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April 21, 2013 7:34:11 PM

Hey guys,

I am planning on building a new system in a few weeks with a FX-6300. I do plan on overclocking in the future, so I figured when I build it that I should just go ahead and buy an aftermarket cooler while I'm at it. Here's where my question is. Water or air? These are the two coolers that I am looking at currently.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Which one do you guys think would be better suited for me? I plan on using the rig for mostly gaming, plus some other stuff. My budget for a cooler is 100 and below.

Thanks!
April 21, 2013 7:47:14 PM

Hey,

If you plan on going for air cooling. I would definitely recommend you the Noctua NH-D14 air cooler which I'm using currently. It is a perfect air cooler, runs silent enough and as cool as a water cooler. The price may seem expensive but I really think you should check it out.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 21, 2013 7:53:58 PM

erdem84 said:
Hey,

If you plan on going for air cooling. I would definitely recommend you the Noctua NH-D14 air cooler which I'm using currently. It is a perfect air cooler, runs silent enough and as cool as a water cooler. The price may seem expensive but I really think you should check it out.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I had actually looked at that before, and while I have the upmost respect for the D14, I just don't like the strain it puts on the motherboard. Not to mention it's massive. I will do a little more checking into it though.

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April 22, 2013 7:02:19 AM

thecrazyman said:
erdem84 said:
Hey,

If you plan on going for air cooling. I would definitely recommend you the Noctua NH-D14 air cooler which I'm using currently. It is a perfect air cooler, runs silent enough and as cool as a water cooler. The price may seem expensive but I really think you should check it out.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I had actually looked at that before, and while I have the upmost respect for the D14, I just don't like the strain it puts on the motherboard. Not to mention it's massive. I will do a little more checking into it though.



You're right about the strain it puts on motherboard but I had no issues about the strain while my board is strongly attached to the case. And yes it's massive if your case has enough space it is the topmost air cooler as you know. Another choice of mine was the Noctua NH-U14S which is still a good cooler I think never made a research about it though just looked into the catalog. Keep this one in mind.
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April 22, 2013 8:19:02 PM

erdem84 said:


You're right about the strain it puts on motherboard but I had no issues about the strain while my board is strongly attached to the case. And yes it's massive if your case has enough space it is the topmost air cooler as you know. Another choice of mine was the Noctua NH-U14S which is still a good cooler I think never made a research about it though just looked into the catalog. Keep this one in mind.


Wow, that's actually a good looking, sizeable cooler. I'll definitely look at that for sure. I can't seem to find any info though, or any place to buy it.

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April 22, 2013 9:30:35 PM

I actually prefer the Corsair H80. I still do have a Noctura D14 that I used for awhile on my 2600k and it's a great air cooler for the money. The only problem I had with it is the massive size and motherboard strain.

The H80 has been wonderful for my 2600k. Even when I had a 4.8 ghz OC running 1.37V through the CPU the H80 kept my prime 95 load temps around 67c. When I had the D14 on there temps would get up into the Mid 70's C. So it's actually worked out better in terms of temperature.

Plus the H80 is compact and puts minimal strain on the Mobo. The only problem with it was the noise those damn stock fans would make at full blast. I hated those things. get yourself some cougars and you will be good to go. I still have the D14 on my AMD system and it cools great.
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April 22, 2013 10:31:00 PM

I run an FX 6300 clocked to 4.5 Ghz and my 212 Evo keeps it under 45c even after 24 hours of prime 95. It's a great low cost high performance cooler.
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