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July 6, 2013 10:45:53 PM

Hey everyone!
I've finally built my first pc and I need some recommendations for a CPU cooler. I'm currently using the stock Intel cooler that came with my i5-4670 and I've definitely noticed that the CPU gets hot when I play games on Ultra :D  So basically has anyone got recommendations for a good CPU cooler, I'm not loaded so something relatively cheap would be good as long as performance is still good.
I'd also like to get some fans, my Silverstone Redline RL01 comes with one 120mm fan and has room for either 2 x 140mm + 1 x 120mm or 3 x 120mm fans. Any recommendations within those sizes that are quite, well performing and prefferably with red LEDs :) 
Thanks everyone!

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July 6, 2013 11:07:57 PM

THe best budget cooler is the Cooler Master Hyper 212: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or for a few bucks more the Plus edition.


As for the fans, Cougar Fans are real nice, but not LED if I'm not mistaken. Corsair makes some really good high end fans, but again aren't LED. Xigmatek makes some pretty great fans (what I have in my build) and have a variety of LED colors. Cooler Master also has pretty good LED fans and have a new one coming out soon which looks real nice. I have also been wanting to try out Bit Fenix's line of LED fans, but haven't gotten to it yet.
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July 7, 2013 12:28:39 AM

fatboytyler said:
THe best budget cooler is the Cooler Master Hyper 212: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or for a few bucks more the Plus edition.


As for the fans, Cougar Fans are real nice, but not LED if I'm not mistaken. Corsair makes some really good high end fans, but again aren't LED. Xigmatek makes some pretty great fans (what I have in my build) and have a variety of LED colors. Cooler Master also has pretty good LED fans and have a new one coming out soon which looks real nice. I have also been wanting to try out Bit Fenix's line of LED fans, but haven't gotten to it yet.


The Cooler Master cooler looks good, thanks a lot!
As for the fans I'll check out the Xigmatek ones now. For you personally are they fairly quiet? And yeah I was eyeing those BitFenix fans, they have some serious lighting :D 
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July 7, 2013 7:29:44 PM

This is the one that I have personal experience with: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Its a fixed RPM white LED fan, but it moves a good amount of air and is incredibly quite. To give you an idea, I have 5 120MM, a 140MM, and a 200MM, plus a Swift Tech H220 and when I have the H220 pump turned down my system is quiter than my PS3. My only negative on the Xigamtek fans are that their screw holes aren't already threaded, so its a pain to thread them in, but its totally worth it! The wire braiding looks great and is of excellent quality.

And thats the very reason why I was eyeballing those Bit Fenix fans! They seem like they are made real well too. After I get some money saved up I'm going to grab a few.
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July 7, 2013 11:17:37 PM

fatboytyler said:
This is the one that I have personal experience with: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Its a fixed RPM white LED fan, but it moves a good amount of air and is incredibly quite. To give you an idea, I have 5 120MM, a 140MM, and a 200MM, plus a Swift Tech H220 and when I have the H220 pump turned down my system is quiter than my PS3. My only negative on the Xigamtek fans are that their screw holes aren't already threaded, so its a pain to thread them in, but its totally worth it! The wire braiding looks great and is of excellent quality.

And thats the very reason why I was eyeballing those Bit Fenix fans! They seem like they are made real well too. After I get some money saved up I'm going to grab a few.


Oh wow, they do sound good. Definitely gonna grab a couple! And hahaha yep those BitFenix fans look great, but man how many spots for a fan does your case have?!? It must be massive 0_o
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July 7, 2013 11:40:07 PM

Furiion52 said:
fatboytyler said:
This is the one that I have personal experience with: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Its a fixed RPM white LED fan, but it moves a good amount of air and is incredibly quite. To give you an idea, I have 5 120MM, a 140MM, and a 200MM, plus a Swift Tech H220 and when I have the H220 pump turned down my system is quiter than my PS3. My only negative on the Xigamtek fans are that their screw holes aren't already threaded, so its a pain to thread them in, but its totally worth it! The wire braiding looks great and is of excellent quality.

And thats the very reason why I was eyeballing those Bit Fenix fans! They seem like they are made real well too. After I get some money saved up I'm going to grab a few.


Oh wow, they do sound good. Definitely gonna grab a couple! And hahaha yep those BitFenix fans look great, but man how many spots for a fan does your case have?!? It must be massive 0_o


I've got two front 120s, a side 200 (Or dual 140s/120s), a rear 120, a bottom 140, and 2 120s on top (also the location of my radiator). I also removed my HDD cages (Velcroed my SSD to the bottom of my 5.25" bays) so I'm thinking of taking a dremel and making a spot for another bottom 140 haha.
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July 8, 2013 2:37:13 AM

fatboytyler said:
Furiion52 said:
fatboytyler said:
This is the one that I have personal experience with: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Its a fixed RPM white LED fan, but it moves a good amount of air and is incredibly quite. To give you an idea, I have 5 120MM, a 140MM, and a 200MM, plus a Swift Tech H220 and when I have the H220 pump turned down my system is quiter than my PS3. My only negative on the Xigamtek fans are that their screw holes aren't already threaded, so its a pain to thread them in, but its totally worth it! The wire braiding looks great and is of excellent quality.

And thats the very reason why I was eyeballing those Bit Fenix fans! They seem like they are made real well too. After I get some money saved up I'm going to grab a few.


Oh wow, they do sound good. Definitely gonna grab a couple! And hahaha yep those BitFenix fans look great, but man how many spots for a fan does your case have?!? It must be massive 0_o


I've got two front 120s, a side 200 (Or dual 140s/120s), a rear 120, a bottom 140, and 2 120s on top (also the location of my radiator). I also removed my HDD cages (Velcroed my SSD to the bottom of my 5.25" bays) so I'm thinking of taking a dremel and making a spot for another bottom 140 haha.


Holy crap... I have a front 120mm, rear 120mm and 2 x 140mm/2 x 120mm on top. That's it hahaha. And nice job velcroing your SSD, this is my first build and I nearly had a heart attack when I realised that I was missing a mobo standoff, I can't even imagine having to velcro my SSD hahahaha :D 
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July 8, 2013 6:09:29 PM

Some pics and specs of the build?


And the HDD cages were hindering my airflow, so I thought I'd give it a try. Works flawlessly. SSDs have no moving parts so theres nothing to make it work loose.
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July 9, 2013 4:48:23 PM

fatboytyler said:
Some pics and specs of the build?


And the HDD cages were hindering my airflow, so I thought I'd give it a try. Works flawlessly. SSDs have no moving parts so theres nothing to make it work loose.


Hahaha nice. And some pics and specs... lol I only have pics of each component as I was assembling it. Give me five minutes to take some. In the meantime here are my specs:
Intel i5 4670
Intel Stock Cooler
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870XT
Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600mHz
ASrock Z87 Pro4
Kingston SSD Now 300 64GB
WD Blue 1TB
Silverstone Redline RL01 with Window
Silverstone Strider 500W
TP-Link 300mbps PCI-e WiFi Adapter
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July 9, 2013 5:47:18 PM

Sorry if I sound like an absolute retard but how the hell am I supposed to post a pic from my pc?!? The only option is via the internet :/ 

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July 9, 2013 6:22:12 PM

Furiion52 said:
Sorry if I sound like an absolute retard but how the hell am I supposed to post a pic from my pc?!? The only option is via the internet :/ 



You need to upload it via imageshack, imgur, photobucket, etc. and then when you make a reply you either just directly link it or theres a little picture icon right above the text box that allows you to imbed them.

Nice build though! Hows the GPU treating you?
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July 9, 2013 10:06:33 PM

I'll answer your question in a sec, at the moment I'm on my laptop and I have my pc lying next to me and a new 120mm fan in my hand, question is where do I put it? Top or rear?
EDIT: I just found out I can put one on the bottom ;) 
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July 9, 2013 10:52:34 PM

better to put it in the rear to maximize exhaust.
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July 9, 2013 10:59:45 PM

c4capricorn said:
better to put it in the rear to maximize exhaust.


Rear... Alright, I was thinking top, like above the cooler fan. Hmmm I might stick on the rear though now that you mention it.
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July 9, 2013 10:59:45 PM

c4capricorn said:
better to put it in the rear to maximize exhaust.


Rear... Alright, I was thinking top, like above the cooler fan. Hmmm I might stick on the rear though now that you mention it.
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July 10, 2013 12:37:21 AM

Thanks :)  will appreciate if u can mark it as solution
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July 10, 2013 10:40:21 AM

What is your current fan configuration?

If your GPU fan are intake (like mine, just check by sliding a piece of paper infront of the fans) then put it at the bottom as an intake. This will maximize the airflow into the GPU. My front two, bottom, and side are all intakes. My top 2 and rear are all exhaust. Its great airflow and it works with physics. As air warms it rises, which is exasctly the my fan setup is designed to operate.
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July 10, 2013 10:42:58 PM

Nice you got it all figured out intelligently :)  Well I bought one of those 120mm Xigmatek fans and I confirm what you said before. They are a pain in the *** to install. So much so that I realized that I was screwing the screws into the wrong side for it to be an exhaust for the rear so I was like screw it, and I stuck on one of the top ones. So basically it's sucking in air directly onto the GPU and it also allows the CPU cooler to have a constant stream of air. On that note I bought the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and it is also a pain to install :/  But I got there in the end (2 hours -_-) and I played Skyrim on Ultra for an hour, CPU didn't go above 30 Celcius :D 
BTW I'm uploading some pics now I'll post the links in a sec.
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July 10, 2013 10:57:39 PM

Here you are my rig :)  Sorry about the really bad lighting, its cloudy outside, my light is dim and my phone has no flash :/  I'm fairly sure the first few photos are the newest ones with the new cooler and fan, and the last few are before the new stuff. Don't cry when you see my cable management... If you can give me some tips on improving that go ahead :D 

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July 11, 2013 2:53:07 PM

Furiion52 said:
Nice you got it all figured out intelligently :)  Well I bought one of those 120mm Xigmatek fans and I confirm what you said before. They are a pain in the *** to install. So much so that I realized that I was screwing the screws into the wrong side for it to be an exhaust for the rear so I was like screw it, and I stuck on one of the top ones. So basically it's sucking in air directly onto the GPU and it also allows the CPU cooler to have a constant stream of air. On that note I bought the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and it is also a pain to install :/  But I got there in the end (2 hours -_-) and I played Skyrim on Ultra for an hour, CPU didn't go above 30 Celcius :D 
BTW I'm uploading some pics now I'll post the links in a sec.


Haha yea man, but they are a real nice fan.

And its not a bad looking build, but the cable management </3
And you said that is a 7870? Didn't realize all of Sapphire's cards looked identical haha. Looks just like my 7950.

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July 11, 2013 9:10:51 PM

fatboytyler said:
Furiion52 said:
Nice you got it all figured out intelligently :)  Well I bought one of those 120mm Xigmatek fans and I confirm what you said before. They are a pain in the *** to install. So much so that I realized that I was screwing the screws into the wrong side for it to be an exhaust for the rear so I was like screw it, and I stuck on one of the top ones. So basically it's sucking in air directly onto the GPU and it also allows the CPU cooler to have a constant stream of air. On that note I bought the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO and it is also a pain to install :/  But I got there in the end (2 hours -_-) and I played Skyrim on Ultra for an hour, CPU didn't go above 30 Celcius :D 
BTW I'm uploading some pics now I'll post the links in a sec.


Haha yea man, but they are a real nice fan.

And its not a bad looking build, but the cable management </3
And you said that is a 7870? Didn't realize all of Sapphire's cards looked identical haha. Looks just like my 7950.



I forgot to take some pics of it when its on :/  But yeah cable management </3 hehehe
And yeah I noticed that when I was researching for GPU's, Sapphire's higher-end cards have the same coolers. And besides there's only a tiny performance difference between the 7870XT and the 7950 :p  OK, BIG difference XD
Gonna take a pic of it on...
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July 12, 2013 6:46:11 AM

I have two or 3 molex cables not in use, And I have a lot of things running off of it haha. Fan controller, fan, anda PWM splitter. But yea, just try to route all those cables behind the mobo if possible, I am not sure how the management side of that case is. But I like the color scheme. I currently have a blue and white LED with a black case setup, but I ripped the blue LED fans from an old Antec case, so I am eventually going to replace those with red LEDs and go for a red/white/black build.
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July 13, 2013 1:29:32 AM

Thanks, eventually ill get the rig set up in blue, white, red. Your rig sounds pretty nice too, you got any pics handy? Also yesterday after my message I took my pc put took the panels off and pretty much unplugged everything. I spent a good maybe 2 hours re-routing stuff but its so worth ot. Im quite happy with how it went but I ran out of small black zip ties. Today I was busy breaking a world record :D  and tomorrow is my birthday so Ill finish it off on monday probs. If I can get on my pc (on my phone now) then ill upload a pic of how it is so far.
Also thanks again for recommending that cooler its brilliant, and the fan too, now that most of the cables are out of the way, even the bottome of the GPU stays pretty cool!
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July 14, 2013 12:14:09 AM

Hahaha, from Intel Stock Cooler, to water-cooling, like a boss :) 
BTW I stuffed up reconnecting some cables... my power LED doesn't work and neither do my front USB 3.0 ports :/  oops
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