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hey guys im new here and im also building my first "gaming" pc iv built other machines in the past but years ago. well im looking to find the best cpu cooler cost isent in issue. but if water would be best im only gonna go with the h70. here are the basics of my system. asus crosshair iv formula MOB, AMD phenom II x6 1100t, XFX 6950 graphics card all inside of an HAF 922 so should i go with an h70 or some sort of air cooling ?
    
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post #2 of 15
If you want to best, go for actual real water than a H70. For $20-40 more you can get a Rasa kit that'll do better than any air or hybrid water cooling can do.

But if you plan to go air and want almost no maintenance whatsoever. Go for a Noctua NH-D14 or Thermalright Silver Arrow.
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post #3 of 15
Water would be the best, but the H70 doesn't even beat the top-end air-coolers...and is utterly wasted by full proper water loops.

Silver-Arrow, and Noctuas are about the same price and perform better than Corsair Hydro units.
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post #4 of 15
Go with an h70 or noctua
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608018

I would go with the H70, i love mine.
post #5 of 15
No doubt you'll be tempted by water cooling if you stay here for any length of time. You might as well give in now and buy this XSPC kit now.

If you're set on air, the Noctua NH-14 is one of the best, but it's expensive. There are many more viable options, but I'm not very familiar with them, and some don't include AM3 mounting kits.
post #6 of 15
Can get a Silver Arrow for less in Directron, and a D14 cheaper than newegg at the same site. You only pay tax if you're in Texas, shipping is usually less than $7 too.

http://www.directron.com/silverarrow.html
http://www.directron.com/nhd14.html

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If you're set on air, the Noctua NH-14 is one of the best, but it's expensive. There are many more viable options, but I'm not very familiar with them, and some don't include AM3 mounting kits.
That I find odd, either way if you get a D14 with no AM3 kit, contact Noctua, I'm fairly certain they will send you a set for free.
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post #7 of 15
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will anyof those have an issue with the ram? i have heard that the Thermalright Silver Arrow will over lap your rap slots
    
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post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by wish3s View Post
will anyof those have an issue with the ram? i have heard that the Thermalright Silver Arrow will over lap your rap slots
Will it overlap? Probably. Whether that is an issue depends on what RAM you're using and how tall the heatspreaders are.
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post #9 of 15
If your ram is taller than the Gskill Ripjaws that are indicated on the link of my signature, you'll have a problem mounting the Silver Arrow or NH-D14. Otherwise go for water cooling.
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post #10 of 15
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That I find odd, either way if you get a D14 with no AM3 kit, contact Noctua, I'm fairly certain they will send you a set for free.
I meant other than the Noctua.
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