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December 14, 2010 12:42:11 AM


This is my first build. I would like to try and overclock(nothing crazy). I'll be getting an i7 950, Asus p6x58d-e in a Lian Li PC-a70f case. Noise isn't an issue because the computer will be in another room. I'm using it for music so I will be using 24gb Kingston HyperX for large sample library streaming. So I want to make sure no dim slots get blocked by the cooler. Here's the coolers I was considering


Corsair h50 -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermalright Archon
http://www.platinummicro.com/product.asp?pf_id=CCARCHON

Cooler Master H212 -
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

Any other suggestions welcomed that won't block my ram. Haven't heard back from Cooler Master ( love the price :)  ) but the other 2 are good to go.

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December 14, 2010 1:28:53 AM

I would go with the Hyper 212+, as it provides the best price to performance ratio. It shouldn't block any slots & can be setup in a pull method, if blocks a slot, and achieve the same results.
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December 14, 2010 4:48:13 PM

The Corsair will stay out of the way nicely and keep thing cool and quiet.

It is 3x the price of the Hyper, but it is the one I'd choose.
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December 14, 2010 7:52:00 PM

I like the idea of not having all that weight on the mobo with the H50. The Lian Li PC-a70f has two rear 120mm fans so I was thinking I could hook the radiator to the bottom back fan as intake (which corsair recommends) and the top back one would suck out the hot air. This should work well right? The case also has 2 front 140mm fans but no top fan.
CASE - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 14, 2010 9:03:53 PM

divingin said:
I like the idea of not having all that weight on the mobo with the H50. The Lian Li PC-a70f has two rear 120mm fans so I was thinking I could hook the radiator to the bottom back fan as intake (which corsair recommends) and the top back one would suck out the hot air. This should work well right? The case also has 2 front 140mm fans but no top fan.
CASE - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Nice case, and yes I think that would work well. Some have problems when the case has only 1 rear fan slot.

As mentioned there are better coolers you could buy for the money but the H50 is a good cooler and very compact. The main gripe seems to be the price and it stuggles under heavy overclocking when compared to the huge Noctua etc. On this review using the fan as another exhaust fan isn't out of the question.

http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cases_cooling/corsai...
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December 15, 2010 3:09:37 AM

Since you wont be overclocking crazily, the Hyper 212 plus will do enough for you.. You may also consider the Corsair A70 (personal recommendation over the 212 plus) on that note..
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December 18, 2010 2:27:01 AM

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Nice case, and yes I think that would work well. Some have problems when the case has only 1 rear fan slot.

As mentioned there are better coolers you could buy for the money but the H50 is a good cooler and very compact. The main gripe seems to be the price and it stuggles under heavy overclocking when compared to the huge Noctua etc. On this review using the fan as another exhaust fan isn't out of the question.

http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews [...] 0_review/1


Interesting review. This is a hard descision for a first time builder :ouch: 
So an i7-950 OC to 3.5 isn't considered heavy overclocking right?
I'm gathering from reading about that the H50 is easier to install. Reading that with the big air coolers you can over tighten and have ram problems as well as strain on the mobo - this scares me being a first timer.

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Since you wont be overclocking crazily, the Hyper 212 plus will do enough for you.. You may also consider the Corsair A70 (personal recommendation over the 212 plus) on that note..


That A70 did well in this review which has a great chart comparing many coolers -
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1389/6/
Looks like it may block a ram slot though. I'll have to shoot them an e-mail.

Heard back from Cooler Master and the H212 won't block any ram slots on the Asus board. Just thought I'd put that info out there.
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