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Best CPU Cooler?

Don't really have a budget but I was wondering what the best CPU cooler is. I'm a first time builder so I don't know if liquid would be good for me but if you think it's easy enough I'll give it a shot. I will overclock for the i7 4770k.
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  1. Be best if you first decide if you want to go air cooling or (closed loop) liquid. I've used both for different reasons.

    I would go liquid if:
    -you have a side window and aesthetics is important to you. For me, I really like the look of the liquid cooling solutions over the big air coolers.
    -you are doing a mini-ITX build and want to overclock.

    I would go air if
    -you don't have a side window and/or if aesthetics don't matter to you.

    There are some decent looking air coolers out there, and a lot of what I am saying is just based on personal preference.

    If you want to go air, look at Noctua's lineup (nh-d14 for example). Arguably the best on the market.

    If you don't have a budget, and you really want to take the plunge, open loop liquid cooling is a whole different ballgame, and would take a lot of homework before you'd want to dig in. Here is the watercooling sticky to give you an idea
  2. jimthenagual said:
    Be best if you first decide if you want to go air cooling or (closed loop) liquid. I've used both for different reasons.

    I would go liquid if:
    -you have a side window and aesthetics is important to you. For me, I really like the look of the liquid cooling solutions over the big air coolers.
    -you are doing a mini-ITX build and want to overclock.

    I would go air if
    -you don't have a side window and/or if aesthetics don't matter to you.

    There are some decent looking air coolers out there, and a lot of what I am saying is just based on personal preference.

    If you want to go air, look at Noctua's lineup (nh-d14 for example). Arguably the best on the market.

    I think I'd be willing to get a windowed for the cool look of liquid cooling but do you think it's simple enough for a first time builder?
  3. What case will you be using?
  4. Besides D14 ^^ I think the D15 is out now. There's the Silver Arrow, Phanteks, megalahelms, and my favorite the TPC-812
  5. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    What case will you be using?

    I'm liking the NZXT phantom 410 red
  6. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Best Buy)
    Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Micro Center)
    Total: $224.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-09 22:24 EDT-0400)

  7. ThePugSniper said:

    I think I'd be willing to get a windowed for the cool look of liquid cooling but do you think it's simple enough for a first time builder?


    The closed loop liquid cooling packages are pretty basic to set up. The H100i is one that I have used in the past. It will depend on what case you have as this will determine what cooler would fit.
  8. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Best Buy)
    Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Micro Center)
    Total: $224.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-09 22:24 EDT-0400)

    Ohh it'd look nice with that case thanks :)
  9. Thanks everyone I think I'm gonna try the h100i :)
  10. I have the Deepcool Gamer ASSASSIN COOLER on my HERO.

  11. ThePugSniper said:

    I'm liking the NZXT phantom 410 red


    The H100i would also fit in this case, but I'm a big fan of corsair as well. The one linked above is a great case.
  12. https://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/
    Ok that's what the final build looks like any suggestions?
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  14. Very nice build .
  15. Thanks once I watch some more videos I'll be able to buy and start :)
  16. Sounds great post pics , when build is completed.
  17. Will do.
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