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CPU Cooler for an existing system. i7 4770K, Maximus Hero VI with G.Skill trident

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December 30, 2013 1:07:28 PM

Hi Guys,

I bought my system over black friday. I have the stock cooler on i7 4770K, and I am looking to buy a CPU cooler (I don't really need it, but I got 50$ gift card from new egg due to iron egg price guarantee for my G.Skill trident 2400 2X8 GB, bought at 170$ and was reduced to 120$ day after cyber monday)

My problem is that I have G.Skill trident X RAM and I know there are issues with using CPU Coolers with it because of their huge heat fins, I know you can remove it but I don't want to remove. I am looking for advise from people who have the same components that is:
i7 4770 K with G.SKill trident X on a Maximus Hero VI.


Guys with similar systems, can you please help me choose a CPU cooler?

I am looking at Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler, Noctua NH-D14, Enermax ETS-T40-TB 86.7 CFM CPU Cooler, Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK.

as i have 50$ to spend I wanna be as close to a it while buying the best possible CPU cooler (considering I might OC in future) I am ok with spending more money, rather than leaving 5-10 $ which I wont be able to use ever.

Here is my complete build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $215.00)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For $183.00)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory (Purchased For $120.00)
Storage: Seagate 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $99.00)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (Purchased For $490.00)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN822N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter (Purchased For $14.00)
Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case (Purchased For $69.00)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $59.00)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) (Purchased For $0.00)
Other: Battlefield 3 (Purchased For $4.50)
Other: Bioshock infinite + 2 +1 (mac and PC) (Purchased For $15.00)
Other: Batman Arkham Origins (Purchased For $0.00)
Other: Assassin's Creed Black Flags (Purchased For $0.00)
Other: Tom clancy's splinter cell: blacklist (Purchased For $0.00)
Other: Company of heroes 2 (Purchased For $21.50)
Total: $1290.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-30 15:54 EST-0500)



PS: this guys seems to able to get the the noctua working with G.Skill trident: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/IN9
a c 82 à CPUs
December 30, 2013 1:14:47 PM

Well, the only cooler that is under or close to 50 dollars is the Hyper 212 Evo. Considering your Ram issue, I'd actually buy: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair h90 cooler. It'll fit with your Ram not problem and provide good performance. Fits on the back, top 140mm fan slot of your case.

Here is a Tom's comparison to the NH-D14:



Lists both when it's used as an intake and exhaust option.
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December 30, 2013 1:19:14 PM

I am ok with going over the budget, I am actually not OK with going under :)  what will I use 10 dollars for ?

Hyper 212 evo is 39$, plus I got a promotion coupon in mail giving me additional 20% off on CPU cooler. If my ram wasn't an issue I would have done with Noctua.
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December 30, 2013 1:22:14 PM

If you have basic man(ual) skills you can adjust the fan height on the 212.

With that said, I'd spend some more on closed loop watercooled.
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December 30, 2013 1:23:25 PM

Swordkd said:
Well, the only cooler that is under or close to 50 dollars is the Hyper 212 Evo. Considering your Ram issue, I'd actually buy: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair h90 cooler. It'll fit with your Ram not problem and provide good performance. Fits on the back, top 140mm fan slot of your case.

Here is a Tom's comparison to the NH-D14:



Lists both when it's used as an intake and exhaust option.


I am hoping to avoid water cooling due to obvious reasons : ) i worry too much that I would wake up with water in my cpu, GPU lol

but even if i was isn't H110i better? I mean I know nothing about water cooling as I never looked into it.
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December 30, 2013 1:32:26 PM

Trenchcoat said:
If you have basic man(ual) skills you can adjust the fan height on the 212.

With that said, I'd spend some more on closed loop watercooled.



What kind of manual skills, I am ok with screwdriver but can't grind and stuff.
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December 30, 2013 1:33:19 PM

I would like to re-iterate my point:

1. Guys with similar motherboard, processor and RAM, what CPU cooler do you use?
2. I am ok with going above 50 rather than going below 50.
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December 30, 2013 1:44:49 PM

Closed loop cooling systems are extremely easy and if you dont buy refurbished you'll be more than fine and you dont have to worry about ram clearance plus they look sexy
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a c 594 à CPUs
December 30, 2013 5:36:55 PM

The 212 EVO is good on this combo up to about 4.5 ... unless you plan to run 24/7, I had a 212 EVO on my build (in sig) while waiting for the CM GTS V8 release, (had it pre ordered), and it was fine up to about 4.4 24/7 then temps started to creep at 4.5 and up running all day every day....a nice thing with the EVO is can use any DRAM - most people don't seem to realize you can adjust the fan height - you'd think if the people had ever used one - they'd know this - when people insist on low profile with a EVO I tend to have second thoughts on all the say ;) 
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a c 594 à CPUs
January 3, 2014 4:48:43 PM

Let us know how it goes
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January 6, 2014 9:49:58 AM

Tradesman1 said:
Let us know how it goes


sure will.
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January 6, 2014 9:50:59 AM

Tradesman1 said:
Let us know how it goes


Do you have any idea what is the thermal paste that they supply with their Coolers? is it the thermal fusion Or nano fusion? Did you use an after market paste?
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January 6, 2014 1:54:09 PM

I generally always just use AS (Arctic Silver) been using it for years, the CM comes with a small tube of their Thermal Fusion
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January 6, 2014 1:58:25 PM

Tradesman1 said:
I generally always just use AS (Arctic Silver) been using it for years, the CM comes with a small tube of their Thermal Fusion


I've been trying really hard to search online to figure out that info? If you don't mind can you share the source? And what method do you use to apply the paste? Pea, Rice, cross lines or spread with finger covered in plastic?

I went through this entire post actually:
http://archive.benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?Itemid=62...
maybe the cross is the best? unless one is comfortable spreading with fingers but one needs to know how thick to apply.
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a c 594 à CPUs
January 6, 2014 2:07:18 PM

I generally do a thin X and a then place the sink on it and twist right, then back left to mount position and lock them down - always seems to spread nice and even, what you quote above is just me, AS has been around forever and I've always liked it, the CM Thermal Fusion came with at least the last half dozen or more 212's I've used (generally throw them in a box and give them to anybody that need some)
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January 6, 2014 2:09:03 PM

Tradesman1 said:
I generally do a thin X and a then place the sink on it and twist right, then back left to mount position and lock them down - always seems to spread nice and even, what you quote above is just me, AS has been around forever and I've always liked it, the CM Thermal Fusion came with at least the last half dozen or more 212's I've used (generally throw them in a box and give them to anybody that need some)



But how do you know it's thermal fusion or nano fusion? Because from what i've read, it doesn't come with any label?
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a c 594 à CPUs
January 6, 2014 2:21:40 PM

Just pulled the last tube I got and it says Thermal Fusion
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January 7, 2014 11:17:41 AM

Tradesman1 said:
Just pulled the last tube I got and it says Thermal Fusion


oh, the forums said it does not say anything, thanks for taking the time,.
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a c 594 à CPUs
January 7, 2014 3:51:05 PM

No worries ;) 
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March 19, 2014 9:06:08 AM

Jesus, how did you get everything so low in price? Even now I cannot build that for that little...
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March 19, 2014 9:14:37 AM

closefan said:
Jesus, how did you get everything so low in price? Even now I cannot build that for that little...


Glad someone appreciates the efforts I put man, I bought it around black friday/cyber monday. Got lucky with ram as I bought it for 170 but they reduced the price a day after cyber monday(if it were cyber monday iron egg guarantee sou;don't have apple), and I had iron egg price guarantee so they gave me refund of 50. The best deal was the i7 4770K + Maximus hero for 370$ + tax (combo offer at micro center). I haven't seen the price on i7 4770K go that low but I think u can get it for 250 :)  enroll to the new eggs mailing list.
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March 19, 2014 9:24:51 AM

You have the exact build i want. i am going to model mine after yours really. maybe different case but i am really impressed with the 1290 pricetag. thats a steal. Can I ask why you went with core i7 4770k and not Core i5-4670K ? I want a gaming rig with a little editing power. But i dont edit that much and could get away with OC the i5.
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March 19, 2014 9:27:28 AM

Keep in mind, this included 50$ in MIR (I've received the 30$ for antic for still waiting for 20$ from rose will) Also, I didn't have to spend money on Windows 8 ( I have biz spark license through my work) Happy hunting man.
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