I'm planning to overclock my i5 3750K.. but at the moment I'm still using the stock cooler so I'm just a bit wary.
So my budget is £100, I don't really want to go over that.. I'm also not interested in water cooling, I don't want to build a custom loop and as far as I'm aware it's not really worth it for a closed loop?
Really what I'm looking for is just some recommendations on particularly good coolers people have used..
Air: Noctua NH-D14 (The only disadvantage of this is it may block some RAM slots so you would have to get low-profile RAM) Liquid: Swiftech H220 (A bit over your budget and won't do that much better than the NH-D14)
I realize you stated you would not be interested in water cooling but I figured I'd list it anyway.
The Noctua is good and has excellent fans too, but is very large. So you need to see if it'll fit in your case.
Yeah I've heard good things about the Noctua... I've got a HAF X case which is pretty big so I'd hope it would fit, my motherboard has 4 ram slots and I'm currently only using two.. So I guess I could just move my two ram cards to the further away slots if that would fit? Just how big is it...?
I know the Noctua is a favorite but I tried the Silverstone Heligon HEO1, 300W cooler with 1 140mmx38 fan. I added the extra 2 fans that it can have added on (I had 2 scythe 140mm fans laying around, and it comes with the clips) I leave the cooler in silent mode for normal use and turn on the turbo fan switch when I want to bench @ 5GHz or something.
Are you using Ram with tall heatspreaders? or shortys?
Tall. Like I said though, I've still got two spare slots (All my ram slots are next to eachother on the right of my cpu) and I don't plan on adding any more ram anytime soon so I could just move my existing ones over.. Would that fit or is the cooler really that large?
The Noctua is 158x126x120mm with fans. The weight is 1240g and that can put a lot of stress on the mobo.
I see, I'll measure tomorrow to see if it'll fit... Also, I hadn't thought about the weight so thanks for mentioning that, I've got a Gigabyte Z77X-D3H motherboard, will the weight really be a big issue? I would have assumed motherboards would generally be pretty resilient?
Mobo are designed to handle stock cpu cooler which are not very tall or heavy. That why after market coolers have a cpu back plate to reinforce the mobo. The weight of the cooler hangs off the mobo so time and moving of the computer can cause stress fractures.
Yeah, my HSF is equally massive but It stands up from a horizontal MB not standing up in a tower. Gigabyte has some pretty thick high quality motherboards though, so unless you move your tower around to lan events the weight shouldn't be a problem with the supplied support.