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October 28, 2010 12:17:20 PM

Hey,

So I'm going to buy one of these days a NZXT Phantom:





As you can see, it has a lot of space and a lot of fans (2x200mm top, 3x120mm one back two right side, 1x140mm front, 1x200/230mm right side).
My setup will include an i7 950 and 2x Gigabyte GTX460 with light (medium at maximum) overclock.
What I would like to know is:
1) What CPU cooler fits best to my needs? I was thinking about a Scythe Yasya or something like that, do you think it's good?
2) Apparently, the Phantom 200mm holes fit only for the NZXT 200mm fans, being actually 192mm, but the 230mm hole is ok. Ae there 230mm no led, quality fans? I've searched everywhere without finding anything. Hell, even a 230mm to something adapter would be perfect, but nothing. Any ideas?

My priority is silence and good performance. Price is not really a problem (as long as we don't talk about ultra-expensive stuff! lol).

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October 28, 2010 2:29:50 PM

good case choice.......... you only have to worry about height available for the cooler considering you could have a side fan (it doesnt come with it in originally)...........

since the picture shows a noctua nh-u12p (thats 158mm in height) you should have enuf clearance......... my suggestion (if budget is not a problem) would be the following air coolers in that order

1. Thermalright Silver Arrow
2. Noctua NH-D14
3. Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B
4. Thermalright Venomous X RT
5. Scythe Ninja 3
October 28, 2010 2:57:27 PM

The NH-D14, the Venomous X and the Silver Arrow aren't really out of budget, but I would like something a bit cheaper.
The Megahalems would be good if it had a fan!
The Ninja 3 is ok, I guess. That's more or less the price of the Yasya.
Any cheaper yet good and silent alternatives?
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October 28, 2010 4:38:40 PM

abully's suggestions are good imo.
Even if you buy a Megahalems or reg.Venomous X you still need to add fans.
The cost creeps up to D-14,Silver Arrow range which already have two fans included.
If you want quiet Noctua and Thermalright pretty much come like that out of the box.
The Yasya is a good cooler but mounts without a backplate(push/pins) a turn off for alot of folks.
Also what do you consider quiet?
Quiet for me would be anything under 35db.
Silent around 25db and under.
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October 28, 2010 4:38:48 PM

Coolmaster hyper 212+ is great for the money, (usually around $29.99) quiet and fine for all but extreme overclocks
October 28, 2010 8:07:29 PM

I would like it pretty silent, since it will be on 24/7 in my bedroom (although it's a big room, it's still in the same room).
I'm looking a few reviews, and I'm now considering the Mugen 2 instead of the Yasya Even if I buy the clips and a new fan to make a push-pull configuration, the price would still be at least 20€ less than a D14 or a Megahalems + fan. For that price, I can get a NH-U9B, but I don't know if it's really better than a Mugen 2.
Oh, and I'm still searcing a solution for the second problem, about the 200mm fans. Any ideas?
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October 28, 2010 9:00:10 PM

Just so you know a PC with all those fans will be kinda noisy even on a low setting.
October 29, 2010 1:11:43 AM

+1 for the hyper 212 but change out the fan for a pair of coolermaster's rifle bearing fans - relatively quiet and move a lot of air - they also come in several colors of LED for a few bucks more
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October 29, 2010 1:50:26 AM

SHNS0 said:
I would like it pretty silent, since it will be on 24/7 in my bedroom (although it's a big room, it's still in the same room).
I'm looking a few reviews, and I'm now considering the Mugen 2 instead of the Yasya Even if I buy the clips and a new fan to make a push-pull configuration, the price would still be at least 20€ less than a D14 or a Megahalems + fan. For that price, I can get a NH-U9B, but I don't know if it's really better than a Mugen 2.
Oh, and I'm still searcing a solution for the second problem, about the 200mm fans. Any ideas?

The Mugen is a good choice just make sure your ram isn't over 33mm tall if you plan on filling out the dimms.
October 29, 2010 4:52:28 AM

The Hyper 212+ is also nice and cheap, cheaper than the Mugen 2.
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October 29, 2010 9:38:05 AM

SHNS0 said:
The Hyper 212+ is also nice and cheap, cheaper than the Mugen 2.

I wouldnt go for it considering the processor you are gonna have.......... NH-U12P is also a very good choice considering its price..........

But honestly for a few ec=xtra bucks go for the top end ones.......... they will take care of every aspect u r looking for..........
October 29, 2010 4:12:52 PM

Maybe I found a good deal for a Megahalem!
What type of fans suit best for such a cooler?
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October 30, 2010 10:40:31 AM

Go for 2 PWM fans in push pull config with a Y splitter (PWM).......... the following are good fans for consideration

1. Sharkoon Silent Eagle 120MM (for around $18)
2. Scythe SY1225SL12LM-P 120mm (for around $10)
3. ARCTIC COOLING AF12PWM 120mm (for around $10)
4. Nexus PWM Series D12SL-12PWM 120mm (for around $12)
5. GELID FN-PX12-15 120mm (for around $15)

The Y splitter would be something like this

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


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