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Looking for a good/silent CPU cooler

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  • Intel i5
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November 24, 2013 4:18:46 PM

I'm building a gaming PC with an i5 4670k processor. I am not going to OC just yet, but I probably will in the future. I am looking to get a CPU cooler that is cheap/good/silent. I would prefer liquid since it normally is better and more silent, but if there are good options of air cooling I would consider them as well.

So if anyone can recommend me something compatible with the CPU that would be awesome! (So far havent seen a lot compatible with the 1150 socket, and by cheap I mean a $70 one, and not very large, just with a 120mm fan would be ok)

Also, if anyone can tell me how noisy is the stock fan of the i5 4670k I would appreciate it (This because if it is not noisy, I can probably buy the cooler later when I decide to OC)

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a c 190 à CPUs
November 24, 2013 8:53:23 PM

As a general rule, air cooling is a quieter solution than water cooling.

If you are willing to go slightly over budget, you won't get too much better than the Noctua NH-D14 or the Phanteks PH-TC14PE. If you're set on the budget, you should be able to find a Noctua NH-U14S somewhere for $70, that's a good pick, as well as Zalman's CNPS11X Extreme.
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November 24, 2013 10:28:56 PM

Will the Noctua-D14 or NH-U14S fit a Cooler Master Storm Scout case (1 not 2)?

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a c 190 à CPUs
November 25, 2013 8:01:43 AM

The NH-U14S cuts it close. It's height is 165mm, which is the max CPU clearance for your case with the side fans.

The NH-D14 is 160mm in height, but it is a far more wide; RAM with tall heat spreaders, like Corsair Vengeance, have an issue.