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December 15, 2012 2:08:48 AM

Its time to find a cooler for my awesome new build!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Before we start here are some important things---------
1.CPU is OC'd to 5.0-5.2 Ghz (i7 3970x)
2.Case is a RV02 E.

THE CONTENDERS
1. The ever popular NH-D14
http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2.The slightly less known but equally liked SILVER ARROW SBE
(I can only find a link to the non sbe one but if you want it here it is) http://www.thermalright.com/new_a_page/product_page/cpu...
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-ARROWE&c=F...

3. Popular "I-dont-wana-put-together-my-own-water-cooling" THERMALTAKE 2.0 EXTREME
http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_000...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. A put together water cooling system from XSPC because danger den is gone :( 
4a. RAYSTORM 750-I assume this line is the lower end line. If it is, someone say something and ill remove it. Id like to stick high end just to keep the extreme in my new build
4b. RAYSTORM D5-Again im not so sure what the difference is here. I think that the AX line is the high end but the 140mm vs 120mm confuses me since im not sure what would fit in the rv02e. If im right, the 120mm ax360 should beat the 140mm ex420 but im not 100% sure.
http://www.xs-pc.com/products/watercooling-kits/

5. YOUR CHOICE!!!!!
Post another cooler you like. Once I eliminate the first few ill put up a poll for the remaining plus any popular "your choice" candidates.

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December 15, 2012 2:12:50 AM

the best is a water cooling kit but your case is primarily an aircooling chassis i would say either air cooler.
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December 15, 2012 2:22:14 AM

The NZXT Havik 140 performs just as well as the DH14, costs less, and has a lower profile.

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nzxt_havik140/4...

The new Corsair H55 is also a good choice on a budget. Or the new H60 2012. These new versions provide performance comparable to the DH14.

H55 review:
http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/cooling/liquid/3219...

H60 2012 review:
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5089/corsair_hydro_ser...
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December 15, 2012 2:29:18 AM

emperor piehead said:
the best is a water cooling kit but your case is primarily an aircooling chassis i would say either air cooler.

I am told that it is compatible with water though. Is this incorrect?



and how hard is it to put together a water cooling kit. Im not experienced in doing a full one by myself.
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December 15, 2012 2:47:09 AM

Cooler Master V10 water cooler 10 heat pipes ,max fan speed is 2400rpm.Also cool ur ram.No dificulty give full colour photos for how to setup the cooler.Its also fun.
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December 15, 2012 5:12:19 AM

hytecgowthaman said:
Cooler Master V10 water cooler 10 heat pipes ,max fan speed is 2400rpm.Also cool ur ram.No dificulty give full colour photos for how to setup the cooler.Its also fun.

will it fit in the case?
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December 15, 2012 7:20:22 AM

<-- owns the black Thor V2. Paired with my Hyper212 (2xFM121 silverstone 110CFM fans) I get some great CPU temperatures. I was in an older full tower (Sunbeam Transformer from `08) and ran a Zalman 9500A. Temperatures decreased by at least 15C total with the case and the cooler change.

Theres ROOOOOOOOOOOOOM in this case. Just make sure your PSU has a long 8-pin cable.. I bought the red extender for mine so I could route it out the back and over. However without it getting to that socket was almost impossible.
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December 15, 2012 7:28:53 AM

Thor's nice, also check out the Dragon rider from Inwin, Takes E-atx and comes with the extender cable for 12v Atx in the box :p 
remove the thermaltake link, its crap, you are better off with the Xspc kits, and of those you are correct, the D5 Raystorm kits are tol,
Custom water would not be far away as you can add rads and blocks later on as you wish
check the W/c sticky if you do go water though
Moto
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December 15, 2012 7:41:44 AM

blacktiger826 said:
will it fit in the case?

Yes fit to u r case. cooler master v10 is the only way to oc upto 5.5ghz without worry.
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December 15, 2012 1:25:57 PM

hytecgowthaman said:
Yes fit to u r case. cooler master v10 is the only way to oc upto 5.5ghz without worry.


Outdated CPU cooler. Stop making false claims. It's against the forum rules. Not to mention it only has support for LGA1366 and LGA775.
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December 15, 2012 1:27:30 PM

Motopsychojdn said:
Thor's nice, also check out the Dragon rider from Inwin, Takes E-atx and comes with the extender cable for 12v Atx in the box :p 
remove the thermaltake link, its crap, you are better off with the Xspc kits, and of those you are correct, the D5 Raystorm kits are tol,
Custom water would not be far away as you can add rads and blocks later on as you wish
check the W/c sticky if you do go water though
Moto


Actually beats the H100 by 5 degrees. ;) 

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermaltake-WATE...
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December 15, 2012 3:39:23 PM

steddora said:
<-- owns the black Thor V2. Paired with my Hyper212 (2xFM121 silverstone 110CFM fans) I get some great CPU temperatures. I was in an older full tower (Sunbeam Transformer from `08) and ran a Zalman 9500A. Temperatures decreased by at least 15C total with the case and the cooler change.

Theres ROOOOOOOOOOOOOM in this case. Just make sure your PSU has a long 8-pin cable.. I bought the red extender for mine so I could route it out the back and over. However without it getting to that socket was almost impossible.

Alright, im not quite sure if the psu has a long power cable since I dont have it yet and I will be ordering it with this upgrade(ive got probably 90% of my parts and am using my old builds other parts....nothing big just the monitor, psu, mouse, ect)

My estimated wattage is 683w without OC and the cpu is the ax860i(corsair) with 860w http://www.corsair.com/en/ax860i-digital-atx-power-supp...

I can always buy an extender though so im not worried much.

Anyway back to the case/cooler-yea I will probably spend a little to get the thor v2 so I can entirely get rid of case compatibility issues. The rv02e is awesome but its not worth having to modify a case this early into its life.

Motopsychojdn said:
Thor's nice, also check out the Dragon rider from Inwin, Takes E-atx and comes with the extender cable for 12v Atx in the box :p 
remove the thermaltake link, its crap, you are better off with the Xspc kits, and of those you are correct, the D5 Raystorm kits are tol,
Custom water would not be far away as you can add rads and blocks later on as you wish
check the W/c sticky if you do go water though
Moto

Ill look into both those cases. I really like the D5 atm the ax360 is awesome. Im a little worried due to my inexperience with water cooling though.

hytecgowthaman said:
Yes fit to u r case. cooler master v10 is the only way to oc upto 5.5ghz without worry.

I don't think its compatible with my mobo and I am also led to believe that custom/put-together-kit water cooling would be better

samuelspark said:
Actually beats the H100 by 5 degrees. ;) 

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Thermaltake-WATE...

any tests vs the h100i?
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December 15, 2012 3:42:21 PM

UPDATE-Ill probably set up a poll now(o wait id need a new thread......maybe later). From what I know water is always better, but im a noob to it. How easy is it to set up?
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December 15, 2012 4:28:57 PM

blacktiger826 said:
UPDATE-Ill probably set up a poll now(o wait id need a new thread......maybe later). From what I know water is always better, but im a noob to it. How easy is it to set up?


It requires you to do some extensive testing to make sure there are no leaks and then change the water every couple of months.
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December 15, 2012 4:43:45 PM

And firstly to read that sticky I mentioned,
properly set up there is no reason for concern and if you keep your water clean, you can run it as long as you like,
but read the sticky and reassure yourself before deciding either way, it may not be what you need, and it gets addictive :) 
Moto
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December 15, 2012 8:23:51 PM

samuelspark said:
It requires you to do some extensive testing to make sure there are no leaks and then change the water every couple of months.

Aparently silver bars(well not quite a bar but a wire I guess) and anti algae/mold/ect. compounds extend the change time. Also there are aparently some specific coolants that decrease temperatures even more. Would you recommend the silver wire, anti algae additive, and/or special coolants?
Motopsychojdn said:
And firstly to read that sticky I mentioned,
properly set up there is no reason for concern and if you keep your water clean, you can run it as long as you like,
but read the sticky and reassure yourself before deciding either way, it may not be what you need, and it gets addictive :) 
Moto

will do. I'm probably either going to go all the way or not at all, meaning I will either get a full water kit for my cpu which I could expand to my gpu(the d5 ax360 should be ok for this) OR I will stick with the NH-D14, NZXT Havik 140, or a comparable.
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December 15, 2012 8:47:03 PM

blacktiger826 said:
Aparently silver bars(well not quite a bar but a wire I guess) and anti algae/mold/ect. compounds extend the change time. Also there are aparently some specific coolants that decrease temperatures even more. Would you recommend the silver wire, anti algae additive, and/or special coolants?

will do. I'm probably either going to go all the way or not at all, meaning I will either get a full water kit for my cpu which I could expand to my gpu(the d5 ax360 should be ok for this) OR I will stick with the NH-D14, NZXT Havik 140, or a comparable.


Haven't ever set up custom water cooling (no funds) so I can't tell you.

Also, is there a reason why you are getting the 1k CPU? There's lower end versions that have the same number of cores and just cut down on cache, but cost hundreds less. Also, don't expect to get guaranteed 5GHz http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5077/intel_core_i7_397...

CPU:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...
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December 15, 2012 9:32:57 PM

samuelspark said:
Haven't ever set up custom water cooling (no funds) so I can't tell you.

Also, is there a reason why you are getting the 1k CPU? There's lower end versions that have the same number of cores and just cut down on cache, but cost hundreds less. Also, don't expect to get guaranteed 5GHz http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5077/intel_core_i7_397...

CPU:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

I already have the cpu and in the rig its in at this moment its running at 5.17GHz-5.22Ghz. Im going to be moving the mobo from that system into my new setup(the new setup is a new case, a new psu, and a new cooler system)

The point of this computer was to be extreme enthusiast. The computer without any externals is in the 8k range( I got it for 4k since I had a special opportunity)

I understand the cpu is pointless compared to one such as the 3930k since the benefit of the 3970x/3960x is small, BUT this is an enthusiast computer and holding to that standard, I bought the best cpu there was at the time.

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December 15, 2012 9:40:30 PM

blacktiger826 said:
I already have the cpu and in the rig its in at this moment its running at 5.17GHz-5.22Ghz. Im going to be moving the mobo from that system into my new setup(the new setup is a new case, a new psu, and a new cooler system)

The point of this computer was to be extreme enthusiast. The computer without any externals is in the 8k range( I got it for 4k since I had a special opportunity)

I understand the cpu is pointless compared to one such as the 3930k since the benefit of the 3970x/3960x is small, BUT this is an enthusiast computer and holding to that standard, I bought the best cpu there was at the time.


I got you.
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