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Hello everyone,

I'm in the market for a new CPU cooler for my i7 920. I'm very interested in the Thermalright Silver Arrow, but after seeing some new information I am not 100% sure that it's what I want, so I have a few questions. I also have some questions regarding air cooling in general. I'll list the questions so you guys don't have to read a giant wall of text.

1. Is the Thermalright Silver Arrow the absolute best cooler on the market right now (for the i7 920, particularly)?
I'm finding conflicting information on this. If I'm spending upwards of 80 bucks I want the best air cooling I can get, as I'm not interested in water cooling (seems too complicated for me!).

2. What would be the best thermal compound to use?
I read through that review on 80+ compounds that stated Shin-Etsu X23 is the top dog. Will I really notice much of a difference between Shin-Etsu X23, Arctic Silver 5, or the compound that comes with the Thermalright Silver Arrow?

3. Is now a good time to purchase a cooler?
I've noticed that a few new coolers are being released in the coming months and I'm not sure if I should wait it out or just pull the trigger.

4. Do I need a fan for my Northbridge? Which do you recommend?
My motherboard has a heatsink on the Northbridge, but no fan. I'm worried about heat as I plan to overclock my CPU quite a bit.

5. I need a few 120mm (I think...) cheap fans to stick on the back of some old towers. Is there any you guys can recommend?
I don't need anything fancy, just something to pull the heat out of some aging PCs.

That's all for now. I had a list of questions I wanted to ask, but misplaced it! If I find it I'll reply to this post to add them. I'm sorry to bombard you guys with this, but I just want to make sure I make good decisions. Thank you for reading through all of that!
Edited by VanillaCena - 1/28/11 at 2:03pm
post #2 of 12
1. Probably. But not if you have those silly big heatspeaders on your RAM and can't/don't want to remove them. Then look at a Noctua NH-D14 or a Thermalright Archon.

2. Maybe 1-2c tops. Personally, I use MX-4 but the little tube that comes with the SA is pretty good.

3. The best time to buy is when you have the money

4. I don't but others would disagree

5. What size?

Don't apologize for asking questions. That's the whole idea of tech forums
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Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
1. Probably. But not if you have those silly big heatspeaders on your RAM and can't/don't want to remove them. Then look at a Noctua NH-D14 or a Thermalright Archon.

2. Maybe 1-2c tops. Personally, I use MX-4 but the little tube that comes with the SA is pretty good.

3. The best time to buy is when you have the money

4. I don't but others would disagree

5. What size?

Don't apologize for asking questions. That's the whole idea of tech forums
I'm not 100% sure what size they are, but I assume 120mm. I don't have them with me to measure at the moment. They are just typical Dell/Compaq PCs, if that helps.

I noticed you have the Silver Arrow. Do you know the best place to buy the it? From what I've been able to find Directron has the best price on it.
Edited by VanillaCena - 1/28/11 at 2:15pm
post #4 of 12
I'm in Australia so can't really say where you should buy an SA.

As for the fans, Zalman and Cooler Master make some good, cheap 120mm.
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I'm not 100% sure what size they are, but I assume 120mm. I don't have them with me to measure at the moment. They are just typical Dell/Compaq PCs, if that helps.

I noticed you have the Silver Arrow. Do you know the best place to buy the it? From what I've been able to find Directron has the best price on it.
I bought my Silver Arrow from Directron and the service/shipping/everything was great!

It is one helluva cooler!

I bought a Noctua D14 for my Sandy Bridge build (the guy who bought my 4ghz 1055T wanted it AS IS) and I prefer the D14's mounting method over the SA.
    
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I'm in Australia so can't really say where you should buy an SA.

As for the fans, Zalman and Cooler Master make some good, cheap 120mm.
Oh I'm sorry, I didn't notice you were from Australia. I've always wanted to go there! I need to get out of the US, lol.
Thank you for the brand recommendations and answering all my questions, I really appreciate it!

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Originally Posted by CerealKillah View Post
I bought my Silver Arrow from Directron and the service/shipping/everything was great!

It is one helluva cooler!

I bought a Noctua D14 for my Sandy Bridge build (the guy who bought my 4ghz 1055T wanted it AS IS) and I prefer the D14's mounting method over the SA.
I have to ask you this since you've had both coolers. In your experience, which performed better? I can't decide which to get yet. The only thing leaning me towards the Silver Arrow is the ugly fans on the Noctua D14! Replacing them makes for some unnecessary cost.
Edited by VanillaCena - 1/28/11 at 2:56pm
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1. I'll be honest with you, it doesn't really matter if you take either the Silver arrow or the Noctua D14 if you look at performance, I mean, it will only differ 1-2 c. And that's not something to worry about. I also see that you don't like the Noctua color scheme, so please, take the silver arrow, it will do what you require from it perfectly.

2. Again, in the long run, the performance won't be much different, only a couple of degrees probably, but if you just get a well know TIM, with a fine reputation it's nothing to worry about. Personally I use Arctic Silver 5 and am perfectly happy with it. Reviews get you only that far, but if you depend too much on them it will only confuse.

3. Yes, it's a good time as any. Buy it and enjoy it, you live now.

4. If your not gonna do some manic overclocking on air and your case has a decent airflow, you should be fine with the standard heat sinks that motherboards already have.

5.Please first try to find out what kind of size you need, then we can advise you what to buy. If you don't have a way to measure it, take a 120mm from where ever and place it on the spot where you need the new fans. But just in case you already found out about the size, and it is 120mm, Some Yate Loons fit your description perfectly, their cheap, work good, and are def not fancy.


Alright, hope this helps. Cheers.
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Most of these high end tower coolers are going to perform about the same. I still have my old True and based on all of the comparisons that I have seen that will be going into my next rig. I wouldn't put too much thought into it. Does size matter? Do you like the looks of the cooler? Will it clear your ram?

I know that Thermalright is good about making retention brackets available pretty quickly for new layouts. I've heard people claim the sam about Nocutra.

As for TIM, I like MX-2 since it spreads easily and it's non-onductive. I've been hearing good things about MX-4, I would give that a shot.

As for good cheap fans. You can't go wrong with some Yate Loons I have a couple of these on my heatsink and had an Antec 1200 full of them at one point.
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I have a P6T Deluxe as well. My case has good airflow , but I kept running into problems with stability while trying to achieve 4.3 ghz stable. While troubleshooting, someone recommended that I check my northbridge temperatures. As there are no actual temperature monitors for the northbridge, my helpful colleague suggested I do the "finger test" while running something stressful like IntelBurnTest. I did, and it was HOT. I'm sure it had something to do with the 2 hot GPU cores right below it, but I found my problem.

Long story short, I ended up getting a nice sleeved Delta 40mm fan for my Northbridge from Performance-PCs.com. Keep in mind, if you decide to get one, you'll have to pick up a couple of M3 screws from the hardware store. My rig is now sitting at 4.3 ghz stable.
    
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They are just typical Dell/Compaq PCs, if that helps.
If they're just oem dell/compaq pc, recommend DO NOT buy any of those overclocking stuffs since that computer won't OC that making all of these pointless and wasting money.

My 2 cents.
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