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December 19, 2012 1:56:37 AM

I need a new CPU cooler. I'm finishing off a build (Will list specs at bottom, still need a couple things, need advice on that too, but mainly the cpu cooler.) And I need a good cpu cooler for 70 bucks, MAX. My case Is the NZXT Lexa s. ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) So it needs to fit in there. I want the Havik 140 but Idk if it'll fit, as it barely fits in the NZXT Tempest 410 elite crafted case, which is about a full inch deeper. I kinda want like the H60 but I've heard closed loop water coolers only last like 2 years, and I need this to last a little longer than that, so Preferably and air cooler. It'd be nice if it looks nice too, but that just depends xD thanks a mil, below is more info on the build]




So far I've bought: ASRock Z77 Extreme4, a 500GB HDD, My ram (16 gigs of something, i can't remember, but it was on sale for like 56 bucks and its nice ram, cas 10, 1600Mhz, DDR3, pretty general) and My case. I need a CPU, GPU, and A CPU cooler. For the CPU I already know I'm gonna get the i5 3570k, which I'd LIKE to be able to OC to 4.2 ghz. more if possible, but I doubt it. I kinda need to know what GPU to get. Either a 7870 or a 7950. I don't wanna spend the extra cash, but I wanna be able to play BF3 at ultra, no AA (AA if possible? idk) with a minimum of 40 fps, if that's even possible. I'm not indifferent to nVidia cards, but I know for a fact The radeon ones perform better for the money. (BF3 is not the only game I'll be playing, just mostly, as I can SMELL the argument that BF3 favors nVidia coming on) so Yeah. Any suggestions for a 200-300? lower the better. thanks.

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December 19, 2012 2:26:56 AM

Ok since people are I guess just too lazy to read that, I'll break this down: I need a new CPU coole that'll fit inside NZXT Lexa s and a gpu for 200-300
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December 19, 2012 2:26:32 PM

just grab a hyper 212 evo.
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December 19, 2012 4:42:26 PM

Tom's Hardware (this website) did a really good cpu cooler review not that long ago. Tested many coolers, and the Noctua NH-D14 came out on top, and will fit in your price range I believe. I personally (as do many others) have the Cooler Master 212 Evo, which is an excellent cooler and priced under $30.

Best bang-for-your-buck, if you ask me.
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December 21, 2012 4:29:56 AM

I need somethin' a little better than that. I don't want a closed loopwater oller and budget is now 50. Kinda eyin' the Dark Night II by that brand I can't spell. I'll followup with links if you want. Lol'd at the (this website)

because I can't read.

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thanks for the advice though. also a black painted heatsync would be great, kinda goin for appearance here as well

Also sorry for spelling etors and stuff, typing on a 6$ keyboard i despise. Can only get out like 30 wpm on here when avg normally is like 65 ;-;
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December 21, 2012 10:08:10 AM

get a hyper 212 evo if you want performance for cheap

get a noctua nh-d14 if you want the most performance out of a heatsink
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December 22, 2012 2:35:49 PM

My price is inbetween. I want something better than the evo that doesn't have to be as good as the noctua.
Looks are important to me, so a black heatsync is nice, since my build is black&blue themed (not opposed to some red)

Something that can hold a 3570k at 4.2-4.5 without going over like 80C after playing BF3 for hours. /if that's possible if not I'd be happy with 3.8-4.0
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December 22, 2012 2:47:40 PM

And I realize that 80C is hot, even for full load, but My current comp gets to like 112C Under full load. so it can't be that bad? xD
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December 22, 2012 2:55:28 PM

I really want that cooler^ If you read my original post, I mentioned that the Havik doesn't fit in my case of choice. (NZXT Lexa S) which I already own. Idk why NZXT Would sell A cooler that doesn't fit in a case of theirs, but it's whatever.
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December 22, 2012 3:03:30 PM

Now, I'm not totally sure it doesn't fit, but I know it fits by just a hair's breath in the Phantom 410, and Lexa S is almost 2 inches shallower.
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December 22, 2012 3:07:41 PM

I think it would fit, the height of the havik 140 is 160mm while the casing without side fan is 166mm, but i can't be sure.
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December 22, 2012 3:21:35 PM

Also which should I buy to go with it; another fan for push pull, or better thermal paste. If push pull I won't buy till later as that can be added on without a huge fuss, but thermal paste cannot, and I'll buy that with the rest of my remaining parts

EDIT: I think that cooler comes with extra thermal paste... would that be good enough or should I get that arctic stuff? Also I think it's kind of funny that "Arctic" thermal paste is gonna be squished against a 200 degree processor.

EDIT2: Also If you do suggest thermal paste, what stuff should I get, with a 15$ budget unless that's just crazy
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December 22, 2012 5:55:47 PM

no dont get xigmatek. not very good quality

no need for extra thermal paste. generally stuff that it comes with is ok. and if i ever was to get thermal paste, it wouldnt be silver 5.
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December 22, 2012 6:13:03 PM

Okay. Any other suggestions in that price range? (Also, just wandering, would the noctua fit in my case? I'm willing to increase budget to 80$ if it's THAT good.)
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December 22, 2012 6:15:22 PM

My only huge beef with the noctua is that color. I'd really prefer something else, and maybe a little cheaper. Anything good in the 70 $ range?
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December 22, 2012 6:36:48 PM

+the noctua is too big for my case. (My case is only 7.72" deep!!!)
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December 22, 2012 7:29:14 PM

cm or mm please. not american


you can chose the u12p se2 if you cant fit a cooler thats 160mm
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December 22, 2012 8:05:05 PM

Oh. Well if it's of any concern, I hate the inches/foot thing too. 7.72 inches = 19.6 cm
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December 22, 2012 8:52:13 PM

*Cough* herroooo? xD
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December 22, 2012 9:20:21 PM

thats enoough space for a d14
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December 22, 2012 9:28:01 PM

Well, even if so, it's a bit out of my comfort budget. What do you think about a frio? :0 just say somewhere they were ok
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December 22, 2012 9:39:05 PM

frio is ok. you areprobably better off with a hyper 212 evo or a 612
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December 22, 2012 9:41:50 PM

612? also, I have some gpu troubles as well if you wanna help with that
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December 22, 2012 9:43:27 PM

And what about a closed water cooler thingy like an H60? I need a good lifespan, too, so
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December 22, 2012 10:33:45 PM

? >H60 basically
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December 23, 2012 7:56:12 AM

please, thread, please don't die xD
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December 23, 2012 8:26:06 AM

closed loop coolers arent that great, given most heatsinks perform the same for cheaoer, but if you dont want to worry about the heatsink interfering with other things, get a h80(preferably i)
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