Hey guys! So I'm about to buy the parts of my gaming PC, but I am debating which CPU cooler I should get? I was looking at the Noctua NH-D14 and the Corsair H100. Although it doesn't have to be those ones. It has to be the best for under $120. I am thinking about overclocking the Intel Six Core 3930k to 4.2Ghz or around there. So it's gonna get like 60C! (celsius). I think ... The case is going to be CoolerMaster HAF ATX 932 case. Thanks so much for your help!
Before seeing that review - I almost bought the Thermolab's Trinity, but that cooler experiences thermal runaway fairly early in this test.
I came across a guy running Prime95 with 2x X5650 @ 3.9GHz hitting 65 - 75c while using the Thermalright Silver Arrows
- though he does not mention his vcore, but was having stability issues so maybe was trying a higher voltage while testing
My budget was fairly limited and cannot fit the H100 in my case, so made my choice easier + got a good price on my Noctua
Personally with your case, I would get the Noctua NH-D14. Your case is extremely well ventilated so I don't think you would run into any issues exhausting your hot air.
The H100 is a very nice cooler as well, but I'm personally against them due to the numerous issues with the pump. (I decided to try one out over the D14 last week. Friend sold me one for a ridiculously great price.) Now mind you the H100 I tried was brand new, and it had the dreaded clicking noise coming from the pump.
I returned it right away
Long story short, D14 gets my vote. H100 is nice and all, but it's really more for aesthetics I think.