Originally Posted by sockpirate
can any of you recommend the best aftermarket fans for the H70? Currently running in my HAFX as a rear intake with push pull configuration.
Also wanna try a new thermal paste other than arctic silver 5 , what do you guys consider to be the best thermal paste out there. I don't really have a budget.
Originally Posted by nerdybeat
I like the Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP series. I got the AP-15's, which I run at ~1400rpm (using Corsair voltage restrictors). They are almost silent at this RPM, and even at their max, they are still very very quiet.
The GTs have good CFM and noise, but the static pressure is pretty low. They're better as case fans (I have two for intake). They'll work well as long as you're not pushing things too hard.
I'm using Akasa Vipers in my sig rig. A little more noise than the GTs, but not much; and a much higher static pressure. Idles at 26C, maxes out at 40C after 8 hours of Prime95; with a 23-24C ambient temp and stock 3.5Ghz. The fun part of testing them was killing Prime95 and watching the temps fall to 28c in less than 2 minutes. Those things push a lot of air through the rad.
For TIM I'm using IC Diamond. Reviews for it aren't spectacularly ahead of other high-end TIMs, but it's still one of the best available. Bit pricier than most others, though; and kind of tricky to apply (doesn't stick well, and it's pretty thick compared to the Shin Etsu stuff). I found an X pattern seems to work well.