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December 6, 2011 11:18:12 PM

Hi Everyone,

I have recently finished my first build and am considering different cooling for my CPU as the stock cooler doesn't quite cut it.

I was thinking along the lines of;
CoolerMaster V10 Hybrid TEC:
CoolerMaster V8 CPU Cooler:
Or even a water cooled H80 or H100 from Corsair.

I have a Core i7 2600K with stock cooling for the moment. My Case is a HAF-X so i don't think the size should really matter, and my motherboard is an ASRock Extreme 7 Gen 3.

I also have another question in regards to the stock thermal paste on the CPU cooler when i purchased it.

Should i have wiped that thermal compound off and applied some aftermarket paste i have purchased? I will definitely be doing this with this next cooler.

Thanks to anyone that can help. :) 

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December 6, 2011 11:23:19 PM

By the way, i am aware of the misleading title, sorry to anyone who's confused :p 

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a b K Overclocking
December 7, 2011 12:46:39 AM

Yep, clean the old thermal paste off with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol.

Regarding the aftermarket coolers: the top air cooler is the Noctua D-14 I don't know how the CM coolers rate against the Noctua.

The Corsair H100 seems to be the top rated cooler by Tom's, but the Antec 920 received the top rank from Real World Labs

I prefer a closed loop cooler because it exhausts heat directly outside the case, and it provides better circulation. I modded the Antec 620 in my rig to a dual 120 mm fan in push/pull configuration and get results approaching the Antec 920.

There are lots of good aftermarket coolers out there. Decide whether you want a big heatsink or a closed loop, then look at reviews to find the best for your use.
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December 7, 2011 2:13:04 AM

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