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Which CPU Cooler better for an OC i5 4670k?

Hello.

Basically, I am building a custom PC with a i5 4670k.

The i5 4670k (Stock at 3.4ghz) will be OC'd to 4.2GHZ.

What I want to know is which CPU Cooler will be better and reduce the CPU temperature and bang for buck.

The Noctua NH-D14 or Xigmatek Dark Knight Nighthawk SD1283. The price difference is about £30 and want to know which one is better.

Also, when stress testing the i5 4670k, what will the aprox temp be for both CPU Coolers when the i5 4670k is at 4.2ghz?

Thanks a lot! Help will be really appreciated.

(Also, I'm not going to buy the 212 Evo as it's not available at the site I'm buying my PC from)
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  1. The Noctua is definitely better, but if you're on a tighter budget I'd recommend the Scythe Mugen 3 Rev. B (PCGH Edition). Temperature will vary depending on case, airflow, other fans, motherboard ... so it's rather impossible to give a number. Both the Noctua and the Mugen won't have any problem keeping it cool. No experience with the Xigmatek.
  2. What sight are you buying from?
  3. Wouter Termont said:
    The Noctua is definitely better, but if you're on a tighter budget I'd recommend the Scythe Mugen 3 Rev. B (PCGH Edition). Temperature will vary depending on case, airflow, other fans, motherboard ... so it's rather impossible to give a number. Both the Noctua and the Mugen won't have any problem keeping it cool. No experience with the Xigmatek.


    The case will be a Zalman z9 Plus. It has 4 in built 120mm fans. Check out neweggs video for more info about the case. So you recommend I pay an extra £30 for keeping it super cool? I've seen reviews on the Xigmatek and they it's a great cooler!
  4. Uther39 said:
    What sight are you buying from?


    From www.dinopc.com
  5. The Noctua NH-D14 is definitely a step above the Xigmatek Night Hawk, but that's also why it's so much more expensive.

    Not to muddle the issue, but a third option, the Thermalright True Spirit 140 might be a good third option to consider. You can find it on Amazon. It should be in the price range of the Xigmatek Night Hawk, but should give better performance, especially in the sound level department.
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    TheBeastNose said:
    The case will be a Zalman z9 Plus. It has 4 in built 120mm fans. Check out neweggs video for more info about the case. So you recommend I pay an extra £30 for keeping it super cool? I've seen reviews on the Xigmatek and they it's a great cooler!


    Au contraire, I'd recommend to save the money (or spend it on another part of the build :p) and go for the Scythe. Its a monster like the Noctua, but with a price comparable to your Xigmatek.

    Nice case btw, does it come in a USB 3.0 version?
  7. Calculatron said:
    The Noctua NH-D14 is definitely a step above the Xigmatek Night Hawk, but that's also why it's so much more expensive.

    Not to muddle the issue, but a third option, the Thermalright True Spirit 140 might be a good third option to consider. You can find it on Amazon. It should be in the price range of the Xigmatek Night Hawk, but should give better performance, especially in the sound level department.


    Great! I guess I'll go with the Noctua since I have spare money lying around and I have what parts I need for now! Thanks a lot!
  8. Wouter Termont said:
    TheBeastNose said:
    The case will be a Zalman z9 Plus. It has 4 in built 120mm fans. Check out neweggs video for more info about the case. So you recommend I pay an extra £30 for keeping it super cool? I've seen reviews on the Xigmatek and they it's a great cooler!


    Au contraire, I'd recommend to save the money (or spend it on another part of the build :p) and go for the Scythe. Its a monster like the Noctua, but with a price comparable to your Xigmatek.

    Nice case btw, does it come in a USB 3.0 version?


    I guess I'll go with the Noctua! Since I am not spending anymore on other parts, might as well go with this! Thanks a lot for all your help! Really appreciated. Also, can you check my thread on the overclocking area please?
  9. If you're willing to spend the money, it really is hard to knock on the Noctua. Even if it is finally starting to become (just barely) eclipsed by other coolers, it's still pleasantly quiet and an overall solid cooling solution. Just remember that it is a lot of weight on your motherboard.

    Lastly, if you're using all four DIMM slots, make sure you have a proper amount of clearance for your RAM. Other than that, you should be good to go.
  10. Calculatron said:
    If you're willing to spend the money, it really is hard to knock on the Noctua. Even if it is finally starting to become (just barely) eclipsed by other coolers, it's still pleasantly quiet and an overall solid cooling solution. Just remember that it is a lot of weight on your motherboard.

    Lastly, if you're using all four DIMM slots, make sure you have a proper amount of clearance for your RAM. Other than that, you should be good to go.


    Sounds great! Also, can you check my thread in the Overclocking section please? I would really appreciate help there! Thanks again!
  11. So your buying a pre-built PC, why dont you lets us see the final spec and price for any reccs we might have for you, could help you.
  12. Uther39 said:
    So your buying a pre-built PC, why dont you lets us see the final spec and price for any reccs we might have for you, could help you.


    Check my thread in Overclocking for the specs!
  13. Give us a link.
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