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March 27, 2013 3:08:09 PM

I'm looking for a CPU cooler for me first computer build. It can be either liquid or air. I would like the lowest temperatures possible, and my budget is £70 or under.
I needs to be good enough to cool overclocked GPU and CPU. My build:
i7 3770k
MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case
Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Radeon HD 7970 IceQ X2

Thanks :) 

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March 27, 2013 3:10:31 PM

Hyper 212 Evo
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March 27, 2013 3:15:18 PM

The Noctua DH14 or Phanteks PH TC14. Best air coolers on the market. Or the H100/H100i for closed loop. More expensive and louder but slightly better cooling than air. I prefer air.

Don't get a Corsair CX series for Crossfire HD 7970s. It will work but the CX line is Corsair's budget series for a reason. A high end GPU setup deserves a high end power supply. Get a Seasonic G or X series or a Corsair HX/AX. The CX series is known to have capacitor issues when heavily loaded.
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March 27, 2013 3:15:41 PM

"needs to be good enough to cool overclocked GPU and CPU"...

The only coolers I know of, that are capable of cooling both CPU/GPUs are water cooling setups, but you are not going to get that with your budget.

Do you mean CPU-only ? If so, for your budget, you can try the Hyper 212 series as suggested by tenaciousk, or try a Thermalright (any big tower, like the Archon or the Silver Arrow), or a Noctua equivalent. Scan.co.uk sometimes has steep discounts on some Thermalright coolers.
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March 27, 2013 3:22:34 PM

The Hyper 212 is certainly a great value, but it's not going to handle high overclocks nearly as well as other coolers. Anort13 has some great suggestions - other top-performing CPU coolers are the Tuniq Tower120 Extreme, the CoolerMaster TPC812, the Noctua NH-C14 (similar to the NH-D14), and the Xigmatek Dark Knight SD1283. Those are all air coolers that perform at least as well as the Noctua NH-D14 (slightly better, in some cases - the NH-C14 and Tower120 Extreme are both quieter, as well). Source.
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March 27, 2013 3:27:47 PM

I'm more into closed-loop water coolers because they're usually more silent, takes up less space and looks a lot better. However air coolers does bring better temperatures for the price and the Noctua NH-D14 is just about the best air cooler you can get for your money.

So that leaves liquid cooling pretty much out of the picture, if you want the lowest temperatures for your money.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Noctua-D14-2011-Dual-Radiator-C... - £65



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March 27, 2013 3:32:22 PM

lostgamer_03 said:
I'm more into closed-loop water coolers because they're usually more silent, takes up less space and looks a lot better. However air coolers does bring better temperatures for the price and the Noctua NH-D14 is just about the best air cooler you can get for your money.

So that leaves liquid cooling pretty much out of the picture, if you want the lowest temperatures for your money.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Noctua-D14-2011-Dual-Radiator-C... - £65





Closed loop coolers are much louder than air. Also many of then need to be mounted in a way that reduces overall case airflow leading to higher temps on things like the motherboard VRM.
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March 27, 2013 5:20:01 PM

lol i just noticed your not in u.s. my bad.
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March 28, 2013 12:13:42 AM

anort3 said:
The Noctua DH14 or Phanteks PH TC14. Best air coolers on the market. Or the H100/H100i for closed loop. More expensive and louder but slightly better cooling than air. I prefer air.

Don't get a Corsair CX series for Crossfire HD 7970s. It will work but the CX line is Corsair's budget series for a reason. A high end GPU setup deserves a high end power supply. Get a Seasonic G or X series or a Corsair HX/AX. The CX series is known to have capacitor issues when heavily loaded.


Oh, sorry for confusing you, it's not crossfire 7970s its X2 which is the dual fan thing. Thanks :) 
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March 29, 2013 1:51:40 PM

Made my decision. Going for the H100i. Thanks
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