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April 9, 2014 10:54:10 AM

So, this is my build
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Landru/saved/4iiG
and I'm looking to buy a liquid cpu cooler for it. (I would go with air, but I'm going to have to transport this thing a lot, and I don't want to risk that much weight on the motherboard.) I can't decide, what cooler would be best, but I have narrowed it down to the corsair h100i or h110, and the nzxt kraken x60. I know that the h110 and the kraken are too big for my case; I'll just buy the Fractal Arc XL instead if I get one of them. I have looked at numerous reviews, but I just can't find a clear answer. I'm looking for a good balance between noise and performance, and it should be good quality because I don't want it to spill all over my other components. So, what do you guys think is the best option? If you have another suggestion besides the three I listed, that would be fine too. Thanks in advance for any help!

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April 9, 2014 11:34:20 AM

The H100i is an excellent choice. Spending more will get you small gains.

Other good picks are:

NZXT Kraken X60 and the Corsair H110 (2x140mm fans instead of 2x120mm on both of those)

Here's some decent references to compare models and performance:

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=276...
and
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Corsair-H75-CPU-...

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April 9, 2014 3:32:02 PM

NZXT Kraken X60 < I prefer the kraken x60.
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April 10, 2014 4:00:59 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
NZXT Kraken X60 < I prefer the kraken x60.


Why do you prefer the Kraken? What's better about it?
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April 11, 2014 8:05:35 AM

maddogfargo said:
The H100i is an excellent choice. Spending more will get you small gains.

Other good picks are:

NZXT Kraken X60 and the Corsair H110 (2x140mm fans instead of 2x120mm on both of those)

Here's some decent references to compare models and performance:

http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=276...
and
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Corsair-H75-CPU-...



Thanks for the temperature and noise comparisons. I think I'm going to go with the h110, because I use linux 90% of the time (windows 8 is just for gaming), and I don't want to have to try to deal with the software of the other two.
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