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August 22, 2012 2:00:18 AM

Hey guys I am building a new small rig with a complete custom wood case, i recently traded a 3770 to a friend for a 3570K and i am curious what you think is the best cooling fan you can buy. I am certainly looking at only air, not liquid cuase its too expensive. I have a Noctua NH-D14 on my 3770K on my main rig which does an damn good job but I need something significantly cheaper and smaller somewhere in the range of 30$. Also, I am trying to do some serious overclocking on this cpu so that is why i need an aftermarket fan.

btw i want it to look pretty sexy as well becuase most of the case will be see through

I've been looking at the following:

Cooler Master Hyper N 520
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Freezer 7 Pro Rev2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZALMAN CNPS5X Performa
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 22, 2012 3:48:57 AM

geofelt said:
When you say smaller, what dimension are you talking about?
Height or fan size?

Small coolers with 92mm fans will be noisy and not cool as well.

For a sexy cooler, look at zalman. For example:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Yeah that one is pretty nice.
By smaller I mean like it extend out from the mobo pretty far but not up towards the top of the case much as the Noctua NH-D14. So mostly all of the single and even double fans are ok just not the huge huge ones like Noctua.
So with that in mind, which is the best Zalman (not the low profile one, don't need low profile).?
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August 22, 2012 2:20:00 PM

The NH-D14 is about 160mm tall. It is the same height as many other tower type coolers. It looks big because it covers a lot of the motherboard.
If your case design can handle a cooler that tall, then I suggest you use one. If expense is a problem, then the cm hyper212 or similar will be about $30.

For looks, it would be hard to beat the Zalman CNPS9900ALED
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It is 152mm tall.

Zalman makes others with smaller fans that are less tall too.
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August 22, 2012 11:59:12 PM

geofelt said:
The NH-D14 is about 160mm tall. It is the same height as many other tower type coolers. It looks big because it covers a lot of the motherboard.
If your case design can handle a cooler that tall, then I suggest you use one. If expense is a problem, then the cm hyper212 or similar will be about $30.

For looks, it would be hard to beat the Zalman CNPS9900ALED
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It is 152mm tall.

Zalman makes others with smaller fans that are less tall too.


Hm, ok. It seems like the Zalmans do look the coolest but do you think they have good enough cooling for say 4.6+ GHz?
Also what do you think of this one? I like the LED fan and size of it
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-106-...
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August 23, 2012 1:13:05 AM

iyzik said:
Hm, ok. It seems like the Zalmans do look the coolest but do you think they have good enough cooling for say 4.6+ GHz?
Also what do you think of this one? I like the LED fan and size of it
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-106-...


I have no idea if that cooler is any better than the cm hyper212. You might look for some reviews.
You will find that most coolers with 120mm fans are about 160mm tall.

It depends on your luck with the particular chip sample.
I would say 4.6+ is very agressive and demands a top cooler in a well ventilated case.
Realistically, how high do you really need?
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August 30, 2012 1:06:26 AM

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