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Best CPU cooler for mITX OCing

Poll Results: Which CPU cooler should I get (details in post)?

 
  • 50% (1)
    Noctua NH-C14
  • 0% (0)
    ID-Cooling FrostFlow 120L
  • 0% (0)
    ID-Cooling FrostFlow 240L
  • 50% (1)
    Other (comment which one)
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post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 
Hey all,

I'm planning a new build based on Zen. I know this is an unreleased chipset, but I think guesstimations can still be made.

Specs: (Click to show)
CPU: High-end Zen CPU ($350.00)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-C14 / ID-Cooling Frostflow 240/120 *
Motherboard: AM4 Motherboard ($175.00)
Memory: Kingston FURY 16GB (1 x 16GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($70.47 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB Tri-X Video Card (Purchased For $0.00)
Case: Corsair 250D
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $0.00)
Total: $595.47

This'll be an mITX build (obviously), and I'd like to overclock it as much as I can - that is, as far as the combination of PSU, case, motherboard and CPU cooler will allow.

So I've got a few questions:
  1. I know there'll be some bottlenecking (regarding OC potential), but will it come from the motherboard or the PSU? Correct me if I'm wrong, but mITX boards generally aren't great overclockers.
  2. Which of the three CPU coolers listed should I get, bearing in mind the maximum OC I could potentially get (i.e. there's no point in getting an H110i GTX if I can only have a mild overclock)?
  3. How do the Frostflow 120L and NH-C14 compare in terms of acoustics and cooling performance?


Thanks, and sorry if I'm being tedious w/ all the questions...redface.gif
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Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB Samsung 830 Series SSD 120GB LG GH24NS DVD-RW Arctic Alpine 11 Pro Rev. 2 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Xubuntu 16.04 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Crossover 27 Fast Jagor Titon 80% 
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[quote
  1. I know there'll be some bottlenecking (regarding OC potential), but will it come from the motherboard or the PSU? Correct me if I'm wrong, but mITX boards generally aren't great overclockers.
  2. Which of the three CPU coolers listed should I get, bearing in mind the maximum OC I could potentially get (i.e. there's no point in getting an H110i GTX if I can only have a mild overclock)?
  3. How do the Frostflow 120L and NH-C14 compare in terms of acoustics and cooling performance?
[/quote]

In terms of OC'ing the mini ITX isnt the worst, its just a form factor there are x99 itx boards!
BUT I have not seen an AM3+ or AM4 mini ITX board mostly matx.
Probably worth looking into more than i did.

I'm buying a scythe big shuriken 2 rev B for my i5 system, not the best cooler in the world but itt'l handle a decent OC and its low profile enough to fit pretty much any itx /atx build
As far as bottle neck: possibly (dependant on the Ryzen output) i would think it would be the last gen card DEFINATLY not the board (considering you buy one specifically for OC'ing)
Hope this helped.
Tom
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120gb kinston SDD (Boot) 500Gb Hypertech SSD (Game files) 2TB WD yellow HD (backup) Scythe big shuriken 2 REV B 
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i5 4460 MSI H97AC (Mini ITX) GTX1060 6GB (zotac mini) 2X 8GB 1200 Kingston Hyper x Fury RAM 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
120gb kinston SDD (Boot) 500Gb Hypertech SSD (Game files) 2TB WD yellow HD (backup) Scythe big shuriken 2 REV B 
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Windows 7 Samsung UE590D 28" 4K EVGA 500W 80+ Wall mounted 
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Update, I bought the big shuriken 2 rev-b and its working great would highly suggest it as a noctua alternative (better looking and slight perfomance gain)
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i5 4460 MSI H97AC (Mini ITX) GTX1060 6GB (zotac mini) 2X 8GB 1200 Kingston Hyper x Fury RAM 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
120gb kinston SDD (Boot) 500Gb Hypertech SSD (Game files) 2TB WD yellow HD (backup) Scythe big shuriken 2 REV B 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Samsung UE590D 28" 4K EVGA 500W 80+ Wall mounted 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 4460 MSI H97AC (Mini ITX) GTX1060 6GB (zotac mini) 2X 8GB 1200 Kingston Hyper x Fury RAM 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
120gb kinston SDD (Boot) 500Gb Hypertech SSD (Game files) 2TB WD yellow HD (backup) Scythe big shuriken 2 REV B 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Windows 7 Samsung UE590D 28" 4K EVGA 500W 80+ Wall mounted 
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