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Air cooling vs water cooling i5-3570k

Hello there!

I am going to buy a new cooler for my i5-3570k, as I have a stock cooler right now. I just can't choose that what kind of cooler should I buy?

I'll tell my PC specs here
-MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V LX2
-CPU: I5-3570K
-RAM: 4x4GB (16GB) Kingston Beast
-CASE: Fractal Design Define R4
-GPU: GTX 660 Ti

And rest:
-SOUND CARD: Xonar DGX
-HDD: Seagate 1TB 64MB
-SSD: Kingston V300 120GB
-PSU: XFX 550w


Should I try water cooling (Corsair Hydro H75 for example), or should I go with air cooling (NZXT HAVIK 140 for example)? Is water cooler more silent than air cooler? Do I get lower temps with water cooler? I don't really know know what to choose. Oh, and I if air cooling is better, I don't want to get any RAM blocking issues. I am going to overclock it to atleast 4.5Ghz. So, what kind of cooler should I get?

Thanks :)
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  1. Where do you live? UK/US or other?
  2. I live in Finland.
  3. Can you post a few links to hardware stores you have over there?
  4. http://www.verkkokauppa.com/
    http://cdon.fi/
    http://www.systemastore.fi/
    http://www.jimms.fi/

    Yes, I know Finland is a bit overpriced, but I can't do anything with it :[
  5. Don't worry mate, I live in the UK and I feel jealous looking at the price of hardware in the USA ;)
    How much is the max that you are willing to spend?
    I'd go for water-cooling IMO, probably something from Corsair like the H60, H80i or H100i.

    ~Phaydze
  6. Well, I think the max price should be 90€. I don't want to get overkill cooler, but just a very good one for my setup. :3
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  8. Thank you for help! I appreciate that! I'll search for some benchmarks of this product :)
  9. No worries, don't forget to pick as solution! :D
  10. Get the H100 or forget about water cooling IMO. Otherwise you might as well just get an air cooler like the NH-D14 in my opinion.
  11. I prefer the H60 to air cooling. It runs my CPU cooler and quieter, and think of Corsair as a very good brand in the computer-verse
  12. Okay. I decided to use air cooling, as it is more quiet than water cooling :] I have searched about good air coolers, and I found this "Noctua NH-D14". I am probably going to buy this, but now I have a new question;

    Does this cooler fit on my case, and does it block any ram etc? You can see my part list on first post.
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