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First things first....this is my first build and as such please forgive my ignorance.

So yah, I am building my first rig....and pritty darn excited about the whole thing, although I have been plagued with compromises. My planned build as of this point is a 2600k on a P8P67 Deluxe within a Lian Li PC-B25FWB. To cool the unit, I ordered a H70, but now I am seriously doubting my ability to install the cooler within the Mid Tower w/o jury rigging the setup. On top of this, I am starting to doubt the H70's ability to effectively cool a CPU at modest OC temps.

So, this brings me to the big question/delema. What cooler? I know the Noctua D14 and Silver Arrow are the kings of air cooling, but imo the shear size of these coolers will overpower the case. What I am looking for is a good cooler that will handle O/C upto say 4.4GHz, but be a small form factor. That is to say, I would like to see something through the window of the case besides just the heatsink and fans.

Anyway, please help!
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Originally Posted by squirrel502 View Post
First things first....this is my first build and as such please forgive my ignorance.

So yah, I am building my first rig....and pritty darn excited about the whole thing, although I have been plagued with compromises. My planned build as of this point is a 2600k on a P8P67 Deluxe within a Lian Li PC-B25FWB. To cool the unit, I ordered a H70, but now I am seriously doubting my ability to install the cooler within the Mid Tower w/o jury rigging the setup. On top of this, I am starting to doubt the H70's ability to effectively cool a CPU at modest OC temps.

So, this brings me to the big question/delema. What cooler? I know the Noctua D14 and Silver Arrow are the kings of air cooling, but imo the shear size of these coolers will overpower the case. What I am looking for is a good cooler that will handle O/C upto say 4.4GHz, but be a small form factor. That is to say, I would like to see something through the window of the case besides just the heatsink and fans.

Anyway, please help!
High-end air cooling (NH-D14, SA) ~= Low-end water cooling (H50/H70).

If you want easy, cheap and effective air cooling with a slightly lower profile, check the CM Hyper 212+.
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I wish I had went with the hyper +212. I went with the coolmaster V6 instead and install was hard and it is just huge so it hangs over my ram slots ehhhh
    
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If you can fit the H70 in your case then i'm pretty sure it will be more than enough to cool your chip. I'm using a H50 on my i7 920 @4.1 and max temps are around 75 degrees under load. Your chip runs cooler than mine so you should be fine!
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I recommend Hyper 212+ I have it currently in my pc and it is an awesome cooler for $30. doesnt take up as much room as the noctua and it is cheaper than the sealed watercooling solutions. I would also assume that it would be fairly easy to attain 4.4+ Ghz with the cooler, havent played with sandy bridge but from since it will be unlocked, should get some nice speeds.
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The hyper 212+ is a good cheap cooler. But if you're looking for performance, go for a NH D14 or a SA or Spire TherMax Eclipse II
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post #7 of 9
Use the Hyper 212+, I currently own one and it is a good cooler and super cheap with the right TIM (gelid gc-extreme, shin etsu g751, or tx-3) you should reach 4.4ghz with nice low load temps
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post #8 of 9
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OK, after looking at a couple of coolers on the market and doing a quick comparison, I have narrowed it down to 3 potential sinks.

Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Weight: 626g 120mm L/ 79.7mm W/ 158.5 H

Thermalright Venomious X
Weight: 755g 127mm L/ 63mm W/ 160mm H

Prolimatech Armaggedon
Weight 750g 144mm L/ 50mm W/ 160.3mm H

I know that some of you might no think the size is important, but once fans for P/P are installed, I really dont want to have any problems with the sink being too tall or bumping into the ram. I know the 212 has alot of good reviews and is very economical, but outside of the $$ difference, I am looking for the best cooling option with the smallest profile and preferably nice and quite.

Anyway...what do you think about these 3...and which do you all think would be the best of the best for small size cooling?


Thanks again all ^_^
post #9 of 9
Your case should fit any full tower cooler, and probably an Archon.

Your RAM should not be high voltage RAM. That way you can go moderate profile instead of tall heatsink RAM. I just read a user report where he had a Silver Arrow with its 140mm fans hanging over Ripjaws RAM. I know my D14 fan fits comfortably over my Ripjaws.

If you are not going to use PWM fans, choose a Gigabyte mb. They allow you to choose between controlling fans with Voltage rather than PWM.

If you are going to stick with an As.s board, be sure to go with PWM fans.

Noctua NH-D14: voltage control
TR Archon and Silver Arrow: PWM control
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