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So I've had my rig for a while now and since i have an AMD Phenom II X4 965BE, I decided I want to do some overclocking with it. Except I'm worried that I won't get anywhere with the stock fan, which I'm using right now. Still winter and very cold where I am (when I first enter Windows, Everest reads CPU temps at about 15-20°C, hard drives 8-13°C), but summer it'll get ridiculously hot. Tower coolers are out of the question with my case (stupid mid-towers), so top-down coolers are the choice unless there are upright coolers that aren't as tall as the Empire State Building. So now, after some research, I arrived at these two coolers:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608019

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185097

I have a side fan blowing air right into the CPU cooler so there's more than enough cool air. Quietness is appreciated. Any other suggestions would be great!
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I'd vote the Noctua one, they usually make really good coolers.
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Yep I want the Noctua too. The only problem is where I live (china), I have to get my computer guy to specifically order it, which makes a big hassle and would increase costs. I'd really love to get my hands on it but if there's other options that are easier to get and offer similar performance, then I might ditch the Noctua.
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post #4 of 14
So your guy charges more because he had to order it.
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In china it's hard to find anything high end. Anything mid-end or lower is easy to find; almost all computer parts shops carry them. But high end stuff is only internet order or special delivery and honestly the vendors on the internet are sketchy as hell. I'd pay a premium to make sure I get quality stuff. And I don't get to go back to the states as often as I'd like
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The Noctua is good, But look up the cooler "CoolIT Vantage A.L.C" they are really nice
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What kind of case do you have?
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post #8 of 14
Noctua, if I had to have one of the two.

but what about a H50, closed loop liquid cooler, everyone got them now!
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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Atomfix View Post
The Noctua is good, But look up the cooler "CoolIT Vantage A.L.C" they are really nice
From what I've read, it is a really nice cooler. I like how the fan speed settings only come into play after temps rise above 30°C. I like having a relatively quiet rig so this is definitely a plus.

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Originally Posted by The_Punisher View Post
What kind of case do you have?
I have a non-descript mid-tower. 120mm front intake, 120mm side intake, 120mm rear exhaust. No vents for bottom intake or top exhaust.

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Originally Posted by andrewmchugh View Post
Noctua, if I had to have one of the two.

but what about a H50, closed loop liquid cooler, everyone got them now!
I have seen a lot of reviews about them, I'm just not sure about maintenance. Since it's closed loop, that means there's no need to swap out the coolant. The only possibility would be swapping out the fan, right?
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post #10 of 14
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233014 Not as tall as the 120mm fan units and you can add a second 92mm fan for a push/pull setup.
It's so little!
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It's so little!
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