Looking to purchase new fans and a new CPU cooler.

Hello.

As the title suggests, I'm looking for a couple of fans for my new build, but I'm not sure which ones I should get. I've heard that the original Haswell CPU cooler isn't that great and I've been suggested to buy a new one too.

I got a Fractal Design R4 case which has a 120mm slot in front, a 120mm slot on the side and 2 120/140mm slots in the top. I'm planning on placing fans on the side and both of the top slots.

Fans that have been suggested to me:
Side: Scythe 120mm gentle typhoon
Top: be quiet! ShadowWings SW1 140mm Mid speed

Here's a picture of the case:
http://www.fractal-design.com/img_prod/FD-CA-DEF-R4-TI_2.jpg

And here are two pictures of my build:
http://i.imgur.com/8EhclBu.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/VJpexNR.jpg

My build:
2x ASUS GeForce GTX 680 2048MB DirectCUII
Intel i5 4670k
Corsair TX750 V2
Fractal Design R4 chassi
Z87-A Motherboard
2x 4GB Corsair Vengance CL9 1866Mhz RAM

As to the CPU Cooler I've been suggested a Noctua NH-D14, though I'm not really sure that it will fit on my MOBO. Not compatible with my ram sticks.

I also got suggested a Cooler Master TX3 Evo which seems a bit smaller.
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  1. First of all, I have to admit I am a big fan of bequiet products and am becoming a fan of Corsair, too. So, my answer might be a bit biased. ;)

    As for the case fans:
    My personal favorites are be quiet silent wings and the Corsair AF series. IMO, bequiet fans are a bit more quiet but push less air. (Highly subjective statement here.) And both look really great.
    A lot of people love their Noctua fans, too. Especially those NF-F12 seem to have a big fanbase. But I never tried one myself.
    If you want some serious airflow in your case and don´t care too much for the noise, you might want to have a look at those Scythe and Thermaltake highspeed fans.


    As for the CPU cooler:
    The NH-D14 still seems to be one of the best air coolers out there. If you are willing to pay a little more, you might also have a look at the Phanteks PH-TC14PE or the bequiet Dark Rock 2 Pro.
    The DR2P looks really awesome IMO and - depending on the review - even beats the Phanteks in both, performance and noise.
    BUT you need to make sure it fits in your case and over your RAM. And by "fitting" I also mean that you need to be able to access all of the backplate´s screws which - for example - I couldn´t do with the DR2P without removing the motherboard.
    If you don´t have the RAM clearany, you might also want to check out the be quiet Dark Rock 2 or Shadow Rock.
    The DR2 performs only slightly less effective as his big brother but is smaller and cheaper.

    And one last tip: I currently have the Prolimatech Genesis installed which outperformance even the mighty DR2P by a few degrees and also outperforms the Corsair H80i (or was it the NZXT x40?).
    But keep in mind that it comes without any coolers (except for a few bundles). I currently got it running with two 140mm Silent Wings 2.
    Also, keep in mind that you won´t be able to access your RAM at all when this thing is installed. But you only need to unscrew two screws to uninstall it.
  2. Cool case! I wish I had been smart enough to get that one when I bought my own case.

    Here is the compatibility list for the NH-D14. Note that if your motherboard is very new (as all of the Haswell motherboards are) then it may not have been tested yet by Noctua. http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=compatibility_gen&products_id=34

    I own the NH-D14 and can attest to its quality--not just in cooling performance but in support as well. They sell cheap adaptation kits when a new socket comes out so that you never have to buy another CPU cooler. And it keeps an i5-2500k @ 4.6Ghz under 70C while encoding video.

    What are your requirements for the fans? If you don't care about noise, get this crazy Silverstone: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999344 (it only gets noisy once you exceed 1200 RPMs)

    If I wanted a quiet case, I would just buy a bunch of Noctuas. They're expensive, but you cannot hear them--at all--when they operate at full (1200) RPM. And they come with a 6 year warranty.

    How do you like the 680 CUII? I like that ASUS CUII line and am thinking of getting one.

    Out of curiosity, what is your monitor setup?
  3. drewhoo said:
    Cool case! I wish I had been smart enough to get that one when I bought my own case.

    Here is the compatibility list for the NH-D14. Note that if your motherboard is very new (as all of the Haswell motherboards are) then it may not have been tested yet by Noctua. http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=compatibility_gen&products_id=34

    I own the NH-D14 and can attest to its quality--not just in cooling performance but in support as well. They sell cheap adaptation kits when a new socket comes out so that you never have to buy another CPU cooler. And it keeps an i5-2500k @ 4.6Ghz under 70C while encoding video.

    What are your requirements for the fans? If you don't care about noise, get this crazy Silverstone: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999344 (it only gets noisy once you exceed 1200 RPMs)

    If I wanted a quiet case, I would just buy a bunch of Noctuas. They're expensive, but you cannot hear them--at all--when they operate at full (1200) RPM. And they come with a 6 year warranty.

    How do you like the 680 CUII? I like that ASUS CUII line and am thinking of getting one.

    Out of curiosity, what is your monitor setup?


    I checked the site, it seems like it's compatible with my Z87-A, but unfortunetly it doesn't seem to be compatible with my 2x 4GB Corsair Vengance CL9 1866Mhz ram sticks, for some reason. What should I get instead?

    I cannot seem to find the silverstone fan on the site i order from, sadly enough.

    I play at 2560x1600 which works fine with the 680's, but if you're planning on playing on lower resolutions it might be better to get a GTX 780 instead.
  4. Are you going to overclock CPU?
  5. When I did the research for my CPU cooler purchase, a $50 Zalman model was my second choice. I think a lot of people were happy with cheap Cooler Master coolers as well, but I don't see a lot of evidence of serious overclocks (searching through reviews), and I saw some complaints about noise. If you want ~ 1000Mhz overclock, one of those might work well.

    The biggest distinction is having the dual radiator design. Copper is cool, but even Noctua doesn't use a copper heat spreader, and the NH-D14 is arguably the best air cooler out there. Also check the thermal paste that comes with the cooler, as that can have a significant effect on performance. If a $30 cooler comes with $3 paste, you need to buy paste separately.
  6. NH-D14 is arguably the best air cooler out there < Phanteks PH-TC14PE is better , I own both. Noctua is a tad quieter though.

    MX4 for paste.

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    Phanteks PH-TC14PE with Scythe Slipstream 110 CFM fans attached.
  7. drewhoo said:
    When I did the research for my CPU cooler purchase, a $50 Zalman model was my second choice. I think a lot of people were happy with cheap Cooler Master coolers as well, but I don't see a lot of evidence of serious overclocks (searching through reviews), and I saw some complaints about noise. If you want ~ 1000Mhz overclock, one of those might work well.

    The biggest distinction is having the dual radiator design. Copper is cool, but even Noctua doesn't use a copper heat spreader, and the NH-D14 is arguably the best air cooler out there. Also check the thermal paste that comes with the cooler, as that can have a significant effect on performance. If a $30 cooler comes with $3 paste, you need to buy paste separately.


    You sure it's not a bit too huge? It seems compatible with all socket 1150 MOBO'S, but I fear that the Ram sticks will block this one also.

    Anonymous said:
    NH-D14 is arguably the best air cooler out there < Phanteks PH-TC14PE is better , I own both. Noctua is a tad quieter though.

    MX4 for paste.


    Seems to take up the ram sticks aswell sadly enough.

    You meant Arctic Cooling right?
  8. My low profile ram is under the cooler.
  9. I know, but I don't have low profile ones.
  10. Yeah your RAM won't fit: http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=compatibility_ram_gen&products_id=34&lng=en#DDR3_Corsair


    ... although it isn't terribly difficult to give those heatsinks a trim from what I've heard...
  11. Found a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO, what do you think about it?
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