Hi, I've already made a generic thread but this time I need some more specific advice on the type (or form-factor) of air-cooling that will work best considering my case, a Hyper Osiris. My CPU is a 1366 i7 975 @ 3.33 (133x25), my MoBo a Gigabyte G1 Sniper and my GPU a GTX 280 that I plan on replacing with a 580 (HOT).
I plan on doing a mild 4.2GHz overclocking (166-168MHz x 25).
The case is a mid-tower with one 120mm fan in front of the HDD bay and a 140mm fan in the 5.25" bay, both on the intake and one 120mm fan in the back plus a 120mm fan on the ceiling, both pushing air out.
I test-fitted a tower-type cooler and it turns out it will fit with literally a few mm of space from the side panel. Thus, I now have two choices:
Get a tower-type cooler like the Coolermaster 212 EVO, the 412S or the 612S (pictured bellow) plus a 120-140mm fan mounted on the side-panel blowing air in over the graphics card:
Get a small form-factor L-shaped cooler like the SilverStone Nitrogon NT06 Evolution or the Coolermaster GeminII SF524 (pictured bellow) plus a 240mm fan, blowing air in over the graphics card and the CPU.
In this case I'll probably have to remove the 140mm fan on the front as it'll just ruin the sideways airflow.
Also, I can find all of the above mentioned coolers for basically the same price (with only a negligible 5 euro difference between the cheapest and most expensive one) so which of the above would you recommend me (or perhaps another in the 35-50 euro price range).
The configuration you described is the classic bottom front to top rear airflow for mid tower and full tower pc cases. A tall tower style cpu heatsink such as the Cooler Master 212 is usually used in this configuration.
As you already noted the L design and the C designs are smaller. They are typically used in smaller cases where there isn't much space available. An htpc case would be one example.
The cooling capacity of the C design and the L design is a little bit less than tower designs but they are repectable. I just order a Noctua NH-C12P SE14 with 140mm fan:
badtaylorx, thank you for your reply, unfortunately I live in Greece and neither solution is available here.
The D14 is available and it looks to be a great cooler but costs double what the 212 EVO does plus, it's already 2 years old and as a model it probably won't outlive this build (will not be able to be installed in the next build, a few years from now). With the 212 I won't mind.
Would you happen to have a different suggestion (brand)?
I am planning to make my purchase tomorrow so if by any chance you would have an additional suggestion I'd love to hear them.
Currently I am going with the 212 EVO (unless I can find the D14 for a bit less).