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I just bought the Noctua NH D14 CPU cooler for my upcoming sandy bridge build and was wondering if I should use the thermal paste that comes with it, NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound, or some Arctic Silver 5 I have laying around?

Or should I buy different better stuff? I plan on OC'ing and was going to try it out on my Phenom II 920 to see if I can hit 4ghz cause 3.8 was stable but the temps were too high on this Arctic Cooler Freezer 64.

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I hear that the NT-H1 is actually really good, I would go with that since its also newer than AS5. I'm gonna go with the same thing once all my stuff shows up.
 
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I hear that the NT-H1 is actually really good, I would go with that since its also newer than AS5. I'm gonna go with the same thing once all my stuff shows up.
Yeah it seems a lot of people have had good results with the thermal compound it come with so I will give that a try. My Arctic Silver 5 is 3 years old since when I built my current rig so I was hoping I would not have to use it lol.
    
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Yeah I think it would be worth it to try a different paste, worst case you can just try it with both and use the better one. I think the noctua will be a little better though.
 
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Their stock TIM is very good. But you should always have a backup tube of TIM. An 80-way TIM review is here. I use Gelid GC-Extreme myself.
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Noctua TIM is good. No need to get another paste.
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alright thanks everyone. I hope it will look good in a Corsair 600T I am eyeing right now.
    
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alright thanks everyone. I hope it will look good in a Corsair 600T I am eyeing right now.
Buy no case that will house an air cooler unless you know for a fact you can make air go through it properly. The 600T looks pretty good, especially if you flip the top fan and make it an intake.

Be sure you cut out the rear grill, and try using the case with and without the rear fan - you may not even need a case exhaust fan with that D14 in there.
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Buy no case that will house an air cooler unless you know for a fact you can make air go through it properly. The 600T looks pretty good, especially if you flip the top fan and make it an intake.

Be sure you cut out the rear grill, and try using the case with and without the rear fan - you may not even need a case exhaust fan with that D14 in there.
I checked out the 600T owners thread and it seems like the air flow isnt the greatest. I will probably just stick with my Antec 900. I hate the led's and no cable routing management options on the 900 which is why I was looking at upgrading. The air flow is top notch though especially with another 120mm intake fan on the side blowing directly on the gfx card.
    
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