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post #1 of 24
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Hey everyone!

So, basically, my stock cooler is starting to really annoy me, as soon as it senses even +1c over idle temp it skyrockets to 5200RPM

I would buy a Noctua NH-D14 instantly...however, I have G.Skill PI ram modules:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageG...2800CL6D-4GBPI

As you can see, they are big-ass modules. The Noctua site clearly states they aren't compatible.

I neglected to mention I'm using a Gigabyte GA-870-UD3 MB:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128443

Can anyone recommend a cooler I can use, with performance close to the Noctua? Or a way to workaround the clearance problem? Perhaps moving my RAM will help? Diff. slots? Anything really...i'm desperate
post #2 of 24
Why not a Thermalright Archon? It's tall so you'd want to make sure you have enough clearance but it'd give you stellar cooling and you wouldn't have to worry about blocking any of your ram slots.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/...ooler_review/3

Alternatively you could move your ram to the slots furthest from the cpu, you'd have to measure if that'd give you enough room though.
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Corsair H70? Not sure how it compares with the noctua though.
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Why not a Thermalright Archon? It's tall so you'd want to make sure you have enough clearance but it'd give you stellar cooling and you wouldn't have to worry about blocking any of your ram slots.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/...ooler_review/3
Sadly, its not available anywhere near me.

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Originally Posted by Siegfried262 View Post
Alternatively you could move your ram to the slots furthest from the cpu, you'd have to measure if that'd give you enough room though.
I might think about that? Anyone have any exp. with this specific MB and RAM?
post #5 of 24
i would suggest an all in one liquid cooled solution for this,the h70 is almost the exact same performance as a nd14 /SA i do believe the difference is less then 3c in most cases
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i would suggest an all in one liquid cooled solution for this,the h70 is almost the exact same performance as a nd14 /SA i do believe the difference is less then 3c in most cases
inaccurate. Difference is more than 4c on load.

But yes, get the H70, it's actually.... good
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post #7 of 24
H50/H70 for clearance issues, and is it the first fan on the D14 that's entering the wrong territory? You could just move it to the rear of the heatsink if there's room.
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post #8 of 24
That's always an option.

If you're getting up to the cost of an H70 you might want to consider an XSPC Rasa Kit but that's still pretty pricey. Stellar performance from what I've heard though.

OP, could you maybe point us to a website around your parts you might be ordering from or perhaps a store in your area? It'd allow us to see what's available to you and give you better recommendations. ^^
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post #9 of 24
the h70 is solid.
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Originally Posted by Siegfried262 View Post
That's always an option.

If you're getting up to the cost of an H70 you might want to consider an XSPC Rasa Kit but that's still pretty pricey. Stellar performance from what I've heard though.

OP, could you maybe point us to a website around your parts you might be ordering from or perhaps a store in your area? It'd allow us to see what's available to you and give you better recommendations. ^^
I was thinking at one time about the XSPCkits (360 even), but I decided against water for a while...

Quote:
Originally Posted by tryagainplss View Post
inaccurate. Difference is more than 4c on load.

But yes, get the H70, it's actually.... good
Will think about the H70! My one concern is noise? Pump/fan?

Quote:
Originally Posted by obsidian86 View Post
i would suggest an all in one liquid cooled solution for this,the h70 is almost the exact same performance as a nd14 /SA i do believe the difference is less then 3c in most cases
Everybody seems to be recommending it!

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Originally Posted by ph10m View Post
the h70 is solid.
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