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What option is best to cool a o/c'd 3770k?

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November 18, 2012 9:18:19 PM

Hi! :) 

My system so far:

i7 3770k
Gigabyte Z77X UP5
16gb 1600mhz Corsair vengeance
Gigabyte GTX 670
Cooler Master HAF-X Case
Corsair AX 850 PSU

I have a 3770k I plan to o/c increasingly (up to at least 4.7ghz) and wish to know what would be the best cooling option:

1) Noctua NH D14 - about $190NZD - heard very good things about but that it doesn't match the Hyper and is more expensive
2) Cooler Master V6 GT - about $100NZD - looks cool, but don't think it will rank up
3) Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - about $50NZD - cheapest option and apparently outranks pretty much any other cooler
4) Corsair H80 - $159NZD - simple closed water cooling that will be required for the best o/c

The biggest question I have is whether the Hyper or the H80 is the best option for future / higher o/c? And will either require low-profile Ram?

And the thermal paste I was planning on using was the Tuniq TX-4 which apparently gives great conduction and is easy to clean off ($13NZD)

Any help with making a selection would be great :bounce:  THANKS!

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November 19, 2012 2:30:29 AM

I am building a computer and got some sound advice from a regular builder with a in depth and technical understanding of computers and suggested I get, and got. A Cm hyper 212 plus.

Head over to either pcpartpicker, or sign up for newegg emailer and you will see it onsale. I got mine for:

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe
Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible
with Intel ...
Item #: N82E16835103065
Standard Return Policy
$29.99 on sale
November 19, 2012 2:31:16 AM

oh that is going on a z77 board with a 3770k btw
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November 19, 2012 3:14:04 AM

Noctua DH-14 is pretty much the best of the best when it comes to air cooling. Cools great, and I've heard that it's quite quiet as well. I don't think a Hyper 212 would cut it if you're going for a 4.7 GHz (24/7?) overclock. I have a Corsair H100 cooler on mine, and at 4.6 GHz, it sits at 79c while running Prime95.
November 19, 2012 4:58:20 AM

Newegg doesn't work for me - I'm in New Zealand so the $ is smaller (hence bigger numbers)

I have read how much better then Noctua is if money is disregarded.. :bounce: 

HOWEVER - I could get the H80 cheaper- would it cool better than the Noctua?

Bearing in mind I have a push/pull system - 230mm side, 200mm front IN and 140mm back, 200mm x2 OUT - would the Noctua benefit more from that than the H80?

I can't get the H100 without losing one of the top 200mm fans (or both - not sure) but thanks for the suggestion JohnGalt1 :D 

This was to be a 24/7 o/c (until flatmates complain about power usage ;)  my Corsair PSU should help though haha ;)  ) and I was hoping to get 50-60c with the fan system and reasonably low ambient temperature we have here :D 


1) Noctua OR
2) H-80 (cheaper - would have the outlet fans replace my rear 140mm fans - love CM for the 120mm holes in the case - just in case ;)  ) OR
3) H-100 (more expensive and goodbye to my lovely push/pull system)

Also thinking of noise - which option would be loudest? As from what I've read - Corsair H 80/100 aint exactly quiet...(so how is water doing much better than the Noctua's air cooling? )

Thanks for all the input! :D 
November 19, 2012 5:06:20 AM

PS Would either system require low-profile RAM? I'll have Corsair Vengeance or Low-profile - about $12NZD difference

PPS SO the CM V6 GT is no good? It looks awesome next to the Noctua tbh ;)