My CPUs liquid cooler malfunctioned after two to three years of use, so now I'm looking for a new one.The problem is, I keep running into personal opinions on what I should use to cool my CPU. So now I'm confused and paranoid about what I should buy.
I would like to get away from using a liquid cooler at this point in my life because I don't have the money to replace the parts that could be damaged in a leak. I know that the chance is small but I don't want to take the risk.But on the other hand I just feel like fans are super underwhelming compared to liquid coolers. But I know that for me, liquid coolers may be over kill...But there is that voice inside my head saying that I might need it because I keep my PC on pretty much all day, and then game at night.
The CPU that I have is an Intel i7 950 3.07 GHZ.
The games that I enjoy playing are online multiplayer games like DOTA 2, and Guild Wars 2 (that I like to be able to run at max settings) so I need the cooler to be able to keep my CPU at a decent temperature for a good deal amount of time. I just have this worry since I'm so used to liquid coolers, that a fan cooler will not be enough and i'll only have 1-2 hours of game play.
The fans that I've been looking at are the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, and the Noctua NH-D14.
I'm confused because one friend says that with the hyper 212, a 36 dollar cooler will perform like a 36 dollar cooler. (Which seems cheap) But another friend says to go with that over the D-14 because it's unnecessary. I don't mean to talk behind their backs in case they are reading this....but I need a tie breaker here.
If you guys have any fan suggestions of your own that don't go over 70-80 dollars then please let me hear them.
I would go with the 212 evo. It does its job and if you replace the fans you wont even know its there. I have one and at idle my cpu sits at 30c while overclocked at 4.2 ghz. Trust me I game a lot for hours on end without a problem.
If you are not overclocking the cpu the 212(older plus model) will be fine. Ran an i7 920 @ 3.7 for a good while with it. No problems at all.
That same system now has an NH-D14 on it because I was trying a H80i on my current system(2600k @ 4.4). To be honest I did not take before and after temps, I just did some testing when the coolers had been installed to make sure the temps had been in spec and then never worried about it again.
Both coolers have been subjected to MANY hours of gaming.
I think the 212 performs extremely well for the price.
If cost is no object the NH-D14 is the winner,
(see "Four New Closed-Loop Liquid Coolers Versus Noctua's NH-D14" http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nepton-280l-tundra-...)
However; it is really heavy on the motherboard. Fortunately there are a couple of lighter weight alternatives, the NH-U14S and a smaller NH-U12P.
But don't count the 212 Evo out. It is a very respectable, widely used cooler, and far more cost efficient than the Noctuas. Yes, it can't quite perform to the extreme the D-14's can, but it is lighter and more than sufficient. I have read about a few fan failures in long term use but it seems fairly solid.
I ended up selecting the NH-U12P because of the lighter weight, but it hasn't arrived, so I can't give it much of a review yet.
I would recommend the evo 212. Its highly recommended by the community, and very reliable. When your going with an air cooler there is not as much to choose from, and as the prices get higher there comes a point were it doesnt even make a difference anymore. The 212 does its job and does its job good.