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Best Cooler for 2700K?

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October 2, 2012 11:55:37 PM

my situation

- Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Mobo: GA Z77X-UD5H http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
- RAM: SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) low voltage http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- I plan on putting two 670s in there as well.
- I plan on getting at least a modest overclock out of the 2700k.
- First time builder



I am assuming that I will have room to put pretty much anything in the Storm Sniper, but would like some expert opinions. I want to keep my 2700K as cool as possible without being too noisy.


Here are some heatsinks that I have been looking at:

(~ $90) Phanteks PH-TC14PE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(~ $80) Thermaltake CLP0587 140mm CPU Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(~ $85) Noctua NH-D14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(~ $85) Noctua NH-C14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(~ $100) COOLER MASTER Hybrid TEC RR-B2P-UV10-GP 120mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



It's my understanding that the Noctua and Phanteks are similar, with the Phanteks being cooler and the Noctua being the quietest. I don't know which Noctua, the C or D, would work best for my setup, but I do know they are both really big. Maybe too big?
The other two also look pretty good.

I might also consider liquid cooling, but I don't really know the advantages/disadvantages. How much cooler will it keep the cpu than, say, the Phanteks would? How much louder? Is there a real risk of leaking? Would it be unwise to move the case with liquid cooler hooked up? etc.


(~ 110) Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007UIX1RE/?tag=pcpapi-20

(~ $90) Antec KUHLER H2O 920 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(~ $95) CORSAIR H100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Which of these should I choose for my setup? They all cost within $30 of each other, so price isn't much of a factor here for me. But I only want to pay extra for better cooling or noise reduction. I'm not concerned with how it looks in my case.

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a b K Overclocking
October 3, 2012 4:25:24 AM

i'd reccomend the NH-D14 out of all the ones you listed, it's one of the best air coolers on the market

when it comes to watercooling, i would avoid pre build watercooling kits, but instead go for a true watercooling kit, which are pricey
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a b K Overclocking
October 3, 2012 4:35:40 AM

I would also recomend the NH-D14 its a very good cooler but a little expensive

if you are looking to save some cash you can go with the cooler master hyper 212 evo
only a few degrees warmer than the NH-D14 but a heck of alot cheaper

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 241 K Overclocking
October 3, 2012 11:40:22 AM

Phanteks PH-TC14PE beat Noctua NHD-14
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October 3, 2012 12:59:47 PM

You can try getting the Noctua NH-D14 with 3 Noctua NF-F12s fans like this.



It comes supplied with mounting clips for 2 fans, but you can email Noctua and request additional clips. They'll send it to you free of charge.
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October 3, 2012 3:31:06 PM

henydiah said:
Phanteks PH-TC14PE beat Noctua NHD-14

by how much?
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a b K Overclocking
October 3, 2012 4:08:27 PM

even between the three coolers (ND-H14, Phanteks PH-TC14PE and Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo) we are talking no more than a few degrees C....to me thats not worth the extra cost over the Hyper 212 Evo unless you are planning on getting the absolute highest OC you can get out of your cpu...which 99/100 dont....IMO save some cash and go with the CM Hyper 212 Evo (nearly a third the cost of the other two) and get an extra fan on there
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a b K Overclocking
October 3, 2012 4:29:18 PM

drums101 said:
even between the three coolers (ND-H14, Phanteks PH-TC14PE and Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo) we are talking no more than a few degrees C....to me thats not worth the extra cost over the Hyper 212 Evo unless you are planning on getting the absolute highest OC you can get out of your cpu...which 99/100 dont....IMO save some cash and go with the CM Hyper 212 Evo (nearly a third the cost of the other two) and get an extra fan on there


I kind of agree with him BUT if you really do want the best you can get then the Thermaltake 2.0 Extreme is probably your best bet.And yes there are risks of leaking but htey are extremely low and the temperatures will be quite a bit lower compared to the other air cooler and especially the CM Hyper 212 Evo.
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a b K Overclocking
October 3, 2012 5:53:42 PM

henydiah that is a great link that has exactly what we needed....looking at it I was surprised that the difference was that big...upwards of 10c diff between the phanteks and the hyper 212 evo under load....still though to me unless he is going for OC record setting I would get the evo....unless he just want the best of the best for bragging rights
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October 3, 2012 6:33:52 PM

stock heatskink ftw :D 
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a b K Overclocking
October 3, 2012 7:58:01 PM

does anyone else look at the OP's name and see the p the e's and the n i s and think bad things? lol everytime I see this thread come up I am like wth?...oh nvm
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October 10, 2012 8:18:16 AM

Get an evo for like 20 bucks. Spending an extra 60 dollars for a two degree celsius difference doesnt really seem reasonable.
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