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July 2, 2013 10:04:20 AM

Hello everyone, I will be building a computer in a about a month that will use the 4770k, and I would like to know what cooler is necessary for a 4.5ghz overclock. My H80i keeps my 3930k at 40 idle/86 load @ 4.5ghz, so I'm assuming that cooler will do just fine with the 4770k.

I was also wondering if because 2011 CPUs run especially hot, the h80i or h100i would be overkill.

My case (Fractal R4) can accommodate 280mm radiators as well.


Thank you all very much for helping me!

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July 2, 2013 10:08:58 AM

To be honest, it can't hurt to get something like the Swiftech H220. It may be quite excessive, but for less than $50 more, you can have the option for extreme OCing, as well as the fact that this could function as a radiator in a future custom water-cooling loop (if you so decide). If you're stuck for space, the H80i might not be the best idea, as they have thicker radiators; however, I'm assuming that you know this, seeing as you own one.
Overall, it can't hurt to go a little overboard in order to have a ton of options later down the road. :) 
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July 2, 2013 10:14:12 AM

If I got a Swiftech or H100/H110, would a set the fans up as intake or outtake (my cooler would be top mounted). I would not want to be blowing warm air through the radiator (right?), but at the same time, I don't think I should blow cool air through the top because the heat from my other components rises...
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July 2, 2013 10:24:04 AM

King Hackintosh said:
If I got a Swiftech or H100/H110, would a set the fans up as intake or outtake (my cooler would be top mounted). I would not want to be blowing warm air through the radiator (right?), but at the same time, I don't think I should blow cool air through the top because the heat from my other components rises...


I would probably set them up as exhaust fans, so that you aren't blowing warm air back into your case... Keep asking around about that one, though, as I am not completely sure.
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July 2, 2013 11:04:35 AM

Ok thanks. I think I'll save a bit of money by going with an NZXT Kranken... Is this a good 280mm cooler?
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July 2, 2013 11:06:07 AM

I have seen both setups working successfully. To get the coolest air possible to the radiator you can set them up as intake fans. This does heat the inside of the computer, but no more then traditional heatsinks and fans would have.

I prefer the exhaust method so that you have the extra push from the rising air and the coolest air going through the other components.

I am currently using the h80i on the 4770k, peaks at 80C under normal heavy loads (loading game maps seems to be the only thing that can push it to that level, though) and 84C under stress tests.

I actually had slightly better results with a tuniq tower 120 extreme, kept it to 78C, but had to go closed loop to make room for video card closed loop coolers. I've heard good things about the Noctua NH-D14 as well.
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July 2, 2013 11:12:37 AM

How much would it hurt my performance having them as exhaust fans...
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July 2, 2013 11:30:27 AM

Not at all, you might shave a few degrees of of the CPU temps by using them as intakes, but you will heat the motherboard, ram, voltage modules, etc, which are hooked up to the CPU, so it probably neutralizes out anyway.

I don't have any fans directly blowing on the motherboard, so having my intake come from the bottom and front is what I rely on to cool everything else.

I have 3 120mm radiators/fans in my box, all exhaust. Three intake fans, 2 front, one bottom, and a intermediate fan on the back of my drive cage to get the flow past the cage.
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July 2, 2013 11:47:18 AM

I have been involved in the "Ask Me Anything" discusion that is going on right now, and one of the Cooler Master reps said that they will be releasing a V8 GTS in the next few weeks that will costs $89.99 - $99.99. Do you think this will rival/beat the NZXT?
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July 2, 2013 12:52:06 PM

Well the old V8 cooler was around $60 and well rated. A lot of it is aesthetics though. It was also a heavy cooler at 853 grams.
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July 2, 2013 1:22:48 PM

Yeah, dual fans and triple rifle, probably pretty darn good.
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July 2, 2013 1:28:21 PM

Once some reviews are out for the V8 GTS, I'll make my final decision. Thank you very much for all the help you have provided me with :) 
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