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April 13, 2013 5:02:53 PM

I'm looking for the best "bang for your buck" (as in coolest, [in decrees c] quietest etc) cooling solution for my FX-8350, I don't really care either way as to water (closed loop and otherwise) or air does the cooling. I'm dealing with a fairly firm budget of about $150 and a system consisting of:

gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 (rev. 3.0)
AMD FX-8350 (@4ghz but with some OC'ing in the future)
gskill ares 16gb @ 1866 (F3-1866C10D-16GAB)
SeaSonic X Series 650W psu (SS-650KM Active PFC F3) (I may replace this with the 850w if i decide to chuck in a second 7950)
Azza(tek) Toledo 301

at the moment I am looking mostly at closed loop coolers and high end air coolers (for their low maintinance [and they're pretty much all inside my budget, most with a bit left for upgrading fans]) but I am not attempting to overlook the obvious performance of custom loops.

Thanks for any help!
-KLK
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April 13, 2013 5:56:04 PM

As far as pure price to performance goes, your not going to get much better than a 212 EVO. But yea, you want more than that.
Go for the NH-D14, performs the same as a H100i for about $20 less.

Or, if you want to spend all your cash and go for custom loop, for a $150 you can get yourself a low end XSPC Raystorm kit, which will far outperform air and CLC liquid cooling, while also giving you room to expand on it later.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16891/ex-wat-219/XSPC...
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April 13, 2013 7:15:37 PM

At the moment, I am leaning most towards CLC for two reasons... over high end air for height (my case has a ridiculous 250mm fan [I love it!]) with rough measurements I have like 40mm left over if I was to put in the noctua (but I wasn't in the best position for the measuring to it could be really far off) and if I was to put in a custom loop... well I doubt that I could stop myself from ripping off my beloved his x2 cooler and the other heatsinks around and cooling them (which I doubt I have the space to do....) so given that... I seem to have narrowed my choices down... alot... Is corsair the end-all-be-all for CLC cooling or should I look into offerings from Cooler Master or Thermaltake etc?

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April 13, 2013 7:49:28 PM
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have this heatsink,but with 2 Scythe Slipstream 110 CFM fans attached instead of the stock ones that came with it.

Asrock 990FX Extreme 9 \ FX8350 \ 5.1 ghz.\ 1.384 volts \ Max Temps mid 50's

It's HUGE but it gets the job done.

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April 13, 2013 8:09:46 PM

You dont want to custom water-cool because your afraid you'l be tempted to water-cool everything?
Well, you just bit the water-cooling bug before it could. I envy you, I'm too far gone and my wallet is paying for it :p .

The H100i is about the best CLC you can get, there is also the Swiftech H220 that blurs the line between CLC and custom loops, but has a price tag so large you might as well just go fully custom anyway.
April 13, 2013 8:10:18 PM


Lovely to hear form you again Blackbird!
according to newegg's dimensions it should fit... that is if my shoddy measuring is to be trusted (measurements came out to 200mm from motherboard to the crazy 250mm fan I've got) and I love that with air coolers if a fan or (God forbid) two should fail it is essentially unfazed (until fans are replaced) as they're just a big stack of aluminium fins

SR-71 Blackbird said:

FX8350 \ 5.1 ghz.\ 1.384 volts \ Temps mid 50's


and good grief 5.1?! heck that cooler is so far and above the stock its crazy, I pull 70's when I'm gaming (I did prime95 once just for laughs... I wasn't laughing after it hit 80... did a very quick quit before it got any higher)
April 13, 2013 8:25:19 PM

manofchalk said:
You dont want to custom water-cool because your afraid you'l be tempted to water-cool everything?
Well, you just bit the water-cooling bug before it could. I envy you, I'm too far gone and my wallet is paying for it :p .

The H100i is about the best CLC you can get, there is also the Swiftech H220 that blurs the line between CLC and custom loops, but has a price tag so large you might as well just go fully custom anyway.


I know me a bit too well to think I could only custom cool the CPU... Heck the reason I even have my build instead if an upgraded HP is the exact same reason I couldn't let it stop at the CPU :p 

At the moment I am torn between the h100i and Blackbird's suggestion
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April 13, 2013 8:29:36 PM

Either choice will serve you well.

Water time????????????
April 13, 2013 8:48:55 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Either choice will serve you well.

Water time????????????


I think I'll be going with Aeolus (greek god of wind) on this one... but if it doesnt fit well... a quick rma and I'll buy a h100i

maybe even do this ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUbpb23yTK8 ) with it :D  (do i hear 6ghz? :D  )
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April 13, 2013 8:54:42 PM

But Neptune and Poseidon could do with company...

:D 
Tiny Tom Logan is crazy, that video is pretty amazing. I mean, it defies physics in how awesome that water-cooling setup is.
April 13, 2013 9:02:16 PM

Oh i will be paying them a visit... but they're just gonna have to wait a bit, like until I have the money and reason to call on them in a new build ;) 
April 13, 2013 10:06:35 PM

I forgot to ask Blackbird, are those the sickleflow 120 or 140 and what thermal paste did you use, the stock?
April 14, 2013 1:45:11 AM


Oh my god...this is amazing ahaha!! I was laughing so hard throughout the whole thing :lol:  I wasn't sure if he was gonna just troll all the way, but he gave himself away at the end! :(  But even though I know this video is ridiculous and just a joke...I'm almost considering water/liquid cooling just because of this video :D 
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April 14, 2013 2:13:30 AM

keinlebenkonig said:
I forgot to ask Blackbird, are those the sickleflow 120 or 140 and what thermal paste did you use, the stock?


I have no idea myself, but can guess.
They look like 120mm Sickleflows.

IMO, if the cooler comes with some paste then just use that. The difference between the best and worst paste is 3°C, and on that high end a cooler you will get a decent paste with it. Not worth spending $7 for a 1°C drop in temps, if that.
But that said, if you want that 1°C, Arctic Cooling MX-4 is one of the better pastes out there,
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April 14, 2013 5:09:01 AM

keinlebenkonig = water cooling future!

April 14, 2013 11:21:07 AM

that water cooling future may be closer than I thought... the newegg review of the phanteks cooler says that it doesnt come with an amd backplate... what is with that?
April 14, 2013 8:49:40 PM

Ah.. that is brilliant... I wasn't aware that I HAD the backplate already :D  the thought never even crossed my mind... Well off to round up the cash... Then to join the 5ghz club... Hopefully... Thanks for the help as always

Btw love the new avatar, I'm a gun lover as much as a computer enthusiast (bit more experience with the inner workings of the latter though ;)  )
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