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December 20, 2013 11:07:32 PM

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CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($380.44 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($113.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($52.49 @ Amazon)
Headphones: Razer Kraken 7.1 Channel Headset ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Other: The Joker Mouse Mat ($12.95)
Other: Rosewill Computer Kit ($19.99)
Other: TTE Poseidon ($79.99)
Total: $1557.71
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I'm going to be OC-ing my 45670k somewhere around 4 to 4.5ghz and I want a cool looking cpu cooler. I was originally planning on going with an h100i but then i've heard so much about how bad the fans are and how loud they are. what are some good brand cpu coolers? maybe if I don't fine one that suits my needs I'll get an h100i hope that the fractal design r4 block the sound of the fans or hope that they won't give me problems and then down the line get some replacement fans.

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December 20, 2013 11:18:07 PM

It doesn't just have to be a liquid cooler, air coolers are acceptable, as long as they don't look too bulky or they look very cool or nice since i'm using a windowed build
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December 20, 2013 11:25:00 PM

Well just about any air cooler is going to be big and bulky sadly. But here are some choices

1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3.http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2...


The last one is a option but not one i would go with. I just built one with it and after 5 min of prime95 on a core i7-4770K @ 4.3GHZ it was at 71c. I know thats still relatively cool but still a little too hot for my tastes,
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December 20, 2013 11:32:14 PM

Boss Cat Johnson said:
Well just about any air cooler is going to be big and bulky sadly. But here are some choices

1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3.http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2...


The last one is a option but not one i would go with. I just built one with it and after 5 min of prime95 on a core i7-4770K @ 4.3GHZ it was at 71c. I know thats still relatively cool but still a little too hot for my tastes,


there's one that looks very steampunk-ish
http://www.amazon.com/Thermalright-Silver-Arrow-SB-E-Un...
is it any good? i've seen several others that look somewhat "cool" looking. this one sort of appeals to me.
thanks for the help also, I appreciate it
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December 20, 2013 11:41:05 PM

RocketRaccoon717 said:
Boss Cat Johnson said:
Well just about any air cooler is going to be big and bulky sadly. But here are some choices

1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3.http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2...


The last one is a option but not one i would go with. I just built one with it and after 5 min of prime95 on a core i7-4770K @ 4.3GHZ it was at 71c. I know thats still relatively cool but still a little too hot for my tastes,


there's one that looks very steampunk-ish
http://www.amazon.com/Thermalright-Silver-Arrow-SB-E-Un...
is it any good? i've seen several others that look somewhat "cool" looking. this one sort of appeals to me.
thanks for the help also, I appreciate it


I dont have any experience with that cooler but it does fit your socket and looks like it will do very well. I did a little research on it and the few reviews that i found on it say its really good. Some were even saying that its on par or better than the Noctua NH-D14.
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December 20, 2013 11:47:17 PM

Also just as a side note. If you do decide to go with a huge air cooler you will need some low profile ram. Also i don't see any ram in your build. Have you already bought some that you plan to use?
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December 21, 2013 12:07:22 AM

Boss Cat Johnson said:
Also just as a side note. If you do decide to go with a huge air cooler you will need some low profile ram. Also i don't see any ram in your build. Have you already bought some that you plan to use?


yes. just g. skill 8gb sx4 memory
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