Hey, I've been looking to replace my AMD 965 stock heatsink. I want to get my processor up to 4gHz without hitting over 60C. I know Noctua and the like are highly recommended, but I'm really looking for something more...stylish? It's in an NZXT Phantom with all purple LED fans and these huge silver monstrosities are just scary.
I was thinking something like a Coolermaster V series? Maybe the Corsair H series? Or maybe the Tuniq Tower 120? Idk, I'm no good at this, if someone could point me in the proper direction.
The items you have mentioned are both water and air cooled. One way to help make decisions like this is to prioritize your preferences.
How much of a concern is:
fluid (they leak sometimes)
installation (might have to pull the motherboard)
moving (...don't want to bounce the system with a huge cooler attached)
Style? well, heat dissipation is directly related to size in a passive cooler, that's why they are so large. Some men like the bragging rights of showing their friends that theirs is bigger....
nickel plating is important because of corrosion, more heat pipes equals more surface area to dissipate heat. If you want to OC your CPU to 4gHz, you may as well accept the size matters argument.
1- Hyper 212+ for $30 bucks can do that.
2- Thermalright Silver Arrow can hit the 4GHz too, but with much better temps that Hyper 212+
3- Forget the V8 or V10, both are crap cooler and very expensive.
4- H50 and H70 aren't good, even, air coolers performs better that both with less price.
5- What is your budget?
I really hate the integrated liquid cooling systems like the H50 and H70 as well as the ECO ALC, they are just a pain in the ass, an NH-D14 beats them, a thermal arrow does too.
So anyways just avoid that sort of garbage, if you want liquid cooling go for a full loop system.
How do I find out what revision it is? I don't want to spend over 100 on a cooler. Anyway to change the fans on the noctuas? fugly things they are.
Well you just blew the budget if you buy a D-14 and change the fans!
It's one of the best air coolers out there but totally unneccessary for your application.
Just choose a high end 160mm tall tower cooler like the ones i've mentioned.
Google reviews for them.