Advice on cooler for first time oc

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

QX9650

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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  1. 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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018&cm_re=noctua_cpu_cooler-_-35-608-018-_-Product

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

    XIGMATEK Aegir SD128264

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233087&Tpk=SD128264%20Aegir


    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.
  2. Does your RAM have heatsinks or are they plain?
  3. hyper 212+ case closed but if you wanna break 4.0GHz you might wanna dabble in water cooling
  4. No the RAM is plain and no 212+ where I'll be shopping from, http://www.dabs.ie/category/components-and-storage,cases--cooling-and-power,cooling/11258.
    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
  5. 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.

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zalman/CNPS_10X_quiet/5.html
  6. The XIGMATEK Aegir SD128264 gets really good remarks and it's better than the

    http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1126&page=4
  7. The Aegir performs about 6c better(lower) than the CNPS10X Quiet
  8. 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
  9. oh and the CNPS10X Quiet is €39.36 while the NH-D14 is €78.79
  10. only seeing your comment about the heatsinks now so hopefully it'll be grand, just to decide on which one
  11. 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.
  12. Look at these coolers and see if any are aviable in your area.

    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
  13. 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 :)
  14. 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.
  15. 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..
  16. Here's the Q3 2010 rankings from BMR

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=447&Itemid=62

    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
    Titan FENRIR TTC-NK85TZ

    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)

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=674&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=4

    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.
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