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Good work on the purchase.

CAUTION: Avoid the frustration of taking for granted exactly what they mean by only half turning or quarter turning in the retention bracket. It's a pain in the butt to try and get that pump to fit in the retention ring if you've screwed it in too tight! It's still a bit of a pain- but if I could do it you can!

Also, when you install it pay attention to the orientation of the tubes- sounds like they're best on the bottom of the case (when you stand it up- I messed that up, actually and my side panel barely fit on because the reservoire stuck out a bit!). Additionally, might find the stock fans too loud- don't be afraid to use the resistor cables.

Good luck!
Yeah, I had a bit of trouble with that. I tightened them too much and couldn't get the pump to fit. I ended up loosening the screws off all the way and doing it that way. And yeah, I don't really need extreme cooling so I used the resistor cables.
 
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Loving the temps so far, even with the slower speed fans

Gives me more OCing room
 
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I used to have an H50 and I still believe it's better to somehow fit the rad on the front of the case, on drive bay as an intake. That way it's far from the other components that produce heat.
    
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Question would this be a better layout for someone with an H70?

Just curious about intake vs exhaust on the radiator.

Depends on what you want to do. If you use the H70 fans as intakes, you get lower CPU temps (unless you're sucking in hot GPU exhaust air from the back), but the ambient temp in the case increases. In your case (with top exhausts), it'd probably be beneficial to use the H70 as intake, because you have the top exhausts to remove heat, but it might work better for you to use the H70 as exhaust.
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I concur with using the fans as an intake. Though you have a fair share of air coming in- that little exhaust fan on the roof just won't draw out enough of the warm air to put anything but warmth into that rad. I encourage you to swap that setup around- if you're happy with your temps now, just turning them around will bring them down even more.

Don't get me wrong- enjoy it! Take some time and figure out what your goals are. If you're happy, leave it. If you get a hankering (as many of us do) to just tweak and play and explore... then try turning the fans around for a start.

Stay curious my friend!
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I found the stock fans at 1900 were way to loud for my tastes. I also found that using the resistor raised my temps about 6C so I just changed to the Enermax fans which gave me the same temps as stock but were way quieter. It's really a nice cooler and if you aren't doing crazy O/C's it will work great for you. I can get mine up to about 3.8/4.0 with HT on before I get temps that are too high >75C in my case.
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Refer Here. We've discussed most of this throughout the thread.

H50 vs Archon

Actually, the Archon is currently tops in air cooling. In the tests that showed the Archon vs SA, the Archon won. It even matched the SA with a single fan vs dual fans which is beyond impressive. In push/pull configuration, it performs better than the SA with exact config. The problem that I would see with the Archon for you is that I don't believe it would fit into your case because of its height. I read a review that was done with an Antec 900 which has the exact same width as the Antec 300 (8.1" W) and they couldn't close the side panel. My Case is 8.3" W with a 180mm height limitation for the CPU Cooler and would only have 3/8" of clearance for the Archon.

However, I checked compatibility with your Motherboard and the Silver Arrow and it looks great. Your RAM doesn't have heatspreaders so you are good there as well. Just to warn you, it is a Huge Cooler, but it is excellent. It will definitely outperform the H50/H70.

In reference to the Hyper 212+, it is a great budget cooler and much cheaper than these, however, it won't come close to the performance if you really push it with a high overclock.

With all things considered, I believe the Silver Arrow is definitely the best choice for you. It is a wonderful cooler and top 3 on the market today for any cooling solution south of custom watercooling. Hope this helps!
I don't like the Hyper 212+ ^_^
    
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