Originally Posted by the_creeper
I'm thinking of spending about $100.My casing has fans with blue LEDs bt I am not that picky about a color scheme.I havent OC'd my i7 yet and have no immediate plans to do so.For me noise is important and I am looking for something which is generally quiet.
for shear performance, i think the noctua nh-d14 is the king at the moment, specially if u planning on overclocking in the future
here's a little article comparing the noctua and silver arrow
i would recommend you the Prolimatech Megahalem, but they are fair expensive and doesn't come with fans, but you can check it out if you wish. great thermal performance.
i see you've sort of narrowed things down to 2 final candidates. if noise is important for you, then go with noctua nh-d14, it's more expensive than the v6, but then again its still within your budget. the noctua at fan speeds of about 1300rpm are fairly quiet i've been told, and at 900rpm its almost silent. to get anywhere close to the noctua performance, the v6 has to spin up its fans to the max, something like 2200rpm, you probably would not want to do that if you want a quiet pc.
you could consider the frio
also, its a nice cooler too, at lowest fan settings, its very very quiet. at least i am very pleased with it