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So, a friend of mine asked to build him a new system, the budget isn't really low but it's no need to buy stuff he doesn't need. So far I've been thinking a i5 2500k (Will the $100 more for the i7 2600k be worth it?), Gigabyte PH67-UD3 (Any insight on this? I read it has a 12 power phase an4d goes for $140), the rest is irrelevant.

Then to the topic; what cooler should I get with this setup, I will be clocking it and want to keep it as cool as possible, without having too much noise either.
Was looking towards the H70 (as I'm satisfied with my h50) but will the noctua NH-D14 outperform it? Price is the same and I'm just really not sure which is better.

The case is a nzxt phantom, and I assume that it's wide enough for a NH-D14 to fit + a side-panel fan, or will it?


thanks in advance.
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what processor to get depends on usage, budget and what your friend is expecting from the system. the 2500k will be great for everything and amazing in games. the 2600k will improve video/audio editing, transcoding and other multithreaded apps, but the 2500k wont be slow in these tasks.

for the board, get a P67 board like the gigabyte P67A-UD3 or asus P67 boards.

for quiet, high-end cooling the H50/H70 should work really well and you wont have to worry about fitting issues that the taller air coolers have.
    
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H50/H70 gets my vote considering all the folders are using it with 4.5-4.9 24/7 load.

Ooops just noticed it is i5.
Edited by LiLChris - 1/12/11 at 12:39am
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He'll be playing a few games, nothing extreme but yea, I guess the 2500k will cut it. The budget isn't really tight, $2200-ish.

I know the h70 will be good for what he needs it for, but won't the tubes be just as far out as a normal tower-cooler will?


The rest of the budget will be used for R0 corsair force 60gb.
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plenty budget?

then you should go water. pick up a rasa rx240 or hit the wc'ing section and get some help to pick a customized kit.
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plenty budget?

then you should go water. pick up a rasa rx240 or hit the wc'ing section and get some help to pick a customized kit.
I would, but I'm not familiar with wc loops and it's no good manufacturers here in norway, that I know of. (None of the popular ones anyway)
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Try a zalman flex with 2 higher cfm fans lol, not tall and not too wide either.. keeps the temps surprisingly low at 4.0 and very budget friendly..
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Then to the topic; what cooler should I get with this setup, I will be clocking it and want to keep it as cool as possible, without having too much noise either.
Was looking towards the H70 (as I'm satisfied with my h50) but will the noctua NH-D14 outperform it? Price is the same and I'm just really not sure which is better.
The NH-D14 will outperform an h70. I would get that. All of the major overclocking guru's I know personally use the NH-D14. One I was just talking to last night was running 5 ghz on a 2600k with one.
    
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The NH-D14 will outperform an h70. I would get that. All of the major overclocking guru's I know personally use the NH-D14. One I was just talking to last night was running 5 ghz on a 2600k with one.
Thanks for clearifying this! I would assume it's some pretty bad ass cooling with 3 fans in that thing.

On the product page I can see it's 16cm tall, I guess that's from the bottom of the mounting plate to the top yes? If so I'm pretty sure that'd fit in a nzxt phantom, even with a sidepanel fan installed, or?
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Thanks for clearifying this! I would assume it's some pretty bad ass cooling with 3 fans in that thing.

On the product page I can see it's 16cm tall, I guess that's from the bottom of the mounting plate to the top yes? If so I'm pretty sure that'd fit in a nzxt phantom, even with a sidepanel fan installed, or?
I had ~11c drop in temps at idle over the h50 and more at full load. You would have to measure the case to verify it would fit height wise but I would imagine it would. The width measurement is relatively moot because you can rotate the cooler to clear RAM etc.

This is the one I'm talking about. 2 fans.

Pro: better cooling
Con: Gigantic

I also use shin etzu g751 for thermal paste. I'm fairly certain it outperforms the noctua paste as it beats every other paste on the market iirc.
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