua has several great coolers as well, but that color scheme is just.....yuck! Decisions, decisions.....
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yeah noctua stock brown color isn't the best color scheme. you don't have to use the stock ones.

the phanteks ph-tc14pe is a great cooler. cools just as well as a d14 and comes in different cooler options.
Edited by orlfman - 7/22/16 at 11:03pm
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Thanks very much for the info MicroCat! I've been reading reviews all night and I think I've narrowed my choices down to the Cryorig R1 Ultimate, Phanteks PH-TC14PE and the Dark Rock Pro 3. I aw that Noctua has several great coolers as well, but that color scheme is just.....yuck! Decisions, decisions.....

The R1 Ultimate and TC14PE are very, very similar coolers in terms of performance and sound profile. To my ears, the TC14PE is a little smoother at high rpm, but honestly not enough to sway the decision between them much. I own both, and when I was doing a lot of cooler testing I would literally use whichever was more conveniently within my reach to run as an everyday when I was done. I do like the look of the R1 better, as well as the mounting kit, but that is subjective.

That said....I have a DRP3 stashed away specifically for one purpose. If I decide to go back to air, that is the cooler I will be using. The sound profile is unmatched, and cooling is only a couple of degrees off of the R1/D15/TC14PE. Plus, it looks amazing in the case.
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The R1 Ultimate and TC14PE are very, very similar coolers in terms of performance and sound profile. To my ears, the TC14PE is a little smoother at high rpm, but honestly not enough to sway the decision between them much. I own both, and when I was doing a lot of cooler testing I would literally use whichever was more conveniently within my reach to run as an everyday when I was done. I do like the look of the R1 better, as well as the mounting kit, but that is subjective.

That said....I have a DRP3 stashed away specifically for one purpose. If I decide to go back to air, that is the cooler I will be using. The sound profile is unmatched, and cooling is only a couple of degrees off of the R1/D15/TC14PE. Plus, it looks amazing in the case.
Agree about the DRP3. There is nothing with similar looks. The slight lower cooling is a direct result of it being quieter.
The cooler I've used the most is TC14PE with TY-14x fans. I ran a red one with TY-143 fans until I change it to a black one with TY-147A fans. I would be hard pressed to choose it or Dark Rock Pro 3 .. or R1 with TY-147A fans as best all around twin tower. I won't even get into single tower cooler that are just as good. tongue.gif
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The R1 Ultimate and TC14PE are very, very similar coolers in terms of performance and sound profile. To my ears, the TC14PE is a little smoother at high rpm, but honestly not enough to sway the decision between them much. I own both, and when I was doing a lot of cooler testing I would literally use whichever was more conveniently within my reach to run as an everyday when I was done. I do like the look of the R1 better, as well as the mounting kit, but that is subjective.

That said....I have a DRP3 stashed away specifically for one purpose. If I decide to go back to air, that is the cooler I will be using. The sound profile is unmatched, and cooling is only a couple of degrees off of the R1/D15/TC14PE. Plus, it looks amazing in the case.

Thanks for the info! I need something ASAP and the DRP3 is out of stock at Newegg so I just ordered the R1 Ultimate. I really like the appearance of both the DRP3 and R1. The mounting system on the R1 looks pretty nice, as well. I'm still amazed at the size of some of these coolers but as long as they fit in the Evolv ATX and don't put too much strain on the mobo, I'll be happy.
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Thanks for the info! I need something ASAP and the DRP3 is out of stock at Newegg so I just ordered the R1 Ultimate. I really like the appearance of both the DRP3 and R1. The mounting system on the R1 looks pretty nice, as well. I'm still amazed at the size of some of these coolers but as long as they fit in the Evolv ATX and don't put too much strain on the mobo, I'll be happy.

Good choice. The mounting system on the R1 is second to none.

And there isn't an air cooler around that won't fit in the Evolv ATX - it has an absolutely cavernous 190mm depth clearance.
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I won't even get into single tower cooler that are just as good. tongue.gif

Which single towers are you referring to? Thanks!
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Which single towers are you referring to? Thanks!

The Thermalright True Spirit 140 Rev A. tongue.gif

I happen to not fully agree. I find the better passive characteristics of the larger cooler to be a big factor, since it will stay quieter at moderate loads.
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