Looking at a better heat sink for my first PC build. I've read a lot about the NH-D14 but then came across a comparison chart that showed the NH-C14 was better at cooling by roughly 3-4 degrees( is this down to the fans being positioned differently?).
And also I was wondering if the U14S would be a good choice instead of the huge D14?
I know the CM Hyper 212 Evo is a great cooler and is well priced but I'm pretty set on a Noctua from reviews and comments I've read.
Or is Phanteks the way to go?
I'll be using a 3570k, GTX 760, 8GB Ram (low profile to accommodate), 250GB SSD.
I was considering the U14S as the D14 is quite bulky and I'm a bit worried it'll stress the motherboard if it weighs too much.
I think the Hyper 212 Evo comes with 1 fan so that made me think the U14S would be a good.
You can add a second fan with ease. I would recommend the 212 EVO if your PC gets moved a lot , as big air coolers could break the motherboard in half. Also try for a water cooler if thats the case. Say a Corsair H60 or H80i...................
I'm not going to be moving my tower much if at all but the concern of a huge cooler straining the motherboard is a concern.
In regards to the Water Cooler, I have considered water cooling (I like the idea and looks) I've been warned about pipes splitting or coming undone. Does this happen? I would have thought they were completely sealed and solid. And apparently the water coolers are louder than air coolers.
Also would I need to add extra fans to my case? I figure with 2 fans built in to the front and back of my case along with an aftermarket cpu cooler I'd be ok.
I'm going to go with the NH-C14. It seems to do a better cooling job than the D14 but it's a slight bit louder but it'll probably be barely noticeable and also comes with 2 x 140mm fans as opposed to the D14 which comes with 1 x 140mm and 1 x 120mm.
I went for the H75 in the end. The case I got is quite small and the heat just took up so much room.