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April 22, 2011 9:07:57 AM

Hello, could you help me choose a good cooler for around €50. Haven't really oc'd before but I'd like to get close to 4ghz

System specs

I'm buying a Corsair Obsidian 650D Mid-Tower, wanted a nzxt phantom but not available where I'm from. Any other ideas are welcome


Asus P5Q Deluxe

Asus 5870 1GB

6GB (2X2GB, 2X1GB)

1.5tb hdd

Ordinary case and stock cooler, idle temps mid 30's, load temps about 50

I was thinking of getting a Scythe Ninja 3 but was wondering if it'd fit and there are so many coolers I'm not sure which one.

Thanks in advance :) 

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a b K Overclocking
April 22, 2011 12:53:05 PM

Can't go wrong with the Noctua NH-D14.It's aruguaibly the best air cooler.But I have heard installtion is a little difficult,but it is worth the pain for the good temps it gives.

Noctua NH-D14

You could go cheaper.Their is the XIGMATEK Aegir SD128264 which is still a really good cooler for the money.

XIGMATEK Aegir SD128264

The Noctua NH-D14 is a really big cooler but you should have no problems fitting it in that case.Your case has about 9" of clearance and the Noctua NH-D14 only requires about 6" and your case doesn't have a side fan so it's nothing to worry about.The Aegir is about the same size in height but much smaller in width/length.If you need some more coolers I can check out some more if you need to.
a b K Overclocking
April 22, 2011 12:54:34 PM

Does your RAM have heatsinks or are they plain?
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April 22, 2011 12:57:23 PM

hyper 212+ case closed but if you wanna break 4.0GHz you might wanna dabble in water cooling
April 22, 2011 1:18:35 PM

No the RAM is plain and no 212+ where I'll be shopping from,,case....
I'm a bit worried about the heatsinks on the P5Q Deluxe motherboard, will they get in the way?

The Noctua NH-D14 is a bit expensive was looking for something a bit lower. Just read a review of the CNPS10X Quiet it looks pretty good for price/performance
a b K Overclocking
April 22, 2011 1:24:04 PM

Heatsinks shouldn't be a problem.Mobo's are designed to acomadate aftermarket coolers.

What is the price for the CNPS10X Quiet in your region?Over in the US it's only $10 cheaper than the DH-14.

According to this review I would think their are far better coolers in that price range.
It seems to not work as well when dealing with high temps.
a b K Overclocking
April 22, 2011 1:29:03 PM

The Aegir performs about 6c better(lower) than the CNPS10X Quiet
April 22, 2011 1:38:56 PM

can't find the XIGMATEK Aegir anywhere over here, must be just out in America :( .
And will these coolers fit in the motherboard, cause its heatsinks pretty much surround the cpu
April 22, 2011 1:41:32 PM

oh and the CNPS10X Quiet is €39.36 while the NH-D14 is €78.79
April 22, 2011 1:48:20 PM

only seeing your comment about the heatsinks now so hopefully it'll be grand, just to decide on which one
a b K Overclocking
April 22, 2011 1:59:56 PM

The coolers should fit.They are raised up a bit to clear the RAM sticks but their all differnt,only issue i've heard is sometimes the pipes from the cooler are to wide and they make contact with the heatsinks.
April 22, 2011 3:05:01 PM

I might end up going with NH-D14, would of got the Frio but not here any more, maybe they've stopped making them.
Anyways thanks for the advice think i'll be well setup for some overclocking soon :) 
a b K Overclocking
April 22, 2011 3:09:45 PM

No they didn't stop making the Frio, it's prolly just not aviable in your area.

Alright Goodluck with that cooler it's the best.
a b K Overclocking
April 23, 2011 2:29:19 AM

Corsair 650D is a really nice case...I also think that the Corsair h60 would work well with the case also...

But if you want air cooling for around $50 i'd go with:

Titan Fenrir
Scythe MUGEN
Scythe YASYA
Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus.

But if you don't mind paying a little extra i'd go with:

Noctua NH-D14
Thermalright Archon
Thermalright Silverarrow
Prolimatech Megahalems

Also keep in mind that good thermal paste cost around $15-$25 more...They also make a difference depending on which brand you buy...From Prolimatech compound to MX-4 compound i seen a 3c difference..

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a c 171 K Overclocking
April 23, 2011 2:43:34 AM

Here's the Q3 2010 rankings from BMR

1st Tier

Prolimatech Megahalems
Thermalright Venomous-X RT
Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG-2100
ProlimaTech Super Mega
Cogage Arrow
ProlimaTech Armageddon
Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme
Cogage TRUE Spirit
Xigmatek Balder SD1283
SilenX Effizio EFZ-120HA4

2nd Tier

Noctua NH-D14
Zalman CNPS10X-Performa
Coolink Corator-DS Heatsink
CoolAge CA-X120TF Wind Tunnel
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
Thermolab BARAM
Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384
Scythe Yasya SCYS-1000 Cooler
Noctua NH-U12P
Cooler Master V6 GT Heatsink
Thermaltake Contac-29 CLP0568
Zalman CNPS10X-Quiet

Latest and Greatest (top air units tested by BMR since since Q3)

Thermalright Silver Arrow
Cooler Master V6 GT

Consult various web sites to get a consensus, give more weight to those whose test beds that use your CPU as heat signatures are different for different CPU's. I lean towards frostytech for LGA 775 ..... BMR for 1366/1155/1156.